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The German Embassy presents the documentary “Carlo, keep swingin’” and live music by the Andrew Adair Jazz Trio

  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 4645 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

The German Embassy presents the documentary “Carlo, keep swingin’” and live music by the Andrew Adair Jazz Trio

In the post-war era, the bombed-out city of Frankfurt was home to a legendary underground club called Domicile du Jazz orJazzkeller, as it became known.

In the daytime, this basement served as a rehearsal room for musicians, but in the evenings it would transform into a lively jam session. The space became a central destination for world-famous jazz musicians from both Germany and overseas, including musicians Keith Copeland, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. No other stage featured as many legendary jazz musicians as this one.  And in the center of it all stood trumpet player Carlo Bohländer.

The movie by Elizabeth Ok is a colorful piece of artwork about an extraordinary person, a genius with a fine sense of humor and a lot of enthusiasm.  It shows the complicated love story of an unconventional couple like Bohländer and his American wife Anita, who lived in 1950s Germany. It is also a hymn to freedom and jazz music. The Jazzkeller helped build true relationships across the Atlantic after World War II.

Andrew Adair Jazz Trio

The trio comprises Andrew Adair (piano), Zack Pride (bass), and Todd Harrison (drums).

Mr. Adair studied in Germany and regularly performs in Berlin. In the last year he has appeared at the Berlin-based X-Jazz Festival and venues such as Zig Zag, The Hat, and Badehaus. Mr. Pride and Mr. Harrison are master musicians who have performed internationally in conjunction with the U.S. Armed Forces. Mr. Pride currently holds the bass chair in the U.S. Army Blues, and Mr. Harrsion recently retired after 20 years of service with the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.

The trio will play a selection of tunes made popular during the “Golden Era” of jazz, which began following the end of World War II.

Thursday, July 7, 7 pm

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

4645 Reservoir Road, NW

Washington, DC 20007

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Limited seating. First-come, first-served.

Please bring photo ID. Doors open at 6:30 - Please allow time for the mandatory security screening process required to enter Embassy grounds.

Street parking available.