First Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Opens in Washington, D.C.

Classic Arts News   First Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Opens in Washington, D.C.
The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Washington, D.C.'s first-ever major jazz festival, opens today at several locations around the city.

Tonight's events include an invitation-only reception and performance at the House of Representatives' Rayburn Office Building and a gala performance featuring the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Lincoln Theatre.

The festival culminates in a free day of music on the National Mall on October 1. Performers include saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his quartet, trumpeter Wallace Roney's sextet, and New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Other festival performers include guitarist Larry Coryell and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra; among the venues are jazz clubs Blues Alley and Bohemian Caverns.

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