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Piano Jazz at the Arts Club

Reigning artists focus on innovation in modern jazz piano.
all concerts at 7:00 p.m.
produced by Burnett Thompson

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pic   An Evening with Pianist
Allyn Johnson
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Allyn Johnson will perform numerous selections from his own catalog of compositions. Mr. Johnson, a Washington native, is active as a pianist, composer, arranger, and producer. He divides his time between two cities, appearing at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Dizzy’s, and Birdland in New York, and Blues Alley and Bohemian Caverns in his home town. Mr. Johnson directs the Jazz Studies program at the University of the District of Columbia.
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  An Evening with Pianist
Lafayette Gilchrist
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist is an original. The Washington, DC native explains, "I'm always seeking a dialogue between popular rhythms and the improvising process [...] For me to make personal music, I have to come out of the music I grew up with and love, and that's hip-hop and go-go."

"It's not just about the notes; it's also about the waves in which they come, and the troughs in between". National Public Radio
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  An Evening with Pianist
Wade Beach

Monday, March 9, 2015

Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication,superb command of the piano, and a broad stylistic palette. With a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland, he entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the Airmen of Note. He is on the faculty of George Mason University and the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.
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  An Evening with Pianist
Janelle Gill

Monday, May 11, 2015

Janelle Gill is a rising star in the tradition of Washington jazz pianists. Janelle was recently commissioned by the Phillips Collection museum to compose an original composition for an exhibition, and upcoming appearances include the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and a tribute to Women In Jazz for the Smithsonian. Janelle has worked with established artists including Marshall Keys, The Blackbyrds, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, and Delfeayo Marsalis. Janelle attended Howard University, is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and has performed with Oliver Lake, the Blackbyrds, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Murray, Kenny Rittenhouse, and Marshall Keys. An ambitious composer, she is currently preparing her own debut recording.
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