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Jazz on Tap for the Kennedy Center’s REACH Festival

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will mark its first expansion on September 7-22 with the REACH Opening Festival, featuring more than 1,000 artists, 500 free events, and one day spotlighting jazz. The free festival celebrates the opening of the REACH, a living theater where diverse art forms collide to break down … Read More “Jazz on Tap for the Kennedy Center’s REACH Festival”

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2019 Jazz Ahead Program Announces 24 Artists from 7 Countries

The Kennedy Center’s international jazz career development program has announced the participants of the 21st annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program. The two-week residency includes training in performance, composing, and career development. Led by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding artists and composers in their teens to … Read More “2019 Jazz Ahead Program Announces 24 Artists from 7 Countries”

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NEA Jazz Masters to Be Honored at Kennedy Center on April 15

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor this year’s Jazz Masters—Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria Schneider, and Stanley Crouch—with a series of Washington D.C.-based events in mid-April, including an NPR-hosted listening party and a student master class. On April 15, a tribute concert will be held at the Kennedy Center, featuring performances by Jay … Read More “NEA Jazz Masters to Be Honored at Kennedy Center on April 15”

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Jason Moran Pays Tribute to James Reese Europe at Kennedy Center

Pianist and composer Jason Moran will pay tribute to the legacy of James Reese Europe, the African-American bandleader who introduced jazz to France at the end of World War I, with the U.S. premiere of a new original piece at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The piece, titled … Read More “Jason Moran Pays Tribute to James Reese Europe at Kennedy Center”

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Toshiko Akiyoshi Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award

The Japanese pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi will receive the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Oct. 19. The award, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, recognizes living jazz masters from the … Read More “Toshiko Akiyoshi Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award”

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Odean Pope Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award

Philadelphia-based saxophonist Odean Pope was presented with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in a ceremony and reception on Oct. 27 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. After the reception, attendees took in a performance by recent Living Legacy awardee Ron Carter and his trio. According … Read More “Odean Pope Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award”

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