Jazz Avenues - June 2017

Virtuoso trumpeter Michael Thomas appears on June 16 at the National Gallery of Art and on June 17-18 at Twins Jazz.

Gonzalez, Woods, Dunn Help Kick Off East River JAZZFest

Thanks to our esteemed impresario Vernard Gray, jazz east of the river returns during the DC Jazz Festival with a lineup of acts celebrating the legacies of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Thelonious Monk – with some spicy Latin jazz for seasoning.

Again part of the DC Jazz Festival, Gray's 2017 East River Jazz Fest includes “Jazz from an African-Latin Perspective,” a free event with renowned bassist Pepe Gonzalez at 2 p.m., June 10, at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE; Mystical Monk, with the Charles Rahmat Woods Duo at 10 a.m., June 11, at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE; Remembering Lady Ella, with the Tiya Ade Ensemble at 2 p.m., June 11, at the Anacostia Arts Center; “Birks’ Works: The Music of Dizzy Gillespie,” with the Freddie Dunn Quintet at 8 p.m., June 12, at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE; Exploring Monk and Other Interesting Music, with the Warren Wolf/Kris Funn Duo at 8:30 p.m., June 12, at the Anacostia Playhouse; and Lenny Robinson's Monk Groove, with the Lenny Robinson Quintet, another free event, at 2 p.m., June 17, at the Fort Dupont Activities Center, Fort Dupont Drive SE.

For tickets and more information go to www.eastriverjazz.net.

DC Jazz Festival Elsewhere

All over the area, meanwhile, the DC Jazz Festival, celebrating its 13th year, presents its normal star-studded lineup of shows including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band and Ron Carter and Russell Malone, June 10 at the Howard; Afro-Cuban music with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, June 10 at the Historic Sixth & I; CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series show with Mary Halvorson Octet and Brian Settles, June 10 at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW; An Evening with Pat Matheny, June 12 at the Kennedy Center; DC JazzFest at The Yards shows, June 16-18, with Lori Williams, Robert Glasper Experiment, Jacob Collier, Kenny Garrett, Gregory Porter, and others; and the Capital Bop Loft Series show with Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir and the Reginald Cyntje Group, June 16 at NYU’s Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW.

At other venues and clubs around the city, performers include the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen at the Capital Fringe, Nasar Abadey with Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet, James King Band at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Nicole Saphos at Sotto, and Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update at Twins Jazz. 

And don't forget the Second Annual DC JazzPrix Competition Finals, at 7 p.m., June 15, at the University of the District of Columbia’s Performing Arts Building 46-East.

See www.dcjazzfest.org for complete information.

Sign Up for Carr, Grubbs Jazz Camps

Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy holds its JAM Camp from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 26-July 14, with the first two weeks at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring and the third at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase. The JAM Lab residency camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 9-14 at the National 4-H Conference Center. For more information call 301-871-8418 or see www.jazzacademy.org.

Registration is now open for Summer Activity Extraordinaire (SAX) Music & Dance Camp Program for youth ages 4-17, July 31-Aug. 11. The sessions offer instrumental and vocal music, dance, and chess, with instruction by artists such as award-winning saxophonist and bandleader Carl Grubbs, the camp director. Sessions are held at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Barbara Harrell Grubbs at 410-944-2909 and see www.contemporaryartsinc.org.

June Highlights: … Latin Interpretations of American Jazz, June 10, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum ... Rick Alberico, June 11, Twins Jazz … Miho Hazama/Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble: Monk at 100, June 12, Atlas Performing Arts Center … Irene Jalenti, June 14, Twins Jazz … Nasar Abadey with Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet, June 14, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Recital Hall/Building 46-West ... JAZZForum/Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation: Building a Network, June 15, UDC Recital Hall/Building 46-West … Michael Thomas Quintet, June 16, National Gallery of Art Garden … Tim Whalen Quintet, June 16, Twins Jazz … Alison Crockett, June 17, The Alex at The Graham Hotel in Georgetown … Michael Thomas Quintet/Anthony Nelson Quartet, June 17-18, Twins Jazz … Nico Sarbanes/Tribute to Chet Baker, June 23, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Juanita Williams, June 23, National Gallery of Art Garden … Kenny Rittenhouse/Bob Murad Trio, June 23-24, Twins Jazz … Pat Martino Organ Trio, June 23-24, Blues Alley … Chris Potter Quartet, June 26, Blues Alley … Celebration for Nasar Abadey, June 30, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Victor Provost, June 30, National Gallery of Art Garden

June Birthdays: Josephine Baker, Dakota Staton 3; Oliver Nelson, Anthony Braxton 4; Monty Alexander 5; Jimmie Lunceford, Grant Green 6; Tal Farlow, Tina Brooks 7; Kenny Barron 9; Chick Corea, Geri Allen 12; Jaki Byard, Erroll Garner 15; Lucky Thompson 16; Eric Dolphy 20; Jamil Nasser 21, Milt Hinton 23; Reggie Workman 26; Andrew Hill 30

Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues.

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