The Kennedy Center will be rocking this weekend with a diverse line-up of musicians at various stages in their careers.
Go to http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/?fuseaction=searchGenre&genre=JAZ for ticket information for the shows listed below.
Grace Kelly- Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center (tonight, October 4, 2013), show times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm; tickets: $26-$30
Saxophonist Grace Kelly—selected as a semi-finalist in this year’s Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, but self-removed due to contractual differences—will perform two sets in the venue where the Competition’s winner was announced just a few weeks ago. The 21 year old who has performed with artists ranging from NEA Jazz Masters Phil Woods and Dave Brubeck to Dee Dee Bridgewater and Tia Fuller, has been celebrated for her “intelligence, wit and feeling” ever since she released her debut recording, Dreaming, in 2002 at the tender age of twelve. Eight recordings and countless awards later, Kelly has continued to impress and thrill both audiences and critics alike.
Ahmad Jamal- Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Saturday, October 5, 2013), show time: 7:30pm; tickets: $38
NEA Jazz Master and 2007 Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Award winner Ahmad Jamal will perform with his quartet for one show only on Saturday. Jamal, a pianist who’s been living and creating the music for more than sixty years, has created just as many recordings as a leader. He will perform music from his September 2013 release, Saturday Morning. The members of Jamal’s quartet include drummer Herlin Riley, percussionist Manolo Bedrena, and bassist Reginald Veal.
The Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Jason Moran, will perform a solo piano set to start the show.
NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis will perform music that chronicles not only the foundation of jazz but also the history of African Americans. Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration tells the story of improvisational music while also exploring the tradition of gospel music. The multi-award winning Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be joined onstage by conductor Damien Sneed and his 70-person gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau for what promises to be a highly spirited performance.
Also happening this weekend:
The Writer’s Center in Bethesda will host a panel discussion with Patrick Jarenwattananon (NPR’s A Blog Supreme), Michael J. West (The City Paper, Washington Post), John Murph (JazzTimes and DownBeat), and Willard Jenkins (WPFW, openskyjazz.com) on “Writing about Music.”
Willard Jenkins recently received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz Journalism from the Jazz Journalists Association.
Go to https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1196 for more information