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Jazz Appreciation Month Events at GW

Events to Commemorate Jazz and its Place in American Culture

Media Contacts: Angela Olson
202-994-3087; olsona@gwu.edu
Michelle Sherrard
202-994-1423; mcs1@gwu.edu

George Washington University will host a series of performances and community events to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April.

Launched in 2001 by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the month of recognition aims to draw greater attention to the long and storied history and cultural importance of jazz in the United States.

GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and its Department of Music, Lisner Auditorium, and community partners are collaborating to demonstrate why so many consider jazz a national treasure.

Media should R.S.V.P. to Angela Olson at olsona@gwu.edu or 202-994-3087.

April 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:
Jazz JAM at J Street

Marvin Center, Columbian Square, Ground Floor
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC

Jazz up the lunch hour for a free public jam session featuring the GW Jazz Faculty Group and the GW Latin band “Los Gringos.”

Free. No tickets required.

April 9, 1:30 p.m.:
Percussion Master Class with Giovanni Hidalgo

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street,  NW, Washington, DC

Percussionists—amateur and professional —are invited to learn with the world’s most sought-after conga player prior to his concert in Lisner Auditorium. For more information, contact the Music Department at 202-994-6245.

Free. No tickets required.

7:30 p.m.:
Latin Jazz JAM: An Evening of Percussion Featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street,  NW, Washington, DC

Grammy award winners and legendary percussionists Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo present an evening of Latin jazz. This event includes additional performances by Origem, “Los Gringos” and the GW Latin Percussion Ensemble with Maracatu Baque do Mangue. Co-produced with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.  

Tickets are free, but must be reserved at www.lisner.org.

April 12, Noon-2 p.m.:
Friday Jazz Jam Sessions Featuring the GW Jazz Faculty Group

Phillips Hall, Room B120
801 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC

A workshop on rhythm.

Free. No tickets required.

8 p.m.:
Lisner Auditorium and Washington Performing Arts Society Present Hugh Masekela

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street,  NW, Washington, DC

Best known for his Grammy-nominated hit single “Grazing in the Grass,” legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator on the world music and jazz scene. He played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour for the classic album “Graceland,” one of the first pop records to introduce world music to a broader public.

Tickets are $30 - $45 and may be purchased at www.lisner.org.

April 19, Noon-2 p.m.:
Friday Jazz Jam Sessions Featuring the GW Jazz Faculty Group

Phillips Hall, Room B120
801 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC

A workshop on jazz improvisation.

Free. No tickets required.

April 25, Noon-2 p.m.:
Friday Jazz Jam Sessions Featuring the GW Jazz Faculty Group

Phillips Hall, Room B120
801 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC

A workshop on jazz vocals.

Free. No tickets required.

8 p.m.-10 p.m.:
GW Jazz Festival featuring Justin Fink on trumpet

Phillips Hall, Room B120
801 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC

Senior recital.

Free. No Tickets required.

April 26, 9 p.m.-11 p.m.:
GW Jazz Festival featuring Maria Weissman on vocals and Davey Knific on piano

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC

Senior recital.

Free. No tickets required.

April 27, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.:
GW Student Jazz Ensembles

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC

Featuring special guests including the American University Jazz Orchestra, George Mason University Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble and Howard University’s vocal group Sassy.

Free. No tickets required.


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