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That word, “festival,” has a certain connotation as something you can take the kids to —- an event where there’s plenty of space and opportunities for little ones to run around and have their own activities, get their faces painted or draw pictures or what-have-you. Well, jazz is for kids! So says the DC Jazz Festival, anyway, which pushes its educational efforts and concerts by young musicians extremely hard. But not every youngster is an aspiring player, and for them the festival offers Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days. It’s a mini-festival of its own for young children at the Phillips Collection; included are storytelling, arts-and-crafts workshops, face painting, and real live instruments for the kids to touch and play with. Also, for the sake of being, you know, a jazz festival, there’s a daylong concert program in the museum’s music room, featuring, in order, Vince Evans; Lavenia Nesmith; James King; Cloudburst Vocal Ensemble; and Sin Miedo. Plus, soloists David Schulman (violin) and Jamal Brown (flute) will be wandering the museum and interpreting art on their instruments. Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days takes place from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. Free.
Photo: The Phillips Collection.