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DC Jazz Festival Names Ben Williams First Artist-in-Residence

Bassist will perform and meet with local artists as part of residency program

Bassist Ben Williams
Bassist Ben Williams performs at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Ken Franckling)

Grammy Award-winning bassist-composer-recording artist Ben Williams will serve as the first-ever DC Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence. As part of the residency program, the Washington, D.C. native will perform “I Am a Man,” his protest and uplift project, participate in a “Meet the Artist” conversation, honor Keter Betts in a pop-up performance with local artists and lead master classes.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be the very first Artist-in-Residence for this year’s DC JazzFest,” Williams said in a press release. “To receive this in my beloved hometown makes it that much more special.”

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