The Beltway Brass Quintet is a project group led by Zachary Smith of the nationally acclaimed Dixie Power Trio. The members of the quintet reside in the Washington, D.C. area and quite frequently spend hours slogging around I-495, D.C.’s infamous beltway. It was on this stretch of highway that the idea for the Beltway Brass was conceived in 2003. The repertoire for the quintet is unusual in its emphasis on Twentieth Century jazz harmonies and stylings. Zachary Smith, Chas Peterson, and Tom Holtz have written most of the arrangements for the group—many of which can be heard on their first CD, Holiday Drive, the 2010 release From the Streets of New Orleans, and their most recent recording The Beltway Brass Goes to Church. Each player in the ensemble has a background rooted more in commercial playing than classical. This allows them to incorporate jazz technique such as improvising into their performances.
Friday, December 18 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
All performances will be on the Departures (Ticketing) Level near the east security checkpoint entrance.