WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2017 - The DC Jazz Festival (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its partnership with Dance Place, part of Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC. Dance Place will showcase the second installment of In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion on June 10 and 11.
In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion will be directed by acclaimed choreographer Princess Mhoon. The performances will highlight the enduring beauty of jazz throughout the ages, exploring the history of America through the lens of jazz music. Mhoon's choreography will celebrate the compositions of her long-time inspiration, Dizzy Gillespie, as part of "Dizzy 100!".
"Dance Place is delighted to partner with the DC Jazz Fest and the very talented Princess Mhoon for what promises to be a wonderful blending of jazz music and contemporary dance," said Carla Perlo, the founding director of Dance Place. "The Dance Place Theater will make a perfect setting to showcase Ms. Mhoon's choreography and DC Jazz Fests' 'Jazz in the 'Hoods'."
Mhoon is a Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Choreography in a musical, and has been recognized as one of the 26 African American Choreographers You Should Know by the Huffington Post. She is the Founder and Director of the Princess Mhoon Institute with locations in DC and Maryland.
"This season, we are celebrating the compositions of Dizzy Gillespie as a part of Dizzy 100! I can't think of a better jazz musician to create dance theatre. I have been inspired by his work since I was a little girl; that's when I first heard 'Night in Tunisia' and fell in love," said Princess Mhoon.
Dance Place tickets are available for advance purchase online, or at the door. Advanced sales range from $20-25. At the door admission ranges from $15-30 depending on personal status.
Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC is a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival which partners with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation's capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts, Sixth & I, NYU DC, the Fridge, the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington DC, Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Logan Fringe Arts Space, The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, Rhumba Cafe, East of the River, Kreeger Museum, the Hill Center, Franklin Park, Howard Theatre, Yards Park, Tropicalia, National Museum of American History, and other venues across DC.
Dance Place (3225 8th St NE)
6/10/2017, 8:00 pm, Princess Mhoon Dance Project: "In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion,"
6/11/2017, 7:00 pm, Princess Mhoon Dance Project: "In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion,"
The DC JazzFest prides itself in its citywide experience, serving all sectors of the DC community. Venues range from institutions - such as the Kennedy Center, Sixth & I and the Howard Theatre - to neighborhood churches, museums, community centers, schools, and libraries.
DC Jazz Festival culminates with an exuberant three-day DC JazzFest at The Yards (June 16-18), promising a festival experience full of great music, an array of first-class food; an eclectic marketplace of fine art, couture designs and home accessories; and an all-ages environment conducive to family fun (all during Father's Day weekend).
The schedule Friday, June 16 is a free concert, beginning at 5:00 pm and presenting two stellar vocalists: Lori Williams and Introducing Nigerian-Britishman of song, Ola Onabulé.
Artists scheduled to perform at ticketed events on Saturday, June 17, beginning at 2 pm, are a pair of GRAMMY-winners, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Jacob Collier, perennial poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett; and rising star Kandace Springs. Sunday, June 18 (beginning at 2:00 pm) promises more spectacular music at the idyllic waterfront setting with the People's Choice and GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter, the exciting hip-hop group Black Violin, 2016 DCJazzPrix winners New Century Jazz Quintet, and Korean sensation, pianist Youngjoo Song. The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards. Tickets.
For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and a complete schedule of events, visit dcjazzfest.org.