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Jazz N’ Families Fun Day is one of the trademark events of the DC Jazz Festival, a weekend-long calendar of kid-friendly activities and music. This year, as last year, it takes place at the Phillips Collection, so the young ones can get a perspective on the relationship between visual and musical arts —- and if you’re 3 or 30, it’s fun. There’s a storyteller on hand, as well as an “instrument petting zoo” (letting kids handle saxophones and drums, among others), art workshops, and even the chance to make their own art.
As for the music, once again performers will be walking the galleries and responding musically to what they see, guaranteeing something interesting and surprising; the musicians are solo, but find intriguing ways to build their sound (often with electronics). There’s also excitement in Phillips’ music room, where the cream of the DC crop will be performing: bands led by saxophonist John Kocur, vocalist George V. Johnson, steelpan drummer Victor Provost, flutist Charles Woods, bassist Michael Bowie, and violinist David Schuman. This writer will be taking his 4-month-old daughter for her first taste of live music; perhaps she’ll supply a good endorsement too.