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The BIG BAND JAM! 2013

The 9th Annual BIG BAND JAM! may be over but the big band beat goes on here in our Nation’s Capitol. This year we were aided by renowned saxophonist Ernie Watts, capably educated by academician Steve Lipman and entertained by fellow saxophonists Andrew White, Pete BarenBregge, Charlie Young and Scott Silbert as we paid tribute to the “Legacy of John Coltrane”.

We are already underway with planning the 10th Annual BIG BAND JAM! between April 20th-30th, 2014 and our featured artist/clinician will be renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer in performance and education. Mr. Mintzer will be performing in concert with both big band and his own small ensemble the Yellowjackets. We will be featuring Mr. Mintzer’s musical charts in school performances at Pershing Park Plaza on the National Mall and adjacent to The White House.

Pershing Park Plaza will once again serve as our host stage with a variety of different venues acting as our programming partners. Past performance venues have included the Smithsonian Institutions, Sylvan Amphitheater, Fort Meyer, Blues Alley, National Press Club, Voice of America, US Botanic Gardens, Grace and Westminster Churches. A future schedule will be developed according to venue demand and updated periodically on this website. If you plan to visit our Nation’s Capitol during “Jazz Appreciation Month” in April of 2014 then please plan to attend the 10th Annual BIG BAND JAM!.

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