Join us for a discussion of DC’s unique Jazz history in the Reading Room we share with Petworth Citizen at the back of Loyalty! Gratis wine will be served and this event is free and open to the public. However, you can confirm your attendance OR pre-order the book and reserve a seat here!
Home to "Black Broadway" and the Howard Theatre in the Greater U Street area, Washington, DC, has long been associated with American jazz. Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine launched their careers there in the early 20th century. Decades later, Shirley Horn and Buck Hill would follow their leads, and DC's "jazz millennials" include graduates of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. For years, Bohemian Caverns and One Step Down were among the clubs serving as gathering places for producers and consumers of jazz, even as Rusty Hassan and other programmers used radio to promote the music. Washington, DC, Jazz focuses, primarily, on the history of straight-ahead jazz, using oral histories, materials from the William P. Gottlieb Collection at the Library of Congress, the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, and Smithsonian Jazz. This volume also features the work of photographers Nathaniel Rhodes, Michael Wilderman, and Lawrence A. Randall.
Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truedale, a native Washingtonian is an ordained licensed minister who served as an elected member of the DC Board of Education. While on the Board she chaired the Committee on Career and Vocational Education and is responsible for the Report Linking Learning with Earning which led to the curriculum at McKinley Tech High School.
She is a member of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC and the lead minister of The Ministries, Inc., Founder and chairperson of the DC Legendary Musicians, Inc., a former member of the Howard Theatre Board and currently serves as chairperson of the Howard Theatre Community Committee.
Dr. Butler-Truesdale is a DC historian and Rhythm and Blues historian. Dr. Butler-Truesdale has worked for several musicians, among them the late Ray Charles and James Brown. She continues to work to document the history of this great music and the musicians of the DMV.