Jazz in the Gardens: Five Generations of Jazz Women
Enjoy an outdoor 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.
Pack up your picnics, or stop by Merriweather To Go for sandwiches, light snacks and beverages to enjoy during the performance. Beer, wine, and champagne are available by the glass or the bottle. Please note that our liquor license does not permit outside alcohol to be brought in.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Picnic on the Lunar Lawn and explore Hillwood
- Self-guided touring of the mansion, gardens, greenhouse, and special exhibitions
- Kristine Mays: Rich Soil in the gardens
- Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post in the Adirondack building
- Visit the museum shop and Merriweather To Go
6:30-7:30 p.m. Concert on the Lunar Lawn
- Please bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair with you
8:30 p.m. Hillwood Closes
COVID AND PROGRAM GUIDELINES
- This program takes place outdoors, with limited capacity.
- Picnicking on the Lunar Lawn is welcome at this program.
- Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase from Merriweather To Go.
- Note that our liquor license does not allow patrons to bring in outside alcohol.
- Attendees must bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets.
- See our visitor guidelines for information about how we are following the latest local and national guidance.
INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN
If inclement weather forces us to postpone, the event will be rescheduled on Thursday, September 23. Registered participants will be notified if the program is rescheduled by 3 p.m.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Marshall 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.
Donna 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.