UDC News

November 5, 2010


UDC JAZZ Forum to Feature Ellington Expert Patricia Willard on Dance and Duke


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives welcomes writer, photographer, historian, research consultant, archivist, lecturer and concert producer Patricia Willard to the Jazz Forum series on November 17, 2010 from 7-9 PM.

Patricia Willard has specialized in jazz for several decades and will speak about ''Dance—the Unsung Element of Ellingtonia.'' Since relocating to DC from her native Los Angeles in1988 to serve as Historical Consultant to the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, she also has been Consultant in Jazz and Popular Music at the Library of Congress and consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts Music Program,
Martin Williams’s and Billy Taylor’s Kennedy Center Jazz Series, and the National Jazz Service Organization. Earlier, she was contributing editor to Down Beat, Jazz and Jazz & Pop and columnist and staff writer at JazzTimes. She has conducted oral histories for the NEA Jazz Program, the Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies and has annotated more than 100 LPs, CDs and DVDs. Her articles and photos have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice,
Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, Herald-Examiner and Daily News, the Antioch Review, the Library of Congress Performing Arts Annuals and many other publications internationally. Her talk about the connection between Duke Ellington and dance is taken from her book-in-progress on Ellington's later years.

The Jazz Forum series is the research and outreach initiative of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. These regular events feature lively presentations on diverse aspects of jazz from authors, musicians, educators, and a wide range of scholars. Presentations are held in UDC’s new state of- the-art Recital Hall and are digitally recorded for later access on the website of the Jazz Archives.

All Jazz Forum events are free and open to the public. The UDC Recital Hall is located in Building 46-West on the UDC campus at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008. The campus is easily accessible on Metro’s Red Line, Van Ness/UDC station.

For more information, contact the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at 202.274.5265 or via email at jazzarchives@wrlc.org.







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Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371