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Fab 5 Freddy – rap & hip hop pioneer with a jazz pedigree

With the recent news of early hip hop and scenester Fab 5 Freddy’s collection going to the Schomburg Center, Fred Braithwaite Jr. had once again struck a pioneering chord, by helping to establish hip hop and rap as an archival … Continue reading

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Celebrating Randy Weston

Sunday, June 9th, 8:00pm at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre promises to be a very special evening as part of the 15th annual DC JazzFest. Celebrating Randy Weston will honor the rich and peerless legacy of the man for whom … Continue reading

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A Jazz Life: Rusty Hassan (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of our oral history interview with Rusty Hassan, just scroll down. Part 2 picks up at the dawn of Rusty’s now 50-year stint as a jazz radio programmer. Willard Jenkins: After this guy you met … Continue reading

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A Life in Jazz: Rusty Hassan (Part One)

This year marks the 50th year in jazz radio for a true jazz warrior, DC’s own Rusty Hassan. Currently heard regularly on WPFW 89.3FM in the DMV, the Washington metro region’s Pacifica station, on his Thursday Late Night Jazz show … Continue reading

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Standing up for artists beyond the bandstand

I referred to you as an artist manager, you prefer Artist Development Mentor and Rights Activist. Please detail your work in that regard. I officially became an artist manager in 2003, when I was working as a festival programmer in … Continue reading

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