2700 F St NW
The second day of the REACH Festival, celebrating the Kennedy Center’s REACH expansion, is curated by Jason Moran, the Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz and one of the most imaginative pianists of his generation. The selections reflect the desire to showcase the new space’s full potential, with film screenings and workshops on top of performances that respect and challenge notions of jazz identity. The event is free but a timed pass is required for entry
John Coltrane-Inspired Meditation Services, 10 a.m. – Skylight Pavilion There was an undeniable spiritual quest at the heart of John Coltrane’s music during the 1960s, so much so that an African Orthodox Church in San Francisco denoted him as a saint and leads services with his work. Members of that same Saint John Coltrane Church come to lead a spiritual/meditation service open to all.
Brandee Younger, 6 p.m. – Studio K Harpist Brandee Younger is perhaps the most prominent performer on her instrument in the jazz world, after the passing of Alice Coltrane in 2007. Younger actually has ties to Coltrane, having performed at her memorial at the invitation of Ravi Coltrane. She performs a program of some of Alice’s greatest works for the harp.
Jason Moran & the Band Wagon, 7 p.m. – REACH Plaza Mainstage Jason Moran’s main vehicle for his own creativity these days is the Bandwagon trio, featuring the thundering bassist Tarus Mateen and gale-force drummer Nasheet Waits. They perform with Kelela, a Washington, D.C.-rooted electropop and R&B singer.
Flying Lotus, 8:45 p.m. – REACH Plaza Mainstage Steve Ellison, who goes by the stage name Flying Lotus, may be best known for his cosmically-influenced, psychedelic electronic music, but he has deep roots in the jazz tradition. He’s cousins with Ravi Coltrane and nephew to both Alice and John and also collaborates frequently with L.A. jazz luminaries like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat. His music and his live-sets weave melodic fragments, riffs and grooves from jazz, funk, EDM and hip-hop, among others, into an pulsating stream of joyful electronic noise.