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VIDEO: Jazz Cats Flock to Rockville

The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival showcased student and professional artists.

Hundreds of performers from around the East Coast came together on three stages last weekend for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center.

Produced by the Jazz Academy of Music, the goal of the three-day showcase is to keep jazz alive, both by promoting jazz education in public schools and by offering emerging local artists a chance to showcase their talents.

The showcase included performances by groups from John T. Baker and Robert Frost middle schools and Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Montgomery Blair, James Hubert Blake, Albert Einstein, Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman high schools.

Formerly known as the East Coast Jazz Festival, the mid-winter tradition was reborn as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival last year after a brief hiatus following the death of Ronnie Wells, a vocalist and teacher who founded the original festival in 1992. 

Iva Jean February 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM
It was fabulous!!! I cannot wait until next years festival from 2/17 -2/20/2012!
Sean R. Sedam February 23, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Thanks for the recommendation Iva Jean. I think I'm going to have to put those dates on my calendar.

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