Unwind at the Library with some Saturday afternoon jazz.

Celebrate jazz with talented duos as you sit back and relax one Saturday a month from August to November. This month, join Kenny Rittenhouse, Trumpet and James Collins, Organ as they perform the music of Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967). 

Free. RSVP to receive an event reminder email. Attendance is first-come, first-served until event capacity is reached.

For more information, contact lnuccio@arlingtonva.us

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About the Musicians:

Kenny Rittenhouse is an accomplished jazz musician with a Bachelor's Degree in music and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies. He served in The United States Army Band for 30 years and performed with The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Rittenhouse currently holds the position of Applied Trumpet Instructor at Morgan State University, having previously taught at George Mason University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Rittenhouse is a bandleader and has led his own jazz quartet for over 25 years. The Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble is a hard-swinging jazz group that pays homage to the blue note recording artists of the 60s, presenting bop/post-bop styles and modern originals while establishing a rapport with their audience that few others produce.

James Collins is a Philly-Bred, Washington D.C.-based pianist and organist. James received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Temple University, where he had the privilege of studying with masters such as Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Dick Oatts, Elio Villafranca and many more. James regularly performs between his hometown of Philadelphia and DC, as well as Baltimore. In his travels, he’s played with the likes of Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis, Rodney Green, Eddie Daniels, Ben Allison, David Wong, and Scott Tixier. James takes joy in performing a versatile array of jazz styles, from 1940s swing to the modern jazz of today.  He is also a member of the United States Army Band, where he performs regularly with different jazz, classical and chamber ensembles.




Saturday, August 5, 2023
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
Events for Adults Good for Adults Age 55+
Arlington Public Library
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