Drummer and composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader, and driving force of SUPERNOVA®, which performs music from the threshold of jazz to beyond space and time, expressing their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, modal, and free form. Based in Washington, DC, Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has recorded and performed with many national artists throughout his career.
In the spring of 2005, Dr. Arthur C. Dawkins retired from Howard University as a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Dawkins had directed Howard University Jazz Studies for 30 years.
Fred Irby, III, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of Grambling State University (Louisiana) and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). As Professor of Music at Howard University in Washington, DC, Mr. Irby is the Coordinator of Instrumental music, trumpet instructor, and Director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE). He is also Principal Trumpet of the Kennedy Center Opera House Musical Theater Orchestra and has recorded several films for the History Channel.
William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.
By Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director
By Rochelle Rice, Education Manager
The DC Jazz Festival Music Education Program is well on its way to being the go-to programs for high-quality music education in Washington DC. Across the city, over 5,000 students, teachers, and their families are deepening their love for learning through workshops, concerts, field trips, and classes from DC Jazz Festival.
By Sunny Sumter, Executive Director
By Mark O'Reilly, Project Coordinator