Jazz: Concert and Conversation

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Date(s) - Saturday, April 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

American University, Katzen Arts Center Abramson Family Recital Hall


Hear from a stellar line-up of jazz historians and artists for a unique event combining entertainment and conversation about the state of jazz, with topics ranging from jazz performance, the music business, education and the health of jazz. What is the future of jazz if the National Endowment of Arts is cut? What are the business prospects for young musicians in D.C. and elsewhere? What kind of education is best to break into the field of performing jazz? The event will be participatory and engaging, driven by questions from audience members. Call 202-885-2787 for more information.

6 to 7 p.m. – Discussion and audience Q-and-A. This event is free and open to the public.

7 to 10 p.m. One-hour reception & concert. This event is ticketed. Tickets: $5–10. The American University Jazz Orchestra and special guest The Sax Summit, featuring Peter Fraize, Antonio Parker, and Elijah Jamal Balbed, perform. Tickets can be purchased here: http://american.tix.com

WHO (discussion):
Rusty Hassan, jazz historian and educator
DeAndrey Howard, musician and director, The Jazz and Cultural Society
Antonio Parker, legendary performer and educator
Elijah Jamal Balbed, young jazz star
Moderator: Joshua Bayer, director, American University Jazz Orchestra