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Street Scenes at the Hill Center
6th Season: 2017-18

All concerts at 7:00 p.m.
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Burnett Thompson, Music Director

Ensembles in residence at the Hill Center provide top tier music performance coupled with children's programming. The aim of the series is to bring the city's rich musical environment to Capitol Hill and the wider Washington, DC community.

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Wednesday October 4, 2017

Drummer Aaron Seeber is proving himself to be a rising talent in the New York Jazz scene in addition to regular appearances in the DC area. Aaron was mentored by Kenny Washington and John Riley and has been leading his own group at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC for the past two years. Aaron has played or recorded with Paul Bollenback, Joe Magnarelli, Gilad Hekselman, Freddie Redd, Tim Green, Linda Oh, and WarrenWolf. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Fat Cat, Iridium, and Blues Alley.

Listen to Aaron Seeber live at Kennedy Center


Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

Nicole Saphos has performed at such venerated venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center. Since 2012 she has led her own trio, which has coalesced around drummer Ele Rubenstein and guitarist John Lee. Nicole Saphos recently released her debut album, Tiptoe, a collection of imaginatively arranged standards and originals organized around a journey of personal revelation. "Saphos has an impressive rapport with her trio and a creative attitude towards her music that leads her to create a uniquely hazy and funky ambiance. All About Jazz

Listen to Nicole Saphos

Valentines Day
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Imani-Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the Howard University jazz program where she was a student of Connaitre Miller. She appears regularly with DC stalwarts Allyn Johnson, Fred Foss, and others Imani-Grace. Her current project is a collaboration with the JOGO band, a descendant of Chuck Brown, and one of the most popular outgrowths of the DC Gogo scene.

Listen to Imani-Grace Cooper live at the Apollo


  Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Amy K Bormet, Director: For the fifth straight year, the Hill Center Concert Series hosts this singular festival devoted to female jazz musicians based in Washington, DC, as well as their colleagues throughout the country. With links to the New York jazz scene and prominent institutions that include the Smithsonian Institution, the Festival casts a bright light on the role of women in jazz and jazz education.


  Pianist HOPE UDOBI
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
D.C based pianist and composer Hope Udobi was selected Artist in Residence by Jazz at the Lincoln Center, and has won numerous prizes in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed with Common, Bobby Watson, Raul Mascarenhas, Joe Baione, Naturally 7 and Lalah Hathaway, among others.
Wed May 2, 2018

Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Hughes brings her singular voice and vision to the jazz and avant garde music spheres. Known for and an unapologetically personal approach to music, as well as mastery of the instrument, Sarah is a singular visionary in the Washington music scene. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, she brings music to her audience that appears to have no boundaries.

In her own words, Sarah Hughes offers "an expression of the feeling of having a head full of heavy thoughts that churn, froth, and bubble out in the form of giggles, gibberish, gargles, screams, cries, sirens, prayers, and whooping calls."

Photo: Diriki Rice