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June 30, Thinking About Jazz  (1-3pm)
Art Blakey:  Jazz Messenger

Arthur “Art” Blakey was born on October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA where his uncle Ruby was a popular Pittsburgh vocalist and band leader in who attended Fisk University.  Blakey received some piano lessons in school and continued to teach himself.  By seventh grade he was playing professionally and learning to be a band-leader.  At some point in the early 30’s he switched from piano to drums and assumed the aggressive swing style of Chick Webb and Sid Catlett.  In the mid 40’s he worked with Billy Eckstine’s big band and here became associated with the emerging bebop movement along with bandmates Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and others. In the 50’s he formed the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver and became known for nurturing young players such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson and Wynton Marsalis.  He died in 1970 in New York survived by four daughters and four sons.

Rusty Hassan, presenter

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.