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The death in August of singer “Uptown” Janice Brown—-aka journalist, educator, and broadcaster Janice Frink Brown—-has left a lot of grief in the D.C. jazz community. Brown’s family and close friends are giving her fans and supporters an outlet to mourn this weekend with a large-scale memorial service at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
The program, however, will be quite a celebratory one, according to Brown’s daughter Whitney Leigh Brown, a dancer in New York. It will include a musical performance from some of Brown’s colleagues; tributes from her friends; poetry readings; and a dedicatory dance from Whitney Brown. In addition, Vicino’s Ristorante Italiano in Silver Spring—-where Brown most frequently performed—-will unveil a plaque that dedicates the month of August as Janice Brown Jazz and Blues Month “for eternity,” says Brown.
Also planned for the service are a number of special tributes that have not been announced, says family spokesperson Carl DeShazior.
Janice Brown’s memorial service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. All are encouraged to attend—and are asked to wear “a touch of red,” Brown’s signature color, to the service.