Christian McBride- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Friday, September 6, 2013), show time (8pm); tickets: $10-$40
Civil rights is as much a part of jazz history as it is American history, so it’s only fitting that in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, a jazz musician and an institution of higher learning would join together in an effort to explore our nation’s past through the lens of our present. Bassist Christian McBride will perform a re-working of his 1988 composition The Movement Revisited to open the University of Maryland at College Park’s Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts’s 2013-2014 season. The composition is a four-part suite dedicated to four major figures of the Civil Rights movement: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali. The DC Heritage Signature Chorale will perform alongside McBride and his big band, while actor/activist Harry Belafonte will contribute spoken word selections throughout the performance.
Leading up to the night’s festivities, the University of Maryland at College Park’s schools of Public Health and Public Policy will host a two-day symposium (September 5 &6, 2013) on issues of race, rights & equality, the economy, and the arts. Speakers include Julian Bond, Liz Lerman, Touré, Marian Wright Edelman, Peter Edelman, Kalima Young, Dr. Howard Smead, Andy Shallal, Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, and Dr. Perla Guerrero. They symposium is free and open to the public.
Also performing around town this weekend:
September 6 &7, 2013- Twins Jazz Club (www.twinsjazz.com), show times: (8pm & 10pm)
The Todd Marcus Quartet will have their own celebration of jazz and culture this weekend when they explore the sounds of jazz and Middle Eastern music. The bass clarinetist, who is a regular around the Baltimore and Washington, DC area music scene, has performed with the likes of Larry Willis, Warren Wolf, Orrin Evans, Don Byron, and Benny Maupin.
September 7, 2013- downtown Silver Spring, MD (http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/rec/new_images/ss_jazzfest2013.pdf), show time: 4:30pm- 10pm)
Grammy Award winning NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis will headline the 10th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival. Regarded as one of the most talented and accomplished saxophonists of his generation, Marsalis has performed with a diverse group of musicians including his younger brothers Wynton and Delfeayo, his father Ellis, the Grateful Dead, Sting, Harry Connick, Jr., Art Blakey, Bruce Hornsby, Miles Davis, the Dave Matthews Band, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Guru, Shirley Horn, Béla Fleck, and Public Enemy.
Also performing during the festival are Marcus Johnson, the Noah Haidu Quintet, and National Philharmonic presents Songbook.