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Allyn Johnson & Orrin Evans: Meet the Artist on the Bandstand

Join DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) on Thursday, March 17th, at 7:00pm EST at The University of the District of Columbia's Theatre of the Arts as Allyn Johnson invites pianist, composer, bandleader, and DC Jazz Festival's Artist-in-Residence Orrin Evans for an evening of conversation & duo-piano performance, co-presented by JAZZAlive.

A two-time Grammy nominee and Pew Fellow, Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation. One of the goals of Evans’ residency will be to promote a musical/cultural exchange between DC and Philadelphia. "Making music has always been an essential part of my life but presenting music is also a passion,” said Orrin Evans. “The chance to create and fellowship with the music scene in DC is a welcome one, and I am so excited about the possibilities.”

Often referred to as the Dean of DC Jazz, Allyn Johnson remarked that “he’s looking forward to conversing and sharing music with my brother in person. Our Meet the Artist series' followers will be in a for special treat on March 17th.”

Orrin Evans’ DCJF residency is part of the Jazz Road Creative Residencies program, a program of South Arts. The residency includes the creation of a big band master class at Howard University Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts’ Howard University Jazz Ensemble from March 15–17, 2022 along with creative partnerships with DC’s vibrant artist community and performances with DC artists.


Thursday, March 17th @ 7:00pm EST, Doors: 6:00pm EST

FREE & Open to the Public, Registration is Limited

*Join us in–person at UDC or watch online via livestream.

UDC Theatre of the Arts–46E

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW

Info: (202) 274-5803 •

*Join us in-person at UDC’s Theatre of the Arts or online for a live-streamed program. More details about the livestream will be available in the following weeks. The program will also be available to stream on UDC JAZZ's and DCJF's YouTube Channels after the event.

*UDC COVID-19 protocol: All visitors must show proof of vaccination for admission and wear their masks for the duration of the performance and time on campus.

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