Jason Moran to Curate Harlem Night/U Street Lights

Concerts set for NYC and Washington, D.C.

New York’s Apollo Theater, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will present Harlem Night/U Street Lights, a two-venue jazz series curated by pianist/composer and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran. The program will be held at the Apollo on May 9, as part of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, and then at the Kennedy Center on May 10. The program, according to a press release, is intended to explore “the deep musical connection between the Harlem and D.C. jazz scenes.”

The show marks the first collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the Apollo and, says the release, “includes musicians from both communities and works emblematic of the jazz communities in each city, as well as music from other genres such as swing, bop and go-go.” Pianists Moran, Marc Cary, Bertha Hope and Gerald Clayton “will connect the dots between jazz luminaries with histories in both New York and Washington, D.C. (including Duke Ellington and Dr. Billy Taylor), while vocalists Queen Esther, Brianna Thomas and Howard University’s Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller) will mine the rich, related vocal legacy of both cities’ jazz roots,” says the release.

The evening will close with a “Miles Davis Meets Go-Go” jam, led by music director Cary and inspired by Davis’ 1980s fusion exploration of the music of the late Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman, featuring trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Donvonte McCoy; bassist Ben Williams; saxophonist Brian Settles; drummer Jimmy Cobb; drummer Kenny Quick; percussionist Mickey “Go-Go” Freeman; keyboardist Federico Gonzalez Peña and saxophonists Lakecia Benjamin and Bill Saxton.

Ticket Information

Apollo Theater: Tickets for Apollo events are available through the Apollo Theater Box Office, 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, 212/531-5305 and Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster.

Kennedy Center: Tickets for Kennedy Center events are available for purchase at the Kennedy Center Box Office, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566; by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600; or online at Kennedy Center. Tickets for the Kennedy Center event will be available starting February 4.