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Street Scenes at the Hill Center
7th Season: 2018-19

All concerts at 7:00 p.m.
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Burnett Thompson and Shannon Gunn, Curators

Ensembles in residence at the Hill Center provide top tier music performance coupled with children's programming. The aim of the series is to bring the city's rich musical environment to Capitol Hill and the wider Washington, DC community.

2012/13 Roster, 2013/14 Roster
2014/15 Roster, 2015/16 Roster
2016/17 Roster, 2017/18 Roster

Thursday October 4, 2018

Composer/bassist Amy has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Strathmore Mansion, Blues Alley, and Arena Stage for the Performing Arts, and many festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Rehoboth Jazz Festival and the Cape May Jazz Festival. She has shared the stage with such notables as Lionel Hampton and Bootsie Barnes. She appeared at the White House in 2009 with the Eli Yamin Quintet.

“Amy Shook builds tension in her blues march groove to climax with the inclusion of the rhythm section and the harmonious horns that float, swirl, roll and boil to a gentle simmer, giving way to graceful poise…” Jazz Review


Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

Composer/percussionist TOM TEASLEY, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius”. He is the 2016 Drummie Award winner for “World Percussionist of the Year” by Drum! Magazine, three time Helen Hayes Theatre Award recipien, 4 time Washington Area Music Award winner of World Music Instrumentalist of the year, and six-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for historic performances in the Middle East. As artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, he has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer.

“No instrument has a limitation for him. Give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum, and a djembé, and he’ll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey.” Modern Drummer

Valentines Day
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Samuel Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is equally comfortable in Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, Neo-Soul and R&B. On the groove side he has worked with Shania Twain, Raul Midon, Fred Yonnet, YaMama’Nym, and 76 Degrees West while on the Jazz side he has shared the stage with Hugh Masekela, Cyrus Chestnut, Pharoh Saunders, and Bennie Maupin. He won a student downbeat award in 2012 for his work with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and currently leads his own critically acclaimed ensemble “Groove Orchestra.”


  Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Amy K Bormet, Director: For the fifth straight year, the Hill Center Concert Series hosts this singular festival devoted to female jazz musicians based in Washington, DC, as well as their colleagues throughout the country. With links to the New York jazz scene and prominent institutions that include the Smithsonian Institution, the Festival casts a bright light on the role of women in jazz and jazz education.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Howard University alum, Kris Funn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. At 23, Kristopher began touring internationally with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. He has traveled to every major jazz festival in the world touching six continents performing with artists including Sean Jones, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Nicholas Payton, Warren Wolf, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber, Christian Scott, Kamasi Washington, Joey Alexander and many others. In 2017, Kris released his debut album, “Cornerstore".

“The bassist, unearths his life not through a series of aural home movies, but through the lens of his own emotions. This is head music in the sense of bobbing, not calculating.” Washington City Paper

Wed May 15, 2019

The jazz supergroup of the year is here! The fusion style of TIME FLIES combines funky grooves and rock influences, New Orleans second lines, open ballads, free explorations, even & odd meters, improvisation and composition. It's melodic and tasteful without underminig the natural beauty of the music. TIME FLIES features an international cast of players: Monika Herzig, piano; Peter Kienle, guitar; Scott Pazera,bass Josh Roberts, drums. Monika is the biographer of the eminent composer/educator Dr. David Baker and recently published “Experiencing Chick Corea”.

“Each song is engaging, the playing accomplished and inspiring.” Jazziz