Thursday, December 20, 2012

Smithsonian Holiday Jazz with Brad Linde & Sarah Hughes

Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes on Saxophone at the 2010 DC Jazz Festival's Jazz at the Phillips Collection.
Photo © Ron Weinstock

If you are in The Washington DC area tonight, Thursday December 20, you might want to check out the Holiday Program the Smithsonian's Museum of American Art is presenting in the Kogod Courtyard starting at 5:00 PM and continuing until the Museum closes at 7:00PM. It will be some cool yuletime jazz with The Brad Linde Quartet and a Brass Ensemble. The program is described as "Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes present an evening of holiday music arranged for their jazz quartet and brass ensemble. Listen to your favorite Christmas classics as you've never heard them in the Brad Linde Quartet's unique post-cool, free-bop style." In addition to the music, one can participate in a free drawing workshop during the Take 5! performances. Build your own sketchbook from recycled materials to take home. Workshops are in conjunction with the exhibition Abstract Drawings.

It marks the return of the monthly series of free jazz concerts at the Kogod Courtyard. Upcoming programs in the Take 5! series include saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed: Tribute to Wayne Shorter on Thursday, January 24  which is in tribute to Wayne Shorter's 80th birthday year. Elijah Jamal Balbed, will showcase Shorter's early works. On Thursday, February 21, Take 5! will showcase Trumpeter Mike Davis performing the music of the legendary Kenny Dorham, one of the mist significant trumepters of the bebop and hardbop period (1945-1965). 

For more information on these performances and the Take 5! series visit the Smithsonian’s website. Note that while the webpage has the performances running until 8:00PM, these performances will end by 7:00PM.

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