The Harlem Renaissance Fair is a celebration of the explosion of creativity and spirit that took place across music, dance and literature in Harlem in the 1920s and '30s. The evening, at the Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, begins with the Thad Wilson Jazz Big Band. Headed by renowned bandleader and trumpeter Wilson, the ensemble features some of DC's best musicians, including scat artist Sharon Clarke. As the band plays, dancers will demonstrate popular steps of the era when great musicians like Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. Next, actor and poet David Mills presents a one-man show about Langston Hughes. This swingin' evening of jazz and poetry will also include Renaissance-related exhibits, living history vignettes and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Margaret's Soul Food. The festivities conclude with a set from Wilson's band that harkens to the post-World War II years and musicians such as Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
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