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Jazz at Woodlawn Cemetery: Yesterday and Today

Duke Ellington’s grave at the Woodlawn Cemetery and Victor Goins, who will be performing at the Woodlawn Conservancy on Sunday (Gary Axelbank; victorgoins.com)

This Sunday Woodlawn Cemetery will celebrate the Dawn of the Jazz Age and the centennial of the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance with a special performance by Victor Goines and Friends.  The concert begins at 2:00pm on the spectacular grounds of the cemetery.  The concert is free but attendees must register beforehand at www.woodlawnjazz.org.

Earlier this week, thisistheBronX TV visited the Cemetery’s ‘Jazz Hill’ to learn about Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, and the dozens of jazz greats who are buried there.  We got a jazz history lesson and unlocked a few jazz secrets.  TAKE A LOOK! 

Mr. Goines is a long time member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at Northwestern University.

As a performer and arranger, he’s focused much of his work on the performers who brought “America’s Music,” to New York City.  Accordingly, this Sunday you’ll hear the sounds of WC Handy, King Oliver, and the “Maestro,” Duke Ellington.

To attend this Sunday’s free Victor Goins concert at the Woodlawn Cemetery register at www.woodlawnjazz.org.

Lionel Hampton’s headstone at the Woodlawn Cemetery (Gary Axelbank)
Irving Berlin’s footstone at the Woodlawn Cemetery (Gary Axelbank)
Duke Ellington’s footstone at the Woodlawn Cemetery (Gary Axelbank)
Miles Davis’ grave at the Woodlawn Cemetery (Gary Axelbank)

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