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September 17, 2005

Duke Ellington Jazz Festival to Premiere

Written by
cindy mcleod

The first annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival is scheduled to kick off in Washington, D.C., on September 28th, 2005. Taking place over five full days, the festival features an esteemed group of headliners, including the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wallace Roney, Chico O’ Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band, and vocalist Sunny Sumter, among others.

The highlight of the event will undoubtedly be the full day of free performances on The National Mall, sure to attract a large and appreciative audience. Venerable locales such as Lincoln Theatre, Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, Blues Alley, and Bohemian Caverns will feature The International Jazz Showcase, while various clubs and restaurants along the famous music corridor of U-Street will also host performances.

The festival celebrates the contributions of the great Duke Ellington, one of the most important musical geniuses of the 20th century, and a proud native of the U.S. capital.

Two music awards will also be launched during the festival, The Washington, D.C. Jazz Hall of Fame and an annual Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award. www.dejazzfest.org

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