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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.


Not Just a Church

August 25, 2018  Thinking About Jazz  (1-3pm)
U Street Jazz:  Jazz in DC

In the early years of the twentieth century, U Street was the epicenter of an urban cultural and social wetlands, a contact zone in which cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other; oftentimes through music. These deep contradictions created a tense conflict between norms and attitudes that melded into an explosive creative mix of class and background.  The sounds of a future American life emerged from this blend, as evident in the work of three preeminent cultural figures – the poet Langston Hughes, the novelist Jean Toomer, and the composer Duke Ellington – who captured the area’s inventiveness.  Like New York’s Harlem, New Orleans’ Storeyville, Memphis’s Basin Street, and Chicago’s Bronzeville, U Street and its adjoining neighborhood became one of the places where modern American – and not just African American – culture was born.  Excluded by whites, African Americans of all colors and classes were creating the dominant sounds of the United States of the twentieth century.  And jazz was among them.

Blair Ruble, presenter

Other 2018 TAJ Events

February 24th
Buck Hill:  The Wailin' Mailman

June 30th
Art Blakey:  Jazz Messenger

August 25th
U Street Jazz:  D.C. Jazz

October 27th
Bill Evans:  A New Tonality

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