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Imani-Grace Cooper 

Monday February 2, 2015/6 p.m.
Imani-Grace Cooper Sings Fitzgerald/Strayhorn

Afro Blue vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper and her ensemble celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 recording project - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook - in which Miss Fitzgerald recorded a dozen Billy Strayhorn compositions.  Imani-Grace Cooper, vocals • Cyrus Chestnut, piano • Elijah Balbed, saxophones • Eliot Seppa, bass • Abinnet Berhanu, drums. 
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW, WDC 20566 [directions]
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Sunday February 8, 2015/2 p.m.
Why Celebrate Strayhorn? 
Leslie M. Demus, Esq, President of The Billy Strayhorn Foundation and Billy Strayhorn’s niece, William McFadden, President of The Duke Ellington Society, Inc. and Rusty Hassan, jazz historian & WPFW-FM on-air host, in the first-of-many Strayhorn-inspired conversations, will explore our reasons for celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s legacy. Bassist Herman Burney and trombonist Reginald Cyntje will perform a selection of Strayhorn compositions.
Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE DC 20020 [directions]
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Luci Murphy 

Sunday February 15, 2015/2 p.m.
Earlier Than Most: Billy Strayhorn's Civil Rights Activism
Folklorist/vocalist Luci Murphy and her ensemble will celebrate Billy Strayhorn's civil rights activism, especially in his support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with his music. Luci Murphy • Raciel Suarez/piano • Tensae Berhanu/bass • Earl Richardson/percussion
Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE DC 20020 [directions]
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Baltimore's Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band 

Saturday February 28, 2015/6:30 p.m.
Strayhorn Big Band: A Journey Down Memory Lane
Baltimore's Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band headed by trombonist/educator Charles Funn, will perform some Billy Strayhorn compositions, many that you’ll recognize as jazz standards, that helped make the Duke Ellington Band famous. 

Jazz@Wesley UPTOWN 5312 Connecticut Avenue NW DC 20015 [directions]
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Pianist Janelle Gill  Vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper 

Sunday March 15, 2015/2 p.m.
A Billy Strayhorn Conversation: Melody, Words and Harmony
Afro Blue vocalist Imani-Grace C ooper reviews her February 2nd Millennium Stage Imani-Grace Cooper Sings Fitzgerald/Strayhorn performance celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 recording project - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook  and pianist Janelle Gill discusses her upcoming, Janelle Gill: Exploring Strayhorn! performance honoring Strayhorn on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on May 3rd. The duet will perform some Strayhorn compositions within their conversation as well.

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE DC 20020 [directions]
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