* International Jazz Day

For the first time ever, Washington D.C. is hosting International Jazz Day! While the big whigs and fat cats party it up at the White House, the Theolonius Monk Institute is co-sponsoring a day of events all across the District.

Hear are a few of our favorite programs:

  •  The Smithsonian American History Museum is hosting a day of film, performance and discussion. After a screening of the Clark Terry documentary Keep On Keeping On, followed by performances from the Janelle Gil trio, Michael Bowie & Sine Qua Non, and the Sharon Clark Trio. The performances will be followed by a panel discussion entitled Jazz and Civil Rights which features Herbie Hancock and Hugh Masekela. (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Please note that registration is required. Follow the hyperlinks to register for each event.
  • A walking history of Jazz on U street/Black Broadway with Dr.Bernard Demczuk, Assistant Vice President for District Relations.      (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Meet at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs. Register here.
  • A panel discussion on Women in Jazz with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, moderated by Charlie Gans. (11 a.m.) National Museum of Women In The Arts
  • An entire day (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.) of performances at DuPont Circle, including various, local school jazz ensembles, the Nasar Abadey Quartet (4 p.m.), the José André Trio at the Embassy of Bolivia (3 p.m.), and DuPont Brass (7 p.m.)
  • Dianne Reeves in performance with Cyrus Chestnut, Nasar Abadey, and James King at Thrive DC (1 p.m.)
  • A Q&A with Christian McBride at Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse (4 p.m)

Check out the full listing here, and join in celebrating DC Jazz all over the world.

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Jackson Sinnenberg is an Associate Producer for SiriusXM and a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the JazzTimes. NPR Music, NPR.org, the Washington City Paper and On Tap Magazine and the blog of Smithsonian Folkways Records. He previously covered the city’s music scene for WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station, where he was a show host, writer, and columnist. He graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree in American Musical Culture. Read him at sinnenbergmusic.com. Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.