Washington Ballet Celebrates the Jazz/Blues

Ambassador of Brazil Mauro Vieira, WB Artistic Director Septime Webre | Mary Bird

The Washington Ballet’s “The Jazz/Blues Project,” appeared at Sidney Harman Hall, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2. Three ballets were performed to the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker, Keith Jarrett and Etta James. The jazz and blues themed work was choreographed by Val Caniparoli, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Trey McIntrye.The Howard University Jazz Ensemble and award winning vocalist E. Faye Butler added their talents to the dancing. A reception for the performers and major donors following the Jan. 30 program was hosted at the Embassy of Brazil. Ambassador Vieira said “the show was fantastic.” Board Chair Sylvia de Leon spoke of the “broad diversity” of jazz and led a toast to Artistic Director Septime Webre.

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