The Kennedy Center continues to bring female jazz artists into the spotlight with the 18th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. This annual three-night event, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater features an impressive line-up of veteran and up-and-coming jazz artists, the roster for 2013 includes on Thursday, May 16--Tineke Postma Quartet, Amina Claudine Myers Trio, and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton; on Friday, May 17--Regina Carter, the Helen Sung Quintet, and the vocal trio Tillery featuring Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, and Rebecca Martin; and on Saturday, May 18--Nicole Mitchell, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Cindy Blackman-Santana.
In addition to the ticketed events featuring headliners and their respective ensembles in the Terrace Theater, the Center also presents free performances on the Millennium Stage and Explore the Arts educational events.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Website
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