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February 24, 2018
Thinking About Jazz

Roger Wendell “Buck” Hill: The Wailin’ Mailman

Born Roger Wendell “Buck” Hill, one of D.C.’s finest jazz artist he exceled on tenor and soprano saxophone   He emerged in a generation that gave birth to many other jazz greats who rose to notoriety through traveling extensively and recording along the way.  While Buck toured some early in his career he found this difficult while balancing his love of family and his hometown roots.  So he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service and fit his love of jazz around his commitment to work and family.  He performed with Charlie Byrd in the 50’s; went somewhat silent during the 60’s, but began recording extensively as a leader in the 70’s while still collaborating with others throughout this time.  Buck was a very modest person and never found it easy to promote himself.  Within the D.C. jazz community he was a trusted friend and inspiring musician.  His recent death at age 90 has left all who knew him sad at his transition but thankful for having known him and graced by his astounding talent.  Bill Brower has documented Buck’s life and will bring this important presentation.

Other 2018 TAJ Events

April 28th
Marian McPartland:  Piano Jazz

June 30th
Art Blakey:  Jazz Messenger

August 25th
U Street Jazz:  Black Broadway

October 27th
Bill Evans:  A New Tonality

December 15th
Lena Horne:  From Jazz Voice to Political Activist


Thinking About Jazz is a public service brought to you by Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation (SRDC)--a cultural ministry arm of Westminster DC. 

This free educational experience happens every other month from 1-3pm  on the 4th Saturday (except December).  Each one focuses on a different giant or genre of jazz and features vintage video footage and select audio recordings delivered by experts in the subject matter.

The material along with Q & A allows participants to go deeper into the history, stories and power of the art form and those who have created it.

Light refreshments are served and door prizes are given.

  • Rev. Brian Hamilton, President
  • Lloyd Jordan, Chair
  • Dick Smith, Jazz Night Program Director

Marilyn Abraham, James Besley, Yolanda R. Coleman, Vyllorya Evans, Gwen Fleming, Wilma Goldstein, Sue K. Gresham, Blanche Hamilton, Alicia Hetzner, Donald Roe, Tangela Roe, Brenda Wilder, Von Deleah Williams
The Thinking About Jazz Committee
holds a planning meeting the last Saturday of January, March, May, July, Sept, Nov, 10am to noon at Westminster.  You are invited to join this committee!  Check the calendar for the next meeting.  You will enjoy your welcome to the committee and the opportunity to be part of planning another great Thinking About Jazz event.