The 4th annual Howard University Jazz Week began yesterday in our nation’s capital. The event is held each April in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month, which was launched in 2001 to celebrate jazz heritage in America.
Tonight Howard University presents Afro Blue and the Howard University Jazztet at Blues Alley, a premier jazz supper club in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood. The Afro Blue vocal ensemble is comprised of students studying music at HU. They’ve won two awards in the field and have been honored to perform for the Smithsonian, Japanese Embassy, Library of Congress, among other notable venues.
A bowl of Dizzy Gillespie’s shrimp creole and some live jazz along the blooming Potomac River sounds like the perfect Monday night to me…
Photo Credit: @heylovedc on Flickr
Interested to learn more about the jazz heritage in Washington, DC? Check out NPR’s Jazz Profiles on DC.