Blues Alley welcomes Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band Friday July 29 through Sunday July 31.
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Poncho Sanchez was born in Texas on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family (rumor has it that his 13-year old mother fled to the U.S. after hiding under the bed as revolutionary Pancho Villa stormed her village), but grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music.
Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations.
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The Phillips Collection is hosting a screening and discussion of Rosenwald on July 21, 2016 beginning at 1:30 pm in their auditorium.
Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build 5,000 schools during the early part of the 20th century.
Rosenwald awarded grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals and artists of his day so that they could pursue their scholarship and art. The documentary includes the story of how Jacob Lawrence completed The Migration Series under a Rosenwald grant. This screening also premieres the DVD extra on Jacob Lawrence that will be featured on the Rosenwald DVD coming out this fall.
A conversation with Kempner, Phillips curator Elsa Smithgall, and writer and journalist A’Lelia Bundles follows.
Co-sponsored by the March on Washington Film Festival
The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.
As part of their mission to Discover, Savor, and Share all things Italian, Via Umbria is opening their Laboratorio Demonstration Kitchen to the public as they host their first Sunday Social–an informal evening dedicated to creating a shared space for families and neighbors to gather together.
Stop by this Sunday, June 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm, and order a glass (or bottle) of wine from their Cafe before heading upstairs to enjoy limitless Italian treats from their fresh food buffet. With flexible seating, a rotating selection of fresh pastas, roasted meats, salads, and desserts, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Sunday Social is the perfect way for individuals and families to relax and enjoy your Sunday as you celebrate the end of one week and the beginning of the new.
Via Umbria is located at 1525 Wisconsin Avene in Georgetown.