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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Celebrating Duke Ellington

Commemorate and celebrate Duke Ellington’s 125 birthday through music at The Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW) this spring. This year’s institution-wide Jazz season celebration of the musician who changed how the world heard music includes a variety of spectacular performances, tributes and new works.

Ellington, the native Washingtonian musician and composer, created innovative music across a variety of genres including pop, theatrical, swing and more. His music “represents so much more than the notes that he played,” said artistic director for jazz Jason Moran. “He represents a culture; he represents Washington, DC; he represents innovation and collectivity among artists. He represents humanity.”

Creative interpretations, festivals, performances and showcases will highlight a spring of celebration. “This season, we are continuing his story and honoring that immense heritage,” Moran said of the scheduled programming. 

Upcoming April events include: 

  • April 10: Jason Moran—Solo Ellington
  • April 13; NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
  • April 16: Beyond Category, Ellington Concert Music
  • April 23: Dover Quartet
  • April 24: Tomeka Reid
  • April 26: Three Keys to Ellington
  • April 29: Cyrus Chestnut: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert

Additional events this spring include: 

  • May 10-11: Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
  • June 7: Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran: Family Ball

Visit kennedy-center.org for more information about the upcoming Jazz season and other spring events.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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