City Paper is not for tourists
Landing your own radio show at 10 and performing for Duke Ellington would seem to indicate a long career in music. But at 45, jazz pianist Dick Morgan completely switched gears and entered law school. Burying himself in books at Howard University, however, didn’t keep the lifelong musician from playing Washington D.C.’s jazz circuit at night. Today, Morgan continues to perform regularly—including gigs at local venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, as well as annual appearances at the East Coast Jazz Festival—while also lecturing on music-related law. When he approaches the stage, the suit-and-tie wearing, graying-haired Morgan may look more lawyer than jazz musician, but any such case is put to rest the moment he begins playing. Morgan performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600.