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Two jazz marathons


You can celebrate your love of jazz 100 different ways in Philadelphia this weekend. Or, if you prefer to stay closer to home, attend the 6th Annual East Coast Jazz Festival, a four-day marathon of music in Bethesda and Rockville.

Beginning today and running through Sunday, the PECO Energy Jazz Festival in Philadelphia features four headline concerts and more than 100 jazz events around the clock and throughout the city. National artists scheduled to appear include Betty Carter, George Shearing, Tommy Flanagan and Shirley Scott. Also part of the festivities is "Jazz 'til Sunrise," a jazz all-nighter with eight hours of non-stop original music on three stages beginning tomorrow evening at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum at 7th and Arch streets.

Meanwhile, jazz greats and emerging artists will be performing closer to home. Starting today at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda and continuing through Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rockville, the 6th Annual East Coast Jazz Festival presents 50 hours of live acoustic jazz, including 48 concerts, jam sessions and workshops.

Some events in both celebrations are free, while tickets are needed for others. Proceeds of Philadelphia's Jazz Festival will support the work of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. The East Coast festival is a venue for the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Competition. For more information and detailed schedules, call (215) 636-3300 in Philadelphia; or (301) 933-1822 for the 6th Annual East Coast Jazz Festival.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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