Big Band JAM!

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Join us for free Jazz Appreciation Month activities all April!

This year for Jazz Appreciation Month, we are excited to team up with Blues Alley Jazz Society to present the 14th Annual Big Band JAM! Developed to educate students about America’s unique jazz heritage and help them hone their own jazz performance skills, Big Band JAM presents adjudicated performances by local college and high school jazz bands for the public to attend and enjoy. Participating judges will include members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

See below for the current performance schedule for each day:

11 a.m.: Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA
12 p.m.: James Madison High School, Vienna, VA
1 p.m.: John T. Baker High School, Damascus, MD
2 p.m. Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD
3 p.m. Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA
4 p.m. Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
5 p.m. Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, MD

11 a.m.: Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, Annandale, VA
12 p.m.: East of the River Steel Band, Washington, DC
1 p.m.: Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, Washington, DC
2 p.m.: Jazz Academy Orchestra, Silver Spring, MD
3 p.m.: George Washington Jazz Orchestra, Washington, DC
4 p.m.: American University, Washington, DC
5 p.m.: Jazz Band Master Class, Annapolis, MD

1 p.m.: Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Band, Los Angeles, CA
2 p.m.: Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Fairfax, VA
3 p.m.: Bohemian Caverns Orchestra, Washington, DC
4 p.m.: Bowie State University, Bowie, VA

Big Band JAM will take place outside on the museum’s Madison Drive terrace (across the street from the National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets NW). The rain location for performances will be inside the museum – updates will be posted right here the evening before each performance.

This program is free to attend, no tickets required.

Check out the full calendar of Jazz Appreciation Month events:

April 27 2018


Start: April 27 @ 11:00 am
End: April 29 @ 5:00 pm
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