"From U Street" -- on 14th Street

Explore the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance

By Christin Roby
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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"From U Street" -- on 14th Street

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Saturday marks your last chance to catch "From U Street to the Cotton Club," a show paying tribute to the New York and D.C. jazz scenes of the '20s and '30s. The show blends music from Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and songs such as "Minnie the Moocher" and "Sophisticated Lady."

"From U Street to the Cotton Club" -- showing at the Source (1835 14th St. N.W.) -- tells tales of a courageous people in turbulent times and their journey from field to factory, from the Deep South to D.C., to Harlem and back South again. The production, directed by Kenyatta Rogers and Stanley Thurston, has the audience singing along to songs such as "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "This Joint Is Jumpin'."

Writer Sybil R. Williams details stories of disconnection and redemption through dance, poetry and signature songs of the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance. The cast mixes vocalists, a jazz trio and music director Stanley Thurston's inspired piano playing.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $34.

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