Presented by Allyn Johnson
Topic: Thinking About Jazz - Bud Powell: Two A New Piano Voice
October 28, 2023, 1-3pm (via Zoom)
Bud Powell revolutionized the jazz piano in the 40's and 50's working along with giants like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk who referred to his as his protege. He came from a musical family, born to a stride pianist father, he started playing classical music at age 5. Older brother William was a band leader; younger brother Richie died in that tragic car crash that took him and Clifford Brown far too young. His unique ability to imitate other established piano players helped him develop his own style. He played "two handed" like few had done before and had a profound impact on the development of jazz. Allyn Johnson will bring this unique story of a jazz pioneer like few others.
Zoom link will be distributed the week right before the event. Call the Church office on 202-484-7700 or Rev. Brian 202-641-8220 for further information.
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