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The Hill Center Concert Series
5th Season: 2016-17

All concerts at 7:30 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.

2012/13 Roster
2013/14 Roster
2014/15 Roster
2015/16 Roster

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pic   Silver City Bound
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
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Accordionist Sam Reider and guitarist Justin Poindexter are representing American roots music in collaborations with artists all around the world, and have performed or recorded with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Pete Seeger, David Amram, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons, The Branchettes, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Peter Yarrow, Vince Gill, Nellie McKay, and Marcus Printup. Sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the group has toured worldwide, representing American roots and folk culture to countless audiences. The duo is augmented by Noah Garabedian on bass, Will Clark on drums.

"Americana at its best. Taking mostly folk rock then adding jazz and zydeco-cajun influences, you get music that's impossible not to stomp your feet to (or dance around in happy circles)." The Huffington Post
“Silver City Bound has their own loose-limbed charm," The New yorker

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  Hill Center Jazz Ensemble
Led by Victor Provost
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016
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Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the steel pan. Through appearances at concert halls and clubs worldwide, he has developed a soloist's voice and style to be reckoned with. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he works in countless genres and musical styles. He collaborates with Wynton Marsalis, Pacquito D'Rivera, Hugh Masakela, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, and Wycliffe Gordon. Victor is on the George Mason University faculty and has taught classes at Berklee College of Music, and Miami University, among others. He is perennially awarded "Jazz Percussionist of the Year" by Washington City Paper.

Listen to Victor Provost: Live with Pacquito D'Rivera
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pic   Singer/Songwriter Mary Ann Redmond
7:30 p.m.
Wednesday,January 25, 2017
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Singer/Songwriter Mary Ann Redmond is known for her powerful performances and is one of the most popular entertainers in the Washington, DC area. With co-writer Todd Wright, their song "Love Me Anyway" was recorded this year by Celine Dion and Jonny Hallyday. Mary Ann is the recipient of no less than 22 Washington Area Music Awards, Wammies, in various categories.
"...Redmond can't help but throw herself into everything she performs with soulfulness and sensuality." The Washington Post

Listen to Mary Ann: Love Me Anyway

pic   The Sharon Clark Trio
Valentines Day
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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The Hill Center Concert Series welcomes Sharón Clark, the unrivalled jazz diva of Washington, DC.

“You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharón Clark, a Washington-based jazz and soul diva, tears it apart and peers inside.” The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal put it best, “an absolute triumph. The brilliant Sharón Clark, however, knows how to personalize the songs of Motown or the Beatles, no less than if they were by Gershwin or Rodgers, and offers an object lesson in how to revitalize someone else's vintage hit. Her approach is firmly rooted in the pantheon of jazz singers, particularly Carmen McRae and especially Sarah Vaughan."

“a singer with the range, musicality and command of tone and timbre that was Sarah Vaughn at her best” JazzTimes
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pic   DAVID TAYLOR, BASS TROMBONE
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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David Taylor stands out as a composer and inventor of new sounds and techniques for the trombone. Hehas performed with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with Duke Ellington (The New Orleans Suite), The Rolling Stones, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He is currently at the Jazz Standard with the Mingus Orchestra aside from appearances with Yo Yo Ma andWynton Marsalis. He has been involved in dozens of commissioning projects for the Bass Trombone in solo and chamber idioms; collaborating with composers including Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszchewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder.

"Mr. Taylor is a terrific player -with agility, sure intonation, personal pizazz and some wondrous mute effects. Remarkable versatility" The New York Times

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  Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Amy K Bormet, Director: Jazz Drummer Ana Barreiro brings Brazilian flavor to the myriad musical groups she performs with in her new hometown of Los Angeles, including her own Ana Barreiro Ensemble, where her brilliant and soulful compositions are showcased with style and groove. In her debut performance at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Ana will be joined by Sarah Hughes (saxophone/flute), Amy K Bormet (piano), and Karine Chapdelaine (bass).

pic   Hill Center Jazz Ensemble
Led by Victor Provost
Thursday, April 20, 2017
TICKETS

Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the steel pan. Through appearances at concert halls and clubs worldwide, he has developed a soloist's voice and style to be reckoned with. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he works in countless genres and musical styles. He collaborates with Wynton Marsalis, Pacquito D'Rivera, Hugh Masakela, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, and Wycliffe Gordon. Victor is on the George Mason University faculty and has taught classes at Berklee College of Music, and Miami University, among others. He is perennially awarded "Jazz Percussionist of the Year" by Washington City Paper.

Listen to Victor Provost: Live with Pacquito D'Rivera
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pic pic   Feifei Yang, Erhu; Jiaju Shen, Pipa
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Erhu soloist Feifei Yang and Pipa soloist Jiaju Shen are celebrated traditional Chinese instrumentalists who share a keen interest in forging new paths on the world music scene. Between them, they have performed separately or jointly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Beijing Olympics, Shanghai World Expo, and have released CD’s that showcase the broad reach of their musical interests.

"With a concert at Carnegie Hall last week timed for the Chinese New Year, the artists delved into quintessentially Chinese subject matter but through a markedly modern lens...testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional instruments." Agence France Presse ..
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pic   Clarinetist Oran Etkin
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Clarinetist Oran Etkin is described by his mentor Yusef Lateef as "a composer of eminent individuality". With strong influences from Africa and the Middle East, Mr. Etkin succeeds at what so many musicians are struggling to acheive in the cross currents of world music. He has recently appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival and New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center.

"Great Clarinetist, excellent improviser...ebullient swing rhythm" The New York Times

"Oran Etkin is a musician with his ears wide open, absorbing influences from West Africa, the Far East and Europe... this is world music in the true sense, not a lazy hybrid but a personal sound born out of deep respect for diverse musical traditions." The Irish Times