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In 1960, after South African police killed 69 anti-apartheid protestors in the Sharpeville massacre, trumpeter Hugh Masekela went into exile. Accepted at the Manhattan School of Music, the 21-year-old had a mind-blowing initial evening in the Big Apple. By 1968, Masekela had made a name for himself in the U.S., with the catchy Afropop instrumental hit “Grazing in the Grass.” At the Manhattan School, Masekela met pianist Larry Willis, who later became known for his collaborations with Gillespie. Together these two like to play warm, leisurely takes on melody-filled jazz and soul standards from Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock, and the Stylistics, and share stories from more than 50 years in the industry. Read more >>> Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis perform at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $35–$50. (301) 581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com. (Steve Kiviat)
McClellan’s Retreat is celebrating its first birthday tonight. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Dupont bar will be giving out a welcome punch and cupcakes while supplies last. At 9 p.m., there will be a toast with Whistle pig rye whiskey. No reservations are needed, but check out the event’s Facebook page here. Meanwhile, the bar is highlighting Manhattans this month, and guests can choose from six variations of the classic cocktail. McClellan’s Retreat, 2031 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 265-6270. mcclellansretreat.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tony-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp celebrates her five decades in dance with an evening of entirely new work, presented at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$89.
Canadian rock act Dilly Dally takes the stage at DC9 with local trio Calm & Crisis. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
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