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Jazz and hip-hop music and dance unite at Sixth & I in this innovative program led by trumpeter and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Sean Jones and virtuoso tap dancer, choreographer, and vocalist Brinae Ali. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afrofuturist lens on the intersection of cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie. From his coming of age through racial and social dynamics in the Deep South, creating and curating the bebop movement in New York, to his spiritual journey to Africa and his immersion in Afro-Cuban music and the Baha’i Faith, Dizzy was very much ahead of his time. Jones and Ali present a new perspective on his music and on the social vernacular of the African-American experience for our time. 

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus: 

Soundcheck: (Video) Who was Dizzy Gillespie? 10-year-old Malachi White, a performer with Blacks in Wax, has all the answers; (Video) Sean Jones and Brinae Ali discuss their Home Delivery Plus program and more with Afro News; (Video) Dizzy Spellz excerpt from Jazz at Lincoln Center

Linger Longer: Panel discussion on “What is Afrofuturism?” led by Sean Jones and Brinae Ali, with a range of additional participants to be announced 

Single-Event Price: $20
Student Price: $4 (with free Gateway Student Ticket Program registration)

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Special Thanks

Event Sponsors

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Lyn and Barry Chasen, Mike and Luanne Gutermuth, and Lydia Micheaux Marshall.

Home Delivery Plus performances recorded at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

Linger Longers on Home Delivery Plus are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Mars

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