Kevin Washington Quintet: Rondo Community Music on Selby Series


The Rondo Community Music Series Featuring The Kevin Washington Quintet

Walker|West invites you to a free performance by the Kevin Washington Quintet at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 26. A reception, with complimentary food and beverages provided by the Twist Davis Group (Revival and In-Bloom restaurants), precedes the concert at 6 p.m.

Drummer Kevin Washington

Kevin has three decades of experience as a professional musician ranging from stages in Detroit to New York to the Twin Cities in addition to being the lead drum instructor at Walker|West.  Any one who has seen Kevin play the drums knows that he is among the most versatile of jazz musicians. He is as adept at playing straight-ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin/African rhythms or hip-hop and funk into his sets.

With Kevin’s leadership, his Quintet aims to take the music to new, contemporary heights while retaining the improvisation inherent in jazz. At the end of 2018, Kevin’s group performed a tribute to the legendary jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who had just passed away. Since that highly acclaimed performance, there have been several encore performances of this tribute, including one at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The night’s set list will include some of the Hargrove tribute pieces along with a variety of other selections.

The concert is the second of four free performances in the Rondo Community Music Series, made possible by the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts and the Rondo Community Land Trust More Jazz on Selby Initiative.

Saturday, October 26
6:00 p.m., Reception; 7:30 p.m., Concert
760 Selby Ave., St. Paul

Free and open to the public
If you plan to attend, please call 651-224-2929 or RSVP online.


Other Series Dates

7:30 p.m, Saturday, November 16
Triple Encore Performance:
From R & B to Gospel: Robinson, Duncan & Duncan, and DP Voices
Walker|West Faculty led by Mr. Duncan

7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7
Featured Artist:

Desean Jones of Detroit Music Factory

About The Rondo Community & This Music Series

Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, the Rondo Community experienced a social and cultural boom.  Music and theater flourished.  African-American churches, businesses, and schools set down roots, creating a strong community.  The construction of Interstate 94 between 1956 and 1968 cut the community in half, displacing over 700 residents, and fracturing Rondo’s identity as a cultural center.

With the support of the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts and the Rondo Land Trust: More Jazz on Selby initiative,  Walker|West presents this four-month series as a way to bring back the social and cultural boom of the old Rondo Community. This inaugural series is called the Rondo Community Music Series and focuses on bringing the community together through music.

Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.