A Free Concert & Interactive Workshop for Students featuring The W.E.S. Group, led by saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, and former Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Ensemble Director at American University, Dr. William E. Smith who currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Bowie State University. Smith is also a renowned jazz musician who has performed with James Moody, Kenny Burrell and Donald Byrd. He also gives lectures on jazz and hip-hop in DCPS and DC public charters schools and at the University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Howard University, and others. Additional musicians include: Tyler Sherman (bass); Abinnet Berhanu (drums); Noble Jolley (piano); HIPHOPMAMA Princess Best (MC).
Jazz Meets Hip Hop provides free, high-quality music education programs for DC public school students, their teachers, and families, and empowers young people to experience music as a source of personal enrichment and as a vehicle for constructive human expression. Student concerts get the students "jazzed" about learning in fun and engaging ways.
The DC Jazz Festival® Roberta Flack Education Program is made possible through major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, Venable Foundation, NEA Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, New Music USA, and the PNC Foundation; and, in part, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.; and by the City Fund administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region The Roberta Flack Music Education Program is a project of the DC Jazz Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization. © 2015 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.