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Jazz City Concert

with special guest performer
Directed by Mr. Reginald Cyntje
April 28 from 7-8:30 PM
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Event Chairs
Ian Cameron | Ari Q. Fitzgerald | Sylvia Davis White

You are cordially invited for an evening filled with jazz music performed by the all-student Ellington Jazz Ensemble and our special guest, Marc Cary (Instrumental Music, Class of 1985). Before the concert, there will be a short awards presentation honoring the newest recipients of the Daryl Libow Social Justice Awards and Davey Yarborough AwardMore details to follow.

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Ari Q. Fitzgerald & Maria Carmona
Mary & Jeff Zients

Thomas Sugrue

Michael & Tisha Hyter


Charles Barber
Doreen Blue
Tamaria Lewis Johnson
Maree Sneed
Jessica Wodatch


In a jazz world brimming with brilliant and adventurous pianists, Marc Cary stands apart by way of pedigree and design. None of his prestigious peer group ever set the groove behind the drums in Washington DC go-go bands nor are any others graduates of both Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln’s daunting bandstand academies. Cary remains one of the progenitors of contemporary jazz, evident in his influence on peers. Live gigs with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and bandmate Casey Benjamin began the genesis of Robert Glasper’s recording Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Cary’s record “Taiwa” from Focus in 2006 evolved into “For You” on Glasper’s Double Booked and Harris’ Urbanus. Cary collaborator Roy Hargrove exalted him with “Caryisms” on 1992’s The Vibe, an album whose title track is one of two Cary originals including “Running Out of Time”–now part of the lexicon of live repertoire among jazz stalwarts Hargrove, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Igmar Thomas’ Revive Big Band. As New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen observed recently, “There isn’t much in the modern-jazz-musician tool kit that Marc Cary hasn’t mastered, but he has a particular subspecialty in the area of groove…with a range of rhythmic strategies, from a deep-house pulse to a swinging churn.” Mr. Cary richly embodies the spirit of diverse streams that feed into the ample body of what we consider jazz history today.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts provides a college-preparatory academic education and life-changing arts training for the District’s talented youth regardless of background, prior experience in the arts, or ability to pay.


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