ELLINGTON, SHAW & U “Jass” Walking Tour
Ellington, Shaw & U is an historical journey of the city blocks — the people, places and communities — “jass” built from Ragtime and the Blues to Swing, Bebop and Latin Jazz.
Guests begin the tour with brunch at Ben’s Next Door owned by the Ali family of Ben’s Chili Bowl fame (a member of the family team will give the welcome) and a visual and listening introduction to the “jass” times of the U Street/Shaw communities from 1914 – 1964. After brunch guests take a walk through the 14th, U Streets, and Shaw neighborhoods with stops by famous performance venues starting from Ben’s Next Door (The Jungle Inn managed by Jelly Roll Morton, and the Casbah hosting mambo dances in the 1950s), Ellington family homes, music schools, the Howard Theater and final stop and beer tasting at Right Proper Brewing Company on the site of Frank Holliday’s Pool Hall – what tour creator and guide Michon Boston calls DC’s unofficial “school of jazz.”
There are 3 options to enjoy this “jassy” experience:
(1) Complete tour from Brunch to Beer (includes everything below);
(2) Brunch only, Welcome from the Ben’s Next Door Ali Family Team, Introduction to U Street and Shaw’s “jass” history and community by Michon Boston;
(3) Walking Tour, Visit to the Ellington School of the Arts, Beer Tasting at Right Proper Brewing Company.
TICKETS: Early bird price is $56 for the complete tour (a savings of $18 if activities are purchased separately). Tickets for the complete tour are $60 after June 14. $37/per person for the Brunch/Overview or Walking Tour/Beer tasting options. More information and tickets are available on the Evenbrite link: https://ellington-shaw-u-jass-walk62815.eventbrite.com