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I don't know much about jazz, except for the obvious names and tunes. A gap in my knowledge I've been addressing. Last night I went to the opening lecture in a symposium on jazz and African influences. It was very good. The main speaker had been playing for over 60 years. He talked about learning from other players up in the Berkshires and going to Africa and learning about the roots of jazz.

The Sumner School was one of the first schools for black children in DC. Built in 1871, it's been beautifully restored.



Blues Alley, a well-known DC club, sponsors the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. They provided music before the symposium began. )

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