DC Music Salon will gather at the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Neighborhood Library for a night of Duke Ellington enlightenment. Ellington is one of the greatest composers and most important band leaders the world has ever known, and he lived, loved and learned in our neighborhood!
The group will show PBS's documentary "Duke Ellington's Washington," and filmmaker Hedrick Smith will be on hand to discuss the film. Ellington scholar John Edward Hasse, author of the Ellington biography "Beyond Category" and Smithsonian curator will also be on hand for the discussion.
DC Music Salon is a free film and book series about different topics related to music, featuring discussions with expert guests. They show films and have discussions with musicians, filmmakers, authors and other fellow music lovers. These aren’t lectures, and all are welcome to join the conversation. Most meetings start with a quick introduction of a guest or topic, then show appropriate footage; they may discuss a relevant book and likely ask questions of the expert guests. Washington, D.C. -- especially the Shaw neighborhood -- has a musical heritage second to none, and the DC Music Salon celebrates it.
All are encouraged to attend the gatherings. The group usually meets the second Tuesday of even months, from 7 to 9 p.m. the library. Previous programs covered topics including Go Go, Howard Theatre and Nightclub 9:30.