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“Ellington, Shaw & U” – The “Jass” Walking Tour

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“Ellington, Shaw & U” – The “Jass” Walking Tour

“Ellington, Shaw & U” – The “Jass” Walking Tour



from the creator of “Zora, Langston & U”…

Ellington, Shaw & U: The House that “Jass” Built

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 – 11 AM – 3 PM (4 hours)
Includes Brunch and Beer Tasting
Portion of ticket sales benefits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

“Jass” is how the young E.K. Ellington aka “Duke” Ellington promoted his small band of DC musicians in the Washington phone directory — available for school dances, embassy socials, country clubs, cabarets and house parties.

Ellington, Shaw & U takes you on a journey through the social fabric — the people, places and communities — “jass” built from Ragtime and the Blues to Swing, Bebop and Latin Jazz. Thanks to a social network of performers of all music genres, teachers, promoters and venues, jazz made its mark on the capital city and its generations within a one mile radius from 14th, U Street, and Shaw. By the end of the tour, you’ll have more music to add to your play lists, and places to revisit again.

11 AM Meet Up at Ben’s Next Door for Brunch and an Introduction (1211 U Street, NW, next door to Ben’s Chili Bowl). Closest Metro: U Street Staion, Green and Yellow line. Take 13th Street exit). Be sure to select your brunch preference from the walking tour selections with your ticket order.
12:15 (approx.) Walking Tour – U Street, 14th Street and Shaw
2 PM (approx.) Beer tasting at Right Proper Brewing Company at 624 T Street at (site of Frank Holliday’s Pool Room aka the “school of jazz”). Right Proper makes beers named for jazz giants on the premises. Right Proper is close to the Shaw/Howard U Metro station, Green and Yellow Lines.


Ticket Price: $56 per person includes brunch and beer tasting. (Bring proper ID)
Ticket price includes a $10 donation to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Tour Guide: DC native resident, writer/producer Michon Boston is a licensed tour guide specializing in experiences focusing on DC’s arts and cultural landscape. Michon is a music alumna of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Oberlin College where she received a Bachelors degree in English. While attending Oberlin she took courses for credit at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music including private violin instruction and jazz performance. The jazz program was under the direction of the late Wendell Logan. Her student research of Black Women at Oberlin College received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Today, Michon adds published and produced playwright to her bio. She’s founder of Michon Boston Group working with filmmakers, festivals, cultural organizations, and campaigns to make an impact using creative cultural strategies.

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