On November 15th at 7:00 p.m., the French-American Cultural Foundation will be hosting a major concert “JAZZ MEETS FRANCE,” at the Lisner Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC as part of the centenary commemorations of the
U.S. entry into WW1. The concert will celebrate the courage and bravery of the African-American soldiers and musicians, known as the Harlem Hell Fighters, who introduced jazz to France in 1917.
The concert will feature both American and French jazz musicians. David Skorton, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will act as Master of Ceremonies. A special exhibit of WW1 memorabilia linked to the Harlem Hell Fighters will also be on display. The program will be filled with popular American and French jazz standards and melodies that remain in the playbook of many jazz artists....