Mary Halvorson Octet, Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir and Brandee Younger Trio to perform at dynamic spaces around town
The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its return to the historic Howard Theatre in 2017, including the DC JazzFest’s Opening Ceremony on June 9 starring Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Tickets are now on sale.
The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce that Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will perform Saturday, June 10 at Sixth & I, as part of Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC. Aaron Myers, one of DC's most productive and socio-politically active musicians, brings his deeply soulful vocal stylings (reflecting his Texas roots) to the night as the opening act.
Saxophonist and composer Brian Settles has established himself as a rising force with a long-term artistic vision. Settles blends the outwardly engaging with the deeply personal, reconciling his intimate command of the jazz lineage with a commitment to his own experimental voice. He performs regularly with some of modern jazz's leading groups, including Tomas Fujiwara and The Hook Up, Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart and Big Band Kolossus, and bands led by Jonathan Finlayson. Settles has also accompanied the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Jason Moran and Marc Cary.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell honed her skills at Howard University and later at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Dashiell’s trajectory includes performances with Howard’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a participant in the 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program; at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.; and, as a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program.
A fearless and versatile talent, harpist Brandee Younger defies genres and labels as a classically-trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Ms. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, concert curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet. Ms.
Aaron Myers is a native Texan who began playing the piano at the age of 3. A veteran of the United States Army, where he also Played, Sang, Directed & Composed music; Aaron went on to Navarro College, majoring in Theater and Business, where he was the musical director with the College Gospel Choir.
The Brazilian music group Origem has been performing in the Washington metropolitan area for over 15 years, fostering public awareness of Brazilian culture through their music. Origem has performed in many local and national music festivals and venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carter Baron Amphitheater, The National Gallery of Art, the Taste of D.C. Festival, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. The group performs a variety of Brazilian music styles, such as samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe, and maracatu, from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil.
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