The Petworth Jazz Project, a 501(c)(3) entity, is preparing to begin its third successful season. The project, a public/private funded event, showcases the best in local jazz talent. All shows take place on the lawn at 8th and Taylor Streets N.W., in Washington D.C. and are free to attend. Performances have featured Kris Funn, Herb Scott, Nate Jolley, Noble Jolley, Veronneau, Donvonte McCoy, Akua Allrich, and the Bohemian Caverns Big Band, among others.
Our team, comprised of Founder, Producer and Petworth resident Tom Pipkin, Omrao Brown of Bohemian Caverns, and Hank Tolbert of Avondale Ventures, brings over 30 years of event and venue experience, program management, community development programming, and venture capital management to the project.
Goals for the future include expanding the Petworth Jazz Project into the realm of educational immersion classes open to middle and high school students of all skill levels. The Petworth Jazz Project will partner with a local institution to provide music room space and oversight, while we provide the instructor, who will be one or more of the musicians performing with the series. On the day of a show, students will arrive at the master class and engage in an educational session that focuses on theory and mastery of works to be performed that evening at the Petworth Jazz Project show. After the session, the students will travel with the band to the venue to assist in set-up and sound check, and then stay to watch the performance. This experience provides students a comprehensive “day in the life” of a musician as well as exposure to a college environment and positive role models.
With appropriate funding this very successful template can be duplicated to public spaces all over Washington, D.C. This expansion will fund and pay local musicians to perform, allowing them to sustain their art, while keeping money locally where it is most needed.
WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT
This vital community arts development project has had significant impact in creating community and energizing local spaces to allow neighbors to come out of their houses, enjoy music, and engage one another in a positive environment. Expanding this project through increased funding and sponsorship is needed, because it is all of our responsibility to support positive local events and strengthen our communities.
Sponsors of the 2011 and 2012 seasons were: Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, ANC4C, Bohemian Caverns, Donatelli Development, Car2Go, Upshur Street Business Cooperative, CorehausDC, Chez Billy, Creative Couch Designs, The Awesome Foundation, and community supporters who donated to the 2012 silent art auction fundraiser.
All childrens performances for 2013 curated by Bloombars.
The 2013 season is sponsored by: