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With all the recent attention paid in D.C. and elsewhere to Afro-Blue, Connaitre Miller has earned a victory lap. The director of the Howard University jazz vocal ensemble is a internationally respected educator and extraordinary performer in her own right. She possesses a booming voice, as brassy as a trombone and as powerful as an operatic diva, with an unerring sense of harmony—clearly apparent in her work with Afro-Blue. She also has an impossibly precise rhythmic ear: When she scats, she gets dangerous. It’s a gift that has won Miller adoring audiences all over the country, where she performs in festivals and solo concerts. Leadership of a now-famous a cappella group is accomplishment enough for some, but when Miller sings, she singlehandedly repudiates the cliché that “those who can’t do, teach.”
Connaitre Miller performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. $15. strathmore.org. (301) 581-5109.