39th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Concert in Alexandria

by Lee Hernly, Editor
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Waterfront Park - location of the 39th Annual Memorial Day jazz Festival in Alexandria, Virginia
The City of Alexandria invites the public to the 39th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 30, beginning at 1:00 PM at Waterfront Park, located at 1A Prince Street on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. David Muse, WPFW Radio Jazz Show host, will emcee the program.

Admission is FREE.

The Jazz Festival will feature a variety of talented musicians and diverse styles of jazz throughout the day, including:

  • 1 p.m. – U. S. Navy Commodores
    The U. S. Navy Commodores, the Navy’s premiere jazz ensemble, a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D. C.  This 18 piece ensemble, comprised of the Navy’s top jazz and “big band” musicians, performs an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today.
  • 2 p.m. – Rose Moraes
    Rose Moraes, specializing in Brazilian jazz, has opened for Diana Ross at BET “Walk of Fame” in Washington DC ; performed at the Library of Congress; The National Zoo; and brings the soul of Brazilian music to the world.  Born in Brazil, she has performed in Switzerland, Poland, Brazil and the U. S.
  • 3 p.m. – Dave Kline
    The Dave Kline Band, a four piece ensemble featuring world jazz, is recognized for its vibrant world sound, and highlights its contemporary vibe with the ancient cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Latin America. With high-energy, all original instrumentals, the combustion creates a deep emotional impact with the audience.
  • 4 p.m. – Al Williams
    Al Williams, the incomparable sax and flute man, featuring contemporary jazz.  Al is an Alexandria favorite and 4 time WAMMIE Award winner, including Best Jazz Instrumentalist.  Al has appeared at many jazz festivals around the world and at the Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival for several years.
  • 5 p.m. – Nitehawks
    The Nitehawks, an 18-piece big band, has been entertaining audiences in the Washington, D.C., metro area for 20 years, with a broad repertoire of jazz, swing, Latin, rock, show tunes, and vocal classics spanning the ages – from the early big band era through to present day.

Waterfront Park features lawn seating. Festival attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as pulled chicken sandwiches, ribs, fried fish, hot dogs, chicken teriyaki, fried rice, egg rolls and snow cones are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic dinner. Attendees are asked to refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to take the Metro Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station in Old Town and take the King Street Trolley, take DASH or Metro Buses, or park in one of the convenient parking garages or lots. For DASH schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit Dash Bus online.  For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit WMATA online.

In case of inclement weather, the festival will be relocated to the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events Office at 703.746.5418.

(Flickr Pool photo via Rochelle Mendiola, on Flickr)

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May 29, 2016 9:49 pm

[…] to the inclement weather from Tropical Depression Bonnie, the 39th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 30 has been MOVED indoors to the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, located at 1108 […]

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