The 5th Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Fest starts in DC this weekend. This year's theme is Vivre La Nouvelle Orleans (literal music to my ears). My top 5 picks:
- Celebrating a Jazz Master: Ellis Marsalis - Monday, June 15 at the Kennedy Center. Unfortunately, someone was too slow getting tickets and the show sold out. If you or anyone you know has tickets you're looking to sell, PLEASE contact me at ewengel at yahoo dot com.
- New Orleans on the National Mall - Sunday, June 14. Lineup includes Buckwheat Zydeco, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Nicholas Peyton, and Ms. Irma Thomas.
- New Orleans on the National Mall - Saturday, June 13. Saturday's lineup includes Rebirth, Bob French, Terence Blanchard, and Little Freddie King.
- Afro Blue at the National Gallery or Art - Friday, June 5. Keep your fingers crossed that, as they're predicting, this insufferable rain actually stops, since this one's outside.
- The Revivalists at the Millennium Stage - Monday, June 8.