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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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Finalists Announced for Ella Fitzgerald Competition

The Blues Alley Jazz Society, the Smithsonian Institution and the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation have named the five finalists for the second annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition in Washington, D.C. The finalists are: Erik Leuthaeuser of Berlin; Sarah Rossy of Toronto; Sarah Moyers of Burke, Virginia; Monica Pabelonio of Boston; and Dalia Nasr of … Read More “Finalists Announced for Ella Fitzgerald Competition”

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

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 … Read More “DC Jazz Festival Names Ben Williams First Artist-in-Residence”

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Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival To Celebrate Abbey Lincoln on May 4

The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, an annual Kennedy Center event honoring women in jazz, will celebrate the life and career of vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln with a concert on May 4 at 8 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. Performers at this year’s festival include 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne … Read More “Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival To Celebrate Abbey Lincoln on May 4”

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