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The Hill Center Concert Series
5th Season: 2016-17

All concerts at 7:30 p.m.
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Burnett Thompson, Music Director

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


  Nicole Saphos Ensemble
Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017

Nicole Saphos has performed at such venerated venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center. Since 2012 she has led her own trio, which has coalesced around drummer Ele Rubenstein and guitarist John Lee. Nicole Saphos recently released her debut album, Tiptoe, a collection of imaginatively arranged standards and originals organized around a journey of personal revelation. "Saphos has an impressive rapport with her trio and a creative attitude towards her music that leads her to create a uniquely hazy and funky ambiance. All About Jazz Listen to Nicole Saphos

pic   Aaron Seeber
7:00 p.m.
Thursday Nov 1, 2017

Aaron Seeber proving himself to be a rising talent in the New York Jazz scene in addition to regular appearances in the DC area. Aaron was mentored by Kenny Washington and John Riley and has been leading his own group at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC for the past two years. Aaron has played or recorded with Paul Bollenback, Joe Magnarelli, Gilad Hekselman, Freddie Redd, Tim Green, Linda Oh, and WarrenWolf. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Fat Cat, Iridium, and Blues Alley. Listen to Aaron Seeber

pic   Imani-Grace Cooper
Valentines Day
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Imani-Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the Howard University jazz program where she was a student of Connaitre Miller. She appears regularly with DC stalwarts Allyn Johnson, Fred Foss, and others Imani-Grace. Her current project is a collaboration with the JOGO band, a descendant of Chuck Brown, and one of the most popular outgrowths of the DC Gogo scene.


  Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Amy K Bormet, Director: Jazz Drummer Ana Barreiro brings Brazilian flavor to the myriad musical groups she performs with in her new hometown of Los Angeles, including her own Ana Barreiro Ensemble, where her brilliant and soulful compositions are showcased with style and groove. In her debut performance at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Ana will be joined by Sarah Hughes (saxophone/flute), Amy K Bormet (piano), and Karine Chapdelaine (bass).


  Pianist Hope Udobi
Wednesday, May 4, 2018
D.C based pianist and composer Hope Udobi was selected Artist in Residence by Jazz at the Lincoln Center, and has won numerous prizes in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed with Common, Bobby Watson, Raul Mascarenhas, Joe Baione, Naturally 7 and Lalah Hathaway, among others.
Wed May 2, 2018

Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Hughes brings her singular voice and vision to the jazz and avant garde music spheres. Known for and an unapologetically personal approach to music, as well as mastery of the instrument, Sarah is a singular visionary in the Washington music scene. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, she brings music to her audience that appears to have no boundaries.

In her own words, Sarah Hughes offers "an expression of the feeling of having a head full of heavy thoughts that churn, froth, and bubble out in the form of giggles, gibberish, gargles, screams, cries, sirens, prayers, and whooping calls."