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The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers are an extremely talented and masterly group of cultural artists in the DC area. They perform iconic presentations of traditional West African drumming, singing and dance. They have performed at many venues in the DC metropolitan community: The Martin Luther King Library, Adams Morgan Day Street Festival, The Latino Festival, the Black Family Reunion Celebration on the National Mall, Emergence Community Arts Collective, Soul 57 Cultural Center, Sandy Point State Park, Howard University Blackburn Center, the Anacostia Art Gallery, Washington National Cathedral, Dance Africa DC Festival, American University, George Washington University, the Capitol Hill Eastern Market Art Gallery the Potter’s House in Adams Morgan, Union Temple Baptist Church in SE DC, the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, the Peoples Congregational Church, the National United Methodist Church the H STREET Festival, Fiesta Asia Street Fair, the Southwest (DC) Festival, the Thurgood Marshall Center, People’s Congregational Church, Tree of Life Learning Center in northeast DC, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington VA, Howard University School of Medicine, Woodacres Elementary School in
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THE EAST STATE JAZZ BAND
In 2011, the men of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. needed entertainment for their Founder’s Day program. A small musical group comprising a trio of Alpha Phi Alpha brothers (Costen, Martin and Bell) was organized by brother Ryle Bell and performed for the occasion. As a result of the warm reception they received, several other brothers volunteered to join the band. Of those, five were selected and with the addition of a percussionist/drummer the present configuration of the band was formed was formed in 2016. The band’s first keyboardist was brother James Huntley, who left the group due to personal obligations was replaced by Brother Anthony Emerson. In 2019, bother Emerson departed to pursue a personal musical career and brother Huntley returned as keyboardist.
Presently, the band known as “East State Jazz” has nine members who are all brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Ryle Bell – Tenor Saxophone*
Eric Elmore – Alto Saxophone
James Huntley – Keyboard
John Harris III – Percussion and Drums
James Heck IV – Alto and Baritone Saxophones
Charles Hines, Jr. – Trumpet and Flugel Horn
Harry Jackson III – Bass Guitar
Everett Martin – Cornet, Trumpet and Flugel Horn*
Darryl Parker – Percussion and Drums
East State Jazz’s repertoire is predominantly drawn from classical jazz such as the music of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and other musicians who dominated the art form during the days of the swing and bebop areas and who in large measure are responsible for the birth of jazz. It also extends into later artist renditions such as the music of the Crusaders, Herbie Hancock and includes jazz renditions of Pop and Soul music.
East State Jazz is comprised of Alpha men from all walks of life who are not full-time musicians but who enjoy learning and playing jazz. Many of the musicians are still employed in their various professions which include: attorney, civil servants, retired military officer and a high school band director to name a few. They perform as an avocation and enjoy bringing jazz to a variety of events and occasions.
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Rico Amero, Sr. has been part of the Washington, DC music scene for over 25 years, performing professionally as a solo artist and band leader. He is known as a soulful blues singer, guitarist and trumpet player, playing regularly in the DC area with his band Clusterfunk. Voice of America recently produced a video about Rico in their Highlights series about American musicians. In 2018 and 2019, Rico has been touring nationally and internationally as the lead singer of the Paul Nelson Band. Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today's top blues guitarists/songwriters and producers, with the distinction of being the hand- picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter.
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The Dave Bass Band features Dave Bass, who is most noted for his eerily similar song stylings in the Gospel tradition of Sam Cooke. Dave Bass doesn’t do Gospel, he lives it, he breathes, he pays homage to his influences that include, Hank Williams, Dixie Hummingbirds, Frank Sinatra, Mahalia Jackson, Nat King Cole, Brook Benton, Jesse Belvin, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers, The Temptations, Patsy Cline, Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Cash, Nancy Wilson and the silky smooth sound of Sam Cooke.
In fact, Whether listening to the uplifting, hand-clapping, foot-stomping lyrics of “The Welcome Table” (title Cut), “How Do You Feel” and “The Little Old Tree” or the spirit that encompasses you when you hear “Joy In My Soul” or “Be Thankful”, it becomes evident that Dave Bass is a Gospel Performer that has indeed been anointed.
His first full-length CD, “The Welcome Table”, was recorded in 1997, delivers a progression of fervent gospel offerings that have proven to be timeless classics celebrating the Glory Of God. All songs were written by Dave Bass and Co-Produced by Dave and legendary
Singer/Producer Al Johnson.
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DC Strings Workshop (DC Strings) hosts a dynamic and versatile orchestra, “DC Strings Orchestra” consisting of musicians committed to bringing music to all areas of the DMV, particularly underserved communities. With a mission to celebrate and recognize the contributions of musicians, conductors, composers, women and people of color to the genre of classical music, the orchestra and various ensembles have presented over 50 concerts since the organization’s founding in 2016. Partnerships include collaborations with area music schools and other civic organizations to attract thousands of patrons in every quadrant of the city.
A DC based community non-profit organization, DC Strings Workshop takes pride in presenting meaningful and challenging orchestra works that rival the programming of large, fully professional orchestras. Our members have performed at official National Park Service events, museums, churches, libraries, schools and corporate/civic events.
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