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07/13/2019

THE MALCOLM X DRUMMERS AND DANCERS

7pm - 9pm

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07/13/2019

THE MALCOLM X DRUMMERS AND DANCERS

  

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  

7pm - 9pm

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07/20/2019

The East State Jazz Band

7pm - 9pm

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07/20/2019

The East State Jazz Band

  

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.

Please direct your requests for performance to:

Ryle Bell

703-967-5769

eaststatejazz@aol.com

Or

Everett Martin

240-343-2463

evmart@aol.com 

7pm - 9pm

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07/27/2019

Rico Amero, Sr.

7pm - 9pm

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07/27/2019

Rico Amero, Sr.

   

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. 

  

www.facebook.com/ricoamerosr   bookricoamero@gmail.com

7pm - 9pm

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8/3/2019

The Sounds of Gospel Music

7pm - 9pm

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8/3/2019

The Sounds of Gospel Music

The lovely sound of Gospel music.

7pm - 9pm

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