Jazz for the whole family: Check out some free performances at the Phillips Collection art gallery at 1600 21st St. NW during the D.C. Jazz Festival’s Jazz ’n Families Fun Days. On June 2, from 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m., and June 3, from noon to about 5 p.m., see more than a dozen jazz groups improvise, wail and otherwise have a dangerous, cool time.
To see some Washington area performers who are around your age, hit the Phillips at 2 p.m. June 2, when the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington will perform with the Capitol Jazz Project.
Curious about what it takes to be a jazz artist? On June 3 at 4 p.m., jazz pianist Kenny Barron will discuss his life as an artist.
The festival will also include storytelling and the chance to see and touch instruments up close at an instrument petting zoo.
For more information: Your parents can get a complete schedule of events at www.dcjazzfest.org
Before you go: Download your KidsPost passport for fun and chances to win prizes.
Listen and learn: If you can’t get to the festival but you want to figure out what all the noise is about, ask your mom or dad to help you find the following jazz tunes:
●Louis Armstrong: “Dinah”
●Count Basie: “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”
●Duke Ellington: “Take the ‘A’ Train”
●Sarah Vaughan: “The Sassy One”
●Dizzy Gillespie: “Salt Peanuts”
●Miles Davis: “So What”