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Gerald Wilson To Be Honored by Congressional Black Caucus

Virtuoso Jazz Violinist, John Blake, Jr.
Gerald Wilson

Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will host its annual jazz gala headlined by a special performance of Gerald Wilson’s jazz masterpiece “Detroit” featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, conducted by David Baker, with special guests to include fellow Detroit natives Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave and Joan Belgrave. Also performing will be violinist John Blake with Howard University’s Afro Blue Alumni Jazz Choir.

The event, officially titled the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Jazz Issue Forum and Concert will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The gala is hosted by Congressman John Conyers, Jr., a steadfast supporter of jazz for many years. The event is free and open to the public.

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