Help Van Ness Main Street kick off its new series JAZZ@VN and celebrate International Jazz Appreciation Day with UDC’s JAZZAlive and DC Jazz Festival at Acacia Bistro.
The stellar UDC JAZZtet, featuring soulful tenor saxophonist Jordon Dixon, will launch this exciting Van Ness Main Street event as International Jazz Day celebrates its 5th anniversary with Washington, DC as the Global Host City. Enjoy special drink and food prices to help you ease into the weekend.
Saturday, April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Acacia Bistro and Wine Patio
4340 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC
For more information contact Theresa Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allyn Johnson, the director of UDC’s Jazz Studies program and the “Dean of DC jazz piano,” has put together a stellar JAZZtet for International Jazz Day and to kick off Jazz@VN with these artists:
Jordon Dixon, tenor saxophone
The soulful tenor saxophonist and UDC jazz studies major, Jordon Dixon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and grew up in a very musical family. After 11 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps as a Marine Musician, he moved to the Washington area to play and study music at UDC with (in his own words) “some of the best instructors on the globe.” Jordon will graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in May 2016 and just released his debut recording A Conversation Among Friends.
Pete Muldoon, guitar
Jazz guitarist and composer Pete Muldoon has performed both nationally and internationally. Muldoon studied with Calvin Jones, Steve Novosel, and Allyn Johnson at the University of the District of Colombia while completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and later went on to receive the Master of Music degree at Howard University. Muldoon currently teaches privately and at UDC.
Romeir Mendez, bass
Romeir Mendez is from Baltimore has long been a part of the DC jazz scene, playing with the top musicians around town. Romeir studied at UDC and performs with the UDC Jazz Ensembles.
Jon Lewis, drums
UDC Jazz studies and music education major Jon Lewis is a multi-talented percussionist from Washington, DC. Jon has performed with both the UDC Jazz and Gospel Music Ensembles and with groups throughout and area. He is a graduate of the UDC Music program and is continuing his studies at UDC in music education.