GDS Jazz Festival

The GDS Jazz Festival hosts area high school bands in adjudicated performances as well as performances and masterclasses by local and internationally-acclaimed guest artists. Resident clinicians and featured performers give workshops on topics including brass, woodwinds, rhythm section, improvisation, composing, music business, and many topics germane to the jazz and creative music scenes. All events are free and open to the public.

This event is courtesy of the Goldman Family Music Endowment.

Upcoming Festival

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  • 2019

    Thursday, February 28, 6:00–9:00 PM @ GDS High School, Room 310
    Open rehearsal with Fay Victor's "Herbie Nichols SUNG" project

    Friday, March 1 @ GDS High School, Room 310 
    12:00 PM: Lunchtime performance by Fay Victor's "Herbie Nichols SUNG" project.
    7th Period: Masterclass
    4th Period: Masterclass

    Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00–10:00 PM @ Tonal Park (7014 Westmoreland Ave, Ste 7, Takoma Park, MD)
    Fay Victor's Herbie Nichols SUNG at Allyworld

    GDS Jazz and Creative Music Festival presents Fay Victor's Herbie Nichols SUNG project, in celebration of the pianist's centennial.

    About this project, Fay says: “I’ve been working with Herbie Nichols’ music for well over a decade – I’m madly in love with it. His is joyous, irresistible music, even if it has been sadly underplayed. There are scholarly approaches to his pieces, but our way is to open up the forms and really get that joyousness across. Except for Billie’s words to ‘Lady Sings the Blues,’ I wrote the lyrics to all the tunes, with the words coming out of the music itself and my response to it. The way the band plays is sensitive and open but with a real muscularity and intensity. I hope people aren’t intimidated if they don’t know the music or even the name of Herbie Nichols – I want them to come dig the music and leave having been taken by the beauty of the melodies and their singability. I want people to fall in love with Herbie Nichols like I have.”
    • Fay Victor - vocals, lyrics, conception
    • Anthony Coleman - piano
    • Ratzo Harris - bass


    • Brad Linde - alto saxophone
    • Deric Dickens - drums
    A short opening set by GDS Jazz and Creative Music Honors Ensemble "Jazz Club" will kick off the evening.

    Saturday, March 2, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ GDS High School Forum
    Bands from Sidwell, Burke, and GDS will perform in the Forum throughout the day. In addition to their adjudicated performances, there will be a masterclass by visiting artists Fay Victor, Anthony Coleman, and Ratzo Harris, as well as a performance of Fay's project "Herbie Nichols SUNG" featuring the guest artists, along with Brad Linde and Deric Dicken.


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.