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March 30, 2009


Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival Celebrates
23 Years of World Class Jazz at the University of the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, April 27, 2009 at 8:00 PM, the BIG BAND sound returns to the University of the District of Columbia for the twenty-third year at the Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival. Once again the powerhouse jazz ensembles from the University of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and the University of Maryland (directed by Chris Vadala) will cap off Jazz Appreciation Month with a hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time. This year the festival joins the city in celebrating the District of Columbia’s Duke Ellington Quarter, released into circulation January 2009.

Produced by the University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, the festival began in 1987 as part of a citywide tribute to Duke Ellington, and it remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, D.C.’s jazz calendar.

Tickets are $20 (general admission), $15 (senior) and $10 (student) and can be purchased in advance at the Music Program, Bldg. 46 West, UDC Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, or online at www.InstantSeats.com. Tickets will also be available at the University Auditorium door on the night of the performance. The University Auditorium (Bldg. 46 East) is conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line at the Van Ness–UDC stop.

Judith Korey at 202.274.5803 or JazzAlive@udc.edu for more information.


The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.