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An Afternoon of Jazz Featuring an Author Talk & Booksigning
August 12 @ 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
MahoganyBooks, in partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center, is thrilled to announce an afternoon of jazz. The event begins at 2:30PM with the editor and contributors of the recently released book, DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington DC, discussing the often overlooked and little known history of DC’s contribution to the growth and impact of jazz. Co-editor, Blair Ruble, will lead several book contributors through a wide ranging conversation touching on DC jazz institutions, the cultural hotbed of Seventh and U Streets, as well as the great Duke Ellington’s time in the nation’s capital. The panel will also open up for questions allowing for attendees to probe decades of knowledge around this classic American art form birthed out of Black life.
At the conclusion of the panel Blair Ruble and the contributors will autograph* each attendees book while being treated to live jazz courtesy of the Kent Miller Quartet, “a kind of big band, straight-ahead jazz throwback” led by D.C.-based acoustic bassist, Kent Miller.
About the Book
Noted historians Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble, editors of this book, present a collection of original and fascinating stories about the DC jazz scene throughout its history, including a portrait of the cultural hotbed of Seventh and U Streets, the role of jazz in desegregating the city, a portrait of the great Edward “Duke” Ellington’s time in DC, notable women in DC jazz, and the seminal contributions of the University of District of Columbia and Howard University to the scene. The book also includes three jazz poems by celebrated Washington, DC, poet E. Ethelbert Miller. Collectively, these stories and poems underscore the deep connection between creativity and place. A copublishing initiative with the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the book includes over thirty museum-quality photographs and a guide to resources for learning more about DC jazz.
About the Book Contributors
Blair A. Ruble is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center, where he previously served as Vice President for Programs, and Director of the Kennan Institute. He received his MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and an AB degree with Highest Honors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His seven book-length works include; Washington’s U Street: A Biography (2010); and The Muse of Urban Delirium (2017).
Bridget Arnwine is a freelance writer and photographer residing in Reisterstown, Maryland. She has written bios for the Tri-C Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and she served as the National Jazz Artists Examiner and DC Jazz Music Examiner for examiner.com for more than three years. Her other published work has appeared in allaboutjazz.com, jazzpolice.com, jazzjournalists.org, The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature, and her newly formed Beets & Bebop Media at beetsandbebopmedia.com. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
Willard Jenkins is artistic director of the annual DC Jazz Festival. He has been a jazz programmer at WPFW since 1989. He is coauthor of the award-winning African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, and recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism award from the Jazz Journalists Association. He can be contacted at www.openskyjazz.com.
Rusty Hassan has been the producer and host for weekly jazz radio programs for over fifty years. He currently hosts Thursday Night Jazz on WPFW 89.3FM. He was a union representative with the American Federation of Government Employees for thirty-four years. He has taught jazz history courses at Georgetown University, American University, University of Maryland University College, and the Smithsonian Institution. He currently teaches at the University of the District of Columbia. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities recognized him with a special award for his contribution to the community with his years of broadcasting in Washington DC.
Bill Brower is is a founding partner of JBV Production, LLC, an event-production company based in Washington, DC. He has been active in jazz as a journalist and commentator; festival producer and stage manager; oral historian and photographer.
About the Kent Miller Quartet
The Kent Miller Quartet is a kind of big band, straight-ahead jazz throwback — but in the best way. The D.C.-based acoustic bassist draws together his crew — tenor saxophonist Benny Russell, pianist Darius Scott, and percussionist Robert Shahid — to own the traditional genre, with a few delightful detours along the way.”
- Anacostia Arts Center