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May 09, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association, in partnership with Burnett Thompson Music, is pleased to announce the 13th season of Jazz on Jackson Place. Held on select Thursdays in June, July & August in the brick courtyard behind the historic Decatur House, this series takes place a block from the White House.

The performance series has become a popular attraction in the D.C. summer music scene. Ticketed admission includes jazz performance, open bar, light hors d'oeuvres, tours of the historic Decatur House, and a chance to win raffle prizes.

Jazz on Jackson Place performance dates and artists:

Thursday, June 6: Kavita Shah Ensemble

“Amazing dexterity for musical languages” -NPR.

Shah incorporates Brazilian, West African, and Indian musical traditions into her original repertoire. She was named Downbeat's Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist and earned the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award. Shah performs with bassist François Moutin, drawing from their duo album Interplay, with special appearances by pianist Martial Solal and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. The album was nominated for a Victoire du Jazz (French Grammy Award) for "Album sensation de l'année."

Thursday, July 11: Kris Funn Ensemble

“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

Howard University alum Kris Funn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and toured internationally with saxophonist Kenny Garrett. The duo has traveled to major jazz festivals on six continents, performing with artists Sean Jones, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Nicholas Payton, Warren Wolf, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber, Christian Scott, Kamasi Washington, and Joey Alexander. In 2017, Kris released his debut album, Cornerstore.

Thursday, August 8: Aaron Seeber Ensemble

Drummer Aaron Seeber has become an anchor in the explosive New York jazz scene in addition to making regular appearances in the DC area. Aaron was mentored by artists Kenny Washington and John Riley and has been leading his own group at the legendary Smalls Jazz Club in NYC for the last three years. Aaron has played and recorded with Paul Bollenback, Joe Magnarelli, Gilad Hekselman, Freddie Redd, Tim Green, Linda Oh, and Warren Wolf. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Fat Cat, Iridium, and Blues Alley.

WHERE: 748 Jackson Place, N.W. Washington, DC 20506

WHEN: 6:30-8:30PM


Individual, group and season pricing is available.

The White House History Shop, located adjacent to the Decatur House, will be open during Jazz on Jackson Place performances to offer attendees a chance to shop White House history inspired gifts.

Catering for this season is sponsored by RSVP Catering, Purple Onion Catering, and Mindy’s Catering.

Jazz on Jackson performances are held rain or shine. Space is limited. Tickets are required upon entry. Ticket sales are final and there are no refunds.

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About the white house historical association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $50 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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