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Blues Alley Jazz Society Announces The 15th Annual BIG BAND JAM! And The 3rd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 12, 2018

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The non-profit Blues Alley Jazz Society has announced the 15th annual BIG BAND JAM! and the 3rd annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition between April 26 and 28, 2019. The former event was conceived in 2004 to honor Jazz Appreciation Month and the latter in 2017 to honor the centennial of America’s “First Lady of Song.”

Next year’s event will honor her seminal 1963 recording “Ella and Basie” with the competition occurring at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University. The celebrity judge will be renowned vocalist Renee Marie who will also appear in performance with the Count Basie Orchestra.

The artist-in-residence will be saxophonist Bob Mintzer who will also be performing with the Yellowjackets and the United States Navy Commodores on the National Mall. There will also be panels, clinics, workshops and free performances. Additional details can be found online at and

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