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U Street Funk Parade Showcases Spirit

U Street’s annual one-of-a-kind celebration returned with a fair, parade and music festival. The 2016 Funk Parade stormed through the historic corridor on Saturday, May 7, with new art installations and activations, performances and an estimated 70,000 participants.
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Pianist, composer and music director Ray Angry will reimagine the renowned "Sarah Vaughn with Clifford Brown" LP recording with an ensemble of talented musicians and vocalists at the Kennedy Center in Northwest on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of Kennedy Center)
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Ray Angry: Taking Jazz to a New Stratosphere

Ray Angry, a Miami native and child prodigy, mastered his craft on the “ivory keys” here in the District, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in classical and jazz piano under the tutelage of several master musicians at Howard University – then immersed himself in the Washington, D.C. music scene before taking his talent to other venues around the world. [read more…]

The Drifters in contemporary form (from left): Dashaun Young, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Noah J. Ricketts (Photo by Joan Marcus)
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The Music of Carole King: Beautiful

On only its third stop as part of a national tour, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” is once again bringing down the house. The magic continues here in D.C. through Sunday, Oct. 25. And next month, King, a true musical legend, will be saluted during the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 6. “Beautiful” tells the story of how Carole Klein became the cultural icon we now know as Carole King whose songs gave life to a host of singers during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
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