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Lunar Lawn

Five Generations of Jazz Women

Roaring Twenties exhibition logo with illustration of a woman in a flapper-style dressDue to concerns about inclement weather continuing through tomorrow’s scheduled rain date, Five Generations of Women in Jazz will be livestreamed online tonight.

Registered patrons will receive an email with further information on how to access the event. Please note that there is no in-person viewing.

Enjoy an evening concert featuring music from five generations of legendary jazz women including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Geri Allen, inspired by the exhibition Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Performed by Marshall Keys Quintet, featuring vocalist Christie Dashiell, and presented by executive producer Donna Limerick.  

PROGRAM TIMELINE

6:30-7:30 p.m.    Livestreamed Concert

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Close, black & white image of Marshall Keys playing saxaphoneMarshall Keys plays the saxophone with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché. He is a versatile musician with an expansive range, known for having a solid, soulful tone and for improvisations that begin simply before developing into elaborate, smartly constructed melodies. Keys received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was commissioned by the Smithsonian to perform the music of Wayne Shorter. He was guest performer and lecturer at the Romare Bearden Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. He has toured Africa and Central and South America for the State Department as a Jazz Ambassador and has played jazz festivals in the US, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Mexico, Panama, and Indonesia. Keys’s recent endeavors include playing in the Washington National Cathedral Band and collaborating with saxophonist Paul Carr in the Carr/Keys project. He has worked with many of the world’s fine musicians including but finds the vibrant jazz community in Washington DC to be a continuing source of inspiration and motivation.

Photo of Donna Limerick wearing a hat adorned with black feathersDonna Limerick, executive producer, is an award-winning documentary producer, with over 25 years’ experience producing programs for National Public Radio. As President and Executive Producer of North Star Communications, a radio syndication company she has partnered on projects with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her television and radio productions include Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and other jazz masters. 

She was the Concert Producer for “Evolution of the Blues,” written by vocalist Jon Hendricks. It debuted at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1996 and then on to a worldwide tour featuring Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Diane Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Kevin Mahogany, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. 

She is currently a Lecturer/Consultant with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture for an exhibit about her mother Mae Reeves (1912-2016) Hat Designer and entrepreneur. Her clients included Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Marion Anderson.            

 

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Statue of a satyr playing pipes, located by Hillwood's Japanese-style garden
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell