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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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April 7-12, 2014

Join us
for an exciting week of performances,
lectures, films and masterclasses celebrating
Jazz Appreciation Month, America's Jazz Heritage
and our Distinguished Jazz Alumni!

Jazz Week 2014 Alumni Concert Flyer
HU Jazz Alumni Concert
featuring Geri Allen
Jazz Week 2014 All Events Flyer
All Jazz Week 2014 Events

Except where noted, Jazz Week events are held in Childers Recital Hall, Lulu Vere Childers Hall (Fine Arts Bldg), Room 3001, and are free and open to the public.

Event Parking

Limited street parking is available for all on-campus events. It is recommended that patrons take Metro and use the Howard University Shuttle Service (free of charge) from the Shaw/Howard Metro Stop (Green Line) to the Cramton Auditorium Shuttle Stop on the main campus.

University Parking and Transportation information, including Shuttle Schedule


A hi-resolution 2014 Alumni Jazz Concert flyer is available here.
A hi-resolution flyer with all 2014 Jazz Week events is available here.

MONDAY - APRIL 7, 2014

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Panel Discussion: History of Jazz at Howard University (1955 - 2014)
Panelists:  Dr. Arthur Dawkins, Keith Kilgo, Bertell Knox, Andrew White
Moderator:  Dr. Sais Kamalidiin
Location: Childers Recital Hall (LVC 3001)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Howard University Jazz Alumni Concert featuring Geri Allen, Afro Blue, Traces of Blue, Afro Blue Alumni Ensemble, HUJE and HUJE Alumni Ensemble

Location*: Cramton Auditorium - Howard University Main Campus
$20 - adults; $10 students & seniors w/valid ID; $5 - children 12 and under.  www.ticketmaster.com or Cramton Auditorium Box Office (M-F, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m)

A hi-resolution Alumni Jazz Concert flyer is available here.


10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Workshop - Childers Recital Hall
“From I-VI-II-V to 9-to-5:  Alternative Jobs in the Music Industry"
Presenter:  Brian Vickers, Music Coordinator for Bunim/Murray Productions, Los Angeles, CA

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Childers Recital Hall
Vocal Ensemble Master Class
Clinicians: Members of Traces of Blue, Prof. Connaitre Miller
Participants:  Woodrow Wilson H.S., Lori Williams, director

2:00 - 3:30 - Workshop - Childers Recital Hall
“The Business of Jazz:  Beyond the Music”
Presenter:  Kevin Struthers - Director of Jazz Programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts _______________________________________________________


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Concert - Blackburn Art Gallery
Prof. Charles Covington - Jazz Organ
Allyn Johnson - piano;  Savannah Harris - drums
This concert is part of a Retirement Appreciation Program for Prof. Charles Covington.  Reception will follow.


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Symposium  - Childers Recital Hall
“Howard University Alumni Jazz Entrepreneurs and Mentors”
Presenters:  Paul Carr, Executive Director - Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival; Music Director - Jazz Academy of Music  AND Davey Yarborough, President/Artistic Director - Washington Jazz Arts Institute; Director of Jazz Studies - Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Moderator:  Sunny Sumter - Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival

12:40 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Concert - Childers Recital Hall
“The Legacy of Charlie Parker” - Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet featuring Prof. Charlie Young

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Childers Recital Hall
“Rare Jazz Film”
Presenter:  Larry Applebaum, Senior Music Reference Librarian and jazz specialist in the Music Division:  Library of Congress

12:40 - 1:30 p.m. - Childers Recital Hall
Jazz Improvisation Class (Performance)
Professor Charlie Young, III, instructor.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Childers Recital Hall
Saxophone Studio in Recital
From the studio of Charlie Young, III.

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Westminster Presbyterian Church
HUJE @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Location*: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

SATURDAY, April 12, 2014

HUJE @ National Portrait Gallery
Location*: National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian Institution, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001 _______________________________________________________

2014 Alumni Concert Flyer

A hi-resolution 2014 Alumni Jazz Concert flyer is available here.
A hi-resolution flyer with all 2014 Jazz Week events is available here.


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Jazz Week 2009

Jazz Week 2010 Poster
Jazz Week 2010





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HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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SAASy at National Museum of American History
Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Jessica Boykin-Settles. Walter H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History - Thu, April 25, 12pm - FREE

HUJE at Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival
Annual concert hosted by UDC featuring the big bands of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC - Mon, April 29, 8pm - $Admission

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")