* The Art Ensemble of Chicago

December 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
2700 F St NW
DC 20566
$30 - $40

“Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future.” For 50 years, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, under the leadership of the singular saxophonist and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, has pursued its own vision of creative, improvised music that also seeks to unite the whole history of African-American music. See “Ja” from the group’s 1979 album Nice Guys, where dirge-like free improvisation transforms into a swaying Afro-Caribbean, reggae-ish number and then peaks with blaring, collective improvisation.

The group performs in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Two separate sets at 7 and 9 p.m.



Jackson Sinnenberg

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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.

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