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Jazz Appreciation Month events around town

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the District is offering plenty of opportunities to hear live music, some of it free, all month long. Coming up this weekend:

Friday, April 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education will host a free music education program in collaboration with Dr. J.B. Dyas, vice president for education and curriculum development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Trumpeter/educator Terell Stafford will perform during the event, which will also include a performance by a student jazz quartet from the Arts High School in Newark, NJ and an interactive jazz talk.

The event is scheduled for 11:30am-1pm and will be held at the Department of Education building at 400 Maryland Ave, SW.

To register, RSVP to or for questions, contact Jackye Zimmermann at 202-401-0762 or via email at Note: participants must show a photo ID to enter the building.

For more information on Terell Stafford, go to and for information on the programs offered by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz go to

Also slated for Friday, Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché will perform as part of a workshop and concert at the Warner Brothers Theater, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The workshop begins at 1:30pm and the concert begins at 6pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Workshop: Musicians of curious listeners are welcome to participate in a moderated conversation and interactive music demonstration with Sanabria and his band. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Concert: Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché will perform a special Latin jazz concert dedicated to trailblazing Smithsonian Curator Marvette Perez (1961-2013). To attend, please RSVP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the first and last names of you and your guests. Auditorium doors will open at 5:30pm (Reservations will be held until 5:50pm)

Note: please enter the National Museum of the American History via Constitituion Avenue. For more information call 202-633-0925 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This workshop and concert are a collaboration of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Latino Center, Anacostia Community Musuem, and the George Washington University. Both events will be webcast live!

Tonight, April 12, 2014

Grace Kelly, BlackRock Center for the Arts; show time: 8pm; tickets: $14-30

Singer/Saxophonist Grace Kelly is a young woman who’s accomplished big things in her short career. The 21 year old has recorded an astounding eight albums as a bandleader her most recent of which is, Grace Kelly Live at Scullers.

There will be a post- show Q & A with Kelly that is moderated by WPFW’s Willard Jenkins.

Cyrus Chestnut, Blues Alley; show times: 8pm & 10pm (tonight’s 8pm show is sold out); tickets: $30 +$4.50 fee

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is quite possibly one of the most soulful musician on the scene today. The man who has performed with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Betty Carter masterfully blends jazz and gospel to create a sound that is distinctly Chestnut.

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