Kennedy Center Announces Blue Note at 75 Events in D.C.

Blanchard, Moran, Glasper and Blue Note alumni will perform

Lou Donaldson
Jason Moran

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The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will present Blue Note at 75 from May 3-11, marking the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records with a series of events. Keyboardist and composer Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz (and a Blue Note artist), will host the event.

Scheduled events include trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and his quintet; the Robert Glasper Experiment; a listening party with Moran and Terence Blanchard discussing their all-time top Blue Note albums and tracks; and a closing night concert featuring Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner.

Additional events-including lectures, film screenings, a photo exhibit, concerts and more-will take place at other locations in Washington, including the Goethe-Institut, the Library of Congress and the German Historical Institute. In cooperation with the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, an exhibit in the Kennedy Center Hall of States will display examples of Blue Note album cover art. Also, ARTSEDGE, the Kennedy Center’s digital learning program, will hold a national online album cover art challenge for youth in four cities, in association with the Digital Youth Network.