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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Strathmore announces summer menu of jazz, hip-hop and ukuleles

For summertime on Rockville Pike in Montgomery County, Strathmore has drummed up a schedule of music and dance, including a return of its wildly popular UkeFest.
The hybrid band Abraham Inc. appearing at Strathmore (Courtesy of Strathmore)

The summer season unofficially kicks-off May 3, with a dance party led by Abraham Inc., the high-energy band that plays klezmer, funk and hip-hop and whatever else the audience shouts out.

Also among the headliners are jazz legend Ahmad Jamal on June 22 and John Pizzarelli, who will perform Sinatra and Ellington with Kurt Elling on May 10. Tommy Tune, tall and tapping in show business for 50 years, will present “Steps in Time” June 2.

Strathmore will have a tribute Aug. 16 to the late Washington vocalist Eva Cassidy. Cassidy died at age 33 in 1996 but left behind two memorable albums, one of duets with Chuck Brown and another, “Live at Blues Alley.”

In other tributes, Elijah Balbed will honor jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in a free outdoor concert.

There will be a joint concert July 20 with smooth jazz favorites Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill and Maysa. Dallas Brass is doing a week-long residency and will bring together 120 student musicians on May 18.

If you were watching “Sing Off’ last season, you can get some more Afro Blue July 14, along with Italian vocal group, Cluster.

From the movie score side of music, Stephane Wrembel, who did the music for “Midnight in Paris,” will appear at a free event. Also doing outdoors and free performances are rockabilly singer Marti Brom on Aug. 8, country’s Lyndsey Highlander on July 25 and Dominican bachata leader Joan Soriano on Aug. 1.
The Piney Branch Kids Ukulele Orchestra (Photo by Jim Saah)

Last summer more than 2,100 people strummed their ukuleles at UkeFest. This year’s will be held Aug. 15.

The full schedule covers dates at the concert hall, the mansion and the grounds. Details at

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Tags:  Strathmore summer schedule, Strathmore Music Center, Eva Cassidy, Tommy Tume, Ahmad Jamal, Afro Blue Vocal Band, UkeFest

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