- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2001

It's jazz, it's free, and it's in some of the most attractive surroundings in Washington. Check it out.
The Imax Jazz Cafe, National Museum of Natural History, between Ninth and 11th streets on Constitution Avenue NW, adjacent to the National Mall. Free jazz performances every Friday throughout the year. See www.mnh.si.edu/imax/jazzcafe.html.

Aug. 17Tony Martucci trio
Aug. 24Bill Harrisjazz pianist
Aug. 31Robert Redd jazz pianist
Sept. 7Tommy Cecilbassist
Sept. 14James Kingbassist
Sept. 21Tony Martucci trio
Sept. 28Robert Reddpianist

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, adjacent to the National Mall. Free jazz ensembles every Friday in summer through Labor Day. Call 202/842-6353.

Aug. 17Young and Rollins flamenco guitarists
Aug. 24Harold Little Group
Aug. 31Jerry Gordonjazz guitarist

Possibly the most ambitious is the jazz studies program at the University of the District of Columbia, Van Ness campus on Connecticut Avenue NW. UDC's calendar of recitals and public performances by student and faculty jazz performers is one of the most ambitious of those presented by area universities' music departments. UDC boasts the world-famous Felix Grant Jazz Archives and a faculty of jazz performers, including director Calvin Jones, who played under Ray Charles and many other jazz ensembles in the glory days of jazz. Call 202/274-5803 or see www.wrlc.org/~lrdudc/index.html.
The first free performance is scheduled for Oct. 2.
The Kennedy Center jazz program includes resident artist Billy Taylor and his trio, coupled with an eclectic ensemble of visiting artists, including trombonist Curtis Fuller, saxophonist Carol Chaikin, trumpeter Tanya Darby, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard and others.
Other stand-alone performances include Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon and Take 6, Dianne Reeves, Vanessa Rubin and Kevin Mahogany, and Keiko Matsui.
The center also supports the Betty Carter Jazz program, which identifies outstanding emerging artists and brings them to the Kennedy Center under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors, with opportunities for the public to hear their performances.
The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival is an 8-year-old jazz program at the Kennedy Center, featuring top artists from around the world, as well as free lunchtime jam sessions on the Center's Millennium Stage, and seminars for working artists and serious fans. See https://kennedy-center.org/programs/jazz/schedule.html.

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