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May 22, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. —
WASHINGTON, D.C. The White House Historical Association is pleased to announce the ninth season of the summer concert series, Jazz on Jackson Place. Held in the Associations historic Decatur House courtyard, the Thursday event events are a highlight in Washingtons summer music scene. This year's performances will be June 4, July 9, and August 6.
The $30 ticketed event includes live music, hors d'oeuvres, and libations from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. beneath a beautiful open tent in the nearly 200-year-old historic courtyard. Tickets may be purchased online at whitehousehistory.org/jazz. This year's lineup includes:
Thursday, June 4 Noble Jolley Ensemble Presented by Burnett Thompson Music
Noble Jolley, Jr., is a Jazz Pianist, Composer, Producer and rising star who won the 2013 Best Pianist award by the Washington City Papers "Jazzies Award for D.C.s Best Jazz." He received a scholarship to study at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Jazz Studies/Performance, and also attended the esteemed Paris Conservatory. He was an Artist-In-Residence at the Strathmore Arts Center and has produced, toured and/or opened up for renowned artists such as Ron Carter, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, John Legend, and Fred Hammond. His CD, "Memoirs Between Brothers, has gained positive reception and award recognition.
Thursday, July 9 Shannon Gunn Quartet Presented by Burnett Thompson Music
Big Band leader Shannon Gunn comes to Jazz on Jackson Place with her quartet. Stellar New York-based artists Miki Yamanaka, pianist, Adi Meyerson, bass, and Sanah Kadoura on drums promise to offer an exciting evening under the tent. Shannon Gunn is the leader of the all-female big band The Bullettes, and appears regularly with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. A graduate of Michigan State and George Mason University jazz programs, Shannon is playing a pivotal role in the DC jazz scene.
Thursday, August 6 Firm Roots Presented by Walker Entertainment Inc.
Firm Roots is an organic Jazz group steeped in the long tradition of the genre while still having a foot in the door of contemporary Jazz. Comprised of three masterful musicians Brad Collins on tenor saxophone and vocals, Mark Prince on drums, and Benjie Porecki on Hammond B3 organ. Between the three of them they have performed with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Carlos Santana, Pieces Of A Dream, Maysa, Buddy Guy, Bobby Lyle, Jeff Lorber and the list goes on and on. Their latest release is Firm Roots-Live At Blues Alley".
Special thanks to Federal City Caterers and RSVP Catering for their support of the 2015 Jazz on Jackson Place Summer Series.
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 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 $45 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.
To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit WhiteHouseHistory.org.