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Blues Alley Outlines Plans for March and April 2021

Frank Hammel • News • March 19, 2021

Harry Schnipper from Blues Alley (www.bluesalley.org) provided JazzEd with an update on Blues Alley’s plans for March and April 2021. It follows:

Blues Alley is alive and well and back with two months of jam-packed music. While we would all like to continue see to the return of live music, that is clearly not the case for the foreseeable future. Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser has extended our live music moratorium through the month of May and so we continue to adapt to your musical needs.

Here in our Nation’s Capital we have partnered with all of our prestigious cultural institutions to expand our platforms and to invest in our musicianship. First up is a collaboration with six of America’s most venerable venues for the first East Coast Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 20th. These venerable venues include Sculler’s (Boston), Birdland (NYC), Small’s (NYC), Chris’ Jazz (Philadelphia), Keystone Korner (Baltimore) and Blues Alley (WDC). The festival will feature over sixty artists performing on six separate stages over six hours between 5:00-11:00 pm. This is a free festival but donations are encouraged to compensate the artists.

Next up will be “Jazz Guitar Month” in April featuring guitar legend Dave Chappell. Blues Alley has surrendered our April calendar over to him, and he will be collaborating and performing with other guitar virtuosos every Monday night via virtual streaming.

April will also usher in “Jazz Appreciation Month” which will feature a number of notable notes including our 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald international vocal competition on Saturday, April 24th. Come help us introduce our five finalists who will be competing virtually before our three judges and the world as we broadcast our event from the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. Additional details can be found at www.EllaFitzgeraldCompetition.org.

Finally, we are going to close out the month presenting “International Jazz Day” on Friday, April 30th. Founded by UNESCO in 2011, presented by the Herbie Hancock Institute and producing our own “Embassy Jazz Series” for this resplendent event. Blues Alley Jazz will be hosting artists and musicians from Portugal, Poland, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Japan. All performances will be pre-recorded due to the pandemic and presented virtually on the Blues Alley stage. This will be a free festival and additional details can be viewed at www.JazzDay.org.

Please take a moment to explore our Blues Alley world, our partners, our performers and our virtual presentations as we continue to provide our audience with the highest quality viewing programming content possible.

For more information, visit www.bluesalley.org

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