American Youth Symphony

Todays Date: 06/28/22
Last Update: 01/09/11 11:43:08 PM
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American Youth Symphony (AYS) is a non-profit organization which promotes instrumental music within the MTV-Hip Hop Generation.

1929 18th Street NW 1153 Washington, DC 20009 (202) 302-6703

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

It's a Hardbop Life  | Open: 02/03/11 Close: 02/18/11
Set in 1964 New York, a jazz trombone player named Q. (Gregory Charles Royal) struggles with his wealthy girlfriend (Jolynn Carpenter) over his artistic ethics and her shallow desire for singing fame on the day of his band Hardbop's debut performance at the Jazz Corner Nightclub.
The production features live performance in the hardbop jazz style by Duke Ellington Orchestra and Art Blakey alum Gregory Charles Royal who was also chronicled in the book Art Blakey Jazz Messenger (Leslie Gourse Shirmer Books, New York 2002). Also stars Marvel Comics' Spider-Woman Jolynn Carpenter.