Local musicians including Eva Cassidy and Ruth Brown shaped D.C.'s jazz scene.

Local musicians including Eva Cassidy and Ruth Brown shaped D.C.'s jazz scene.

Although New York City became the epicenter of jazz during the 20th century, Washington –the home of “Black Broadway”– also cultivated its own unique scene where women played an important, but often under-acknowledged role. While that remains true today, the legacies of local musicians like vocalist Shirley Horn and pianist Geri Allen inspire today’s local artists, many of whom are now performing in this year’s D.C. Jazz Festival. In the midst of the annual event, which runs through June 17, Kojo sits down with women in Washington’s jazz scene — and takes in a bit of live music.

Guests

  • Kendall Isadore Jazz Vocalist & Violinist; Music Educator; @missisadorable
  • Sunny Sumter Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival; @DCJazzFest
  • Bridget Arnwine Contributor, "DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, D.C."

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