Each year, as summer rolls around, the DC jazz community gears up for DC JazzFest – a 10 day extravaganza that showcases the greatest in both new and old, acclaimed and emerging jazz. The festival draws in thousands of fans hungry for a taste of some of the biggest names in jazz each year; the line-up this year promises to attract the most attention yet.
Revive is excited to announce that Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band will cap off the Events DC Presents: DCJazzFest at The Yards – a three-day “blowout” as part of DC JazzFest, occurring Friday Jun 17th to Sunday, June 19th. At The Yards on Sunday, Thomas and the Big Band will premiere “A Journey Through The Legacy of Black Culture” – a groundbreaking series of concept performances composed as a living testament to the breadth of African diasporic musical traditions and their continued impact on American culture. Combining jazz, soul, blues, rock & roll and r&b, the band presents a transformative series that seeks to peel back the layers of appropriation and commercial perversion to translate the roots of black music – from Louis Armstrong and Marvin Gaye to Tupac Shakur – according to the unifying rhythms at the foundation of the culture. Talib Kweli, Ravi Coltrane, and Bilal will join the band in honoring the classic compositions and innovators that have served as the heartbeat of the sound. Also on the bill that night is E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings, Kamasi Washington, and Fred Foss‘ homage to Jackie McLean.
Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture feat. Talib Kweli, Bilal, and Ravi Coltrane
Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Yards Park Navy Yard, 355 Water St SE
Tickets: $45 – available here