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Nnenna Freelon Headlines Howard’s Jazz Week

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2011) – Jazz singer and six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon will headline Howard University’s Fourth Annual Jazz Week. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Department of Music will host a week of jazz concerts and lectures from April 3 to April 10.

Known as the “international voice of jazz,” Nnenna Freelon has worked with a dozens of artists including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Al Jarraeu. She has also performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall. Freelon will be feautured in a concert that will  kick off Jazz Week’s events on Sunday, April 3 at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Jazz Week will also feature performances by The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble, Afro Blue, “The Next Wave (U.S. Naval Academy Jazz Band) and the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. The week’s lectures and performances will be held on Howard’s main campus and locations throughout Washington D.C.

Howard University Jazz Week Schedule

Sunday, April 3

Nnenna Freelon Concert
Location: Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: General $15
  Students/Seniors 65+ - $10
  Children (under 12) - $5

Monday, April 4

Symposium: John Hasse- Creator of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)
Location: Lulu Vere Childers Recital Hall, Room 3001
Time: 1 p.m.

Concert: Afro Blue and The Howard University Jazztet
Location: BluesAlleyJazzClub- 1073 WisconsinAve. NWWashington, DC
Time: Show 1: 8 p.m.
 Show 2: 10 p.m.
Admission: $18

Tuesday, April 5

Lecture: "The Legacy of Billie Holiday"- by Jessica Boykin-Settles
Location: Lulu Vere Childers Recital Hall, Room 3001
Time: 10 a.m.

Concert: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble “The Music of Gerry Mulligan”
Location: Lulu Vere Childers Recital Hall, Room 3001
Time: 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

Concert: Howard University Jazz Faculty
Location: Armour J. Blackburn Center Gallery Lounge
Time: 12 p.m.

Thursday, April 7

Symposium: Yvonne Harris Burnley & Lolita Harris, Entertainment Law
Location: Lulu Vere Childers Recital Hall (3001)
Time: 10 a.m.

Concert: "The Next Wave" (U.S. Naval Academy Jazz Band)
Location: Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
Time: 12:40 p.m.

Friday, April 8

Concert: Howard University Jazz Ensemble
Location: WestminsterChurch, 400 ISt. SW, Washington, DC
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $5

Sunday, April 10

Concert: Howard University Jazz Ensemble
Location: Anacostia Community Museum
             1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington DC
Time:     3 p.m.

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