600C H St NE
The Jazz and Freedom Festival is the brainchild of Shannon Gunn, a jazz trombonist and educator, who runs the nonprofit record label JTTB Records. She was inspired by a similar event at Michigan State University in which her professors performed pieces from Max Roach and Oscar Brown Jr.’s “Freedom Now Suite” as part of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in 2003.
This year’s gathering benefits the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, under leadership of Herb Scott and Aaron Myers.
The festival starts in the afternoon and will run into the wee-hours, featuring panel discussions and speakers from the DC’s jazz and justice world as well as performances from the cutting edge: Sonic Duo, featuring trombonist Reginald Cyntje and pianist Allyn Johnson; Heidi Martin, performing the Abbey Lincoln songbook; rising saxophonist Rachel Winder; and Herb Scott, alto saxophonist and founder of the CHJF.
4:00?||? Doors open
4:30?||? Panel discussion with Herb Scott and Aaron Myers of the DCHJF and Desiree Venn Frederic of Combing Cotton Co; moderated by Gloria Nauden
5:45?||? Heidi Martin’s “ABBEY!” Envoicements
WPFW’s Rusty Hassan speaks
6:45?||? Rachel Winder
8:00?||? Sonic Duo (featuring Reginald Cyntje and Allyn Johnson)
Brief pause: raffle + call to action
9:15?||? Herb Scott Band
10:00?||? Open jam led by Herb Scott