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Apr 28, Thinking About Jazz  (1-3pm)
2018   Marian McPartland: Piano Jazz

Margaret Marian Turner McPartland (3/20/1918- 8/20/2013) was an English-American jazz pianist, composer, and writer.  After her marriage to Jimmy McPartland, she lived in the U.S. when not traveling abroad.  From 1978 to 2011 she hosted Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, an NPR radio program.  In 1969 she founded Halcyon Records which produced albums for 10 years.  She received numerous awards including a Grammy for lifetime achievement, induction into National Radio Hall of Fame, NEA Jazz Master recognition and many others.  She has been a ground-breaking artist as champion for women in the arts, especially jazz.  In 2010 she was named a member of the Order of the British Empire.  Ellen Carter will bring this presentation on a most inspiring jazz master.

Other 2018 TAJ Events

February 24th
Buck Hill:  The Wailin' Mailman

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.