The University of the District of Columbia Small Jazz Ensemble

Logo for University of District of Columbia Small Jazz EnsembleIn Celebration of Black History Month 2012, the DC Public Library is pleased to announce a concert by The University of the District of Columbia Small Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, February 9,  at 12:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

Established in 1984 as a core component of the UDC Jazz Studies Program, the Jazz Ensemble features students, faculty and guest musicians. It has long been recognized as one of the premier jazz groups in Metropolitan Washington. The ensemble’s concerts have aired on Jazz Scene and WPFW 89.3 FM’s Jazz Messenger. The group has performed live at numerous venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Blues Alley, the MLKML Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio, and the East Carolina Jazz Festival in Greenville, North Carolina.

Allyn Johnson, Mass Media, Visual & Preforming Arts Professor, directs the ensemble. A recognized pianist, composer and arranger, Johnson previously taught jazz music at the university for six years. In 2001, he was selected to take part in the coveted Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Kennedy Center Residency program. The ensemble's recordings (DVDs) include Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (2007), Jazz Alive--The Legacy Continues (2006), and The House That Jones Built (2005).

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is accessible by Metro, and there is limited parking surrounding the library.

For more information regarding this event, please contact the library at 202-727-1261.