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The Hill Center Concert Series
4th Season: 2015-16

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

pic   Min Xiao Fen
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015
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Composer and Pipa Virtuoso Min Xiao Fen has established herself as a ranking exponent of traditional Chinese music as it meets and mingles with music of the western world. A longtime presence in New York City, she has collaborated with countless ranking ensembles and orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and has premiered works of Phillip Glass and Tan Dun. She has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and recorded and performed with rock vocalist Björk.

Watch Min Xiao Fen:
Spring River, Flower, Moon, Night
Miles Davis: All Blues

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  Hill Center Jazz Ensemble
Led by Marshall Keys
Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
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Saxophonist Marshall Keys’ dulcet tones and earthy compositions conjure the spirits of jazzmen past and future. From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip-hop, he plays the saxophone with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché.” ! Versatility and a strong sense of melody have made Marshall Keys somewhat of an icon in his native Washington, DC. He interprets improvisational music in its many forms and his performance schedule reflects this diversity.

Listen to Marshall Keys:
Miskito King

pic   Vocalist Alison Crockett
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Alison Crockett has paid her musical “dues” in full… She is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation and yet you may not have heard of her – – but you’ve no doubt heard her voice… On seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics and a whole host of others, Alison’s voice has provided the velvety, sensual sound of tomorrow’s yesterday’s…a captivating tone which evokes both the music of the past and that yet to come. A voice dripping soul with generous helpings of jazz, gospel and blue, Alison has taken the baton from divas of the present and past.

Listen to
Alison Crockett

pic   Love and All It's Symptoms
Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2016
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The Washington, DC based jazz vocalist and cabaret artist Debra Tidwell has performed on both local and national stages. For her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Ms. Tidwell received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical and was awarded the Mayor's Arts Award as Outstanding Emerging Artist.

Listen to Debra Tidwell live:
Music of Duke Ellington
Music of Irving Berlin

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  Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Amy K Bormet, Director: For the third 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.

pic   Hill Center Jazz Ensemble
Led by Marshall Keys
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
TICKETS

Saxophonist Marshall Keys’ dulcet tones and earthy compositions conjure the spirits of jazzmen past and future. From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip-hop, he plays the saxophone with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché.” ! Versatility and a strong sense of melody have made Marshall Keys somewhat of an icon in his native Washington, DC. He interprets improvisational music in its many forms and his performance schedule reflects this diversity.

Listen to Marshall Keys:
Miskito King

pic   Flautist Robert Dick
Air is the Heaviest Metal
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Flautist Robert Dick is the world's leading practioner of modern flute techniques. He has performed and recorded with New Winds, Tambastics, Oscura Luminosa, the Soldier String Quartet, the A.D.D. Trio, Paul Giger and Satoshi Takeishi, Jaron Lanier, Randy Raine-Reush and Barry Guy, Mari Kimura, Steve Gorn and many more of Europe and America's finest improvisors. Over three decades of collaboration, musicians he has worked with include Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Georg Gräwe, Evan Parker, Malcolm Goldstein, Shelley Hirsch, Jöelle Leandre and John Zorn. Robert is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and Solo Recitalist Grant from the N.E.A. He serves on the faculty of New York University.

"Dick held the audience in rapt attention with his spellbinding virtuosity" Washington Post
"There are few musicians that are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them." JazzTimes

pic   Paul Reisler & Three Good Reasons
Paul Reisler, Lea Morris, Marshall Keys,
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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Paul Reisler has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined. Come hear some of that music with Paul Reisler & Three Good Reasons. It’s an impressive fusion featuring his inspiring songs and instrumentals, as well as vocalist the voice of Lea Morris’ and Marshall Keys’ versatile saxophone playing. At this stage of his career, Paul is committed to inspiring the creativity of people of all ages through Kid Pan Alley and his songwriting workshops. Robert Fritz, composer and best-selling author of Creating and The Path of Least Resistance said, “Reisler's talents are many and his creativity, vast. Not too many people can do what he can do, bring the spirit of music and creating to new generations, opening up one of the most important doors there is. He is a national treasure." .

“Reisler's songs climb up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up the Himalayas." The Washington Post