Ivy Singles Social Club Jazz History Walking Tour of Washington

Join Ivy Singles for a tour of the landmarks of DC jazz history in Shaw and on U St.

Bruce McBarnette '80 and the Ivy Singles Social Club invite you to a jazz history walking tour of Washington, led by historian and tour guide Garrett Peck. The combination of jazz and bootleg booze was an irresistible force in Prohibition-era Washington, and nowhere in town was the music hotter or the drinks more plentiful than in Shaw. The clubs and theaters on U Street, N.W., dubbed the city’s “Black Broadway,” drew audiences to hear headliners like Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and D.C. born Duke Ellington. We will meet at the historic Howard Theater a few minutes before 6 PM for a two-hour walking tour that will start promptly at 6.  We’ll end with a happy hour at Right Proper Brewing, the site of Frank Holliday’s Pool Hall, where a teenaged Duke Ellington learned to appreciate music.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6-8 PM
Where: Meet at the historic Howard Theater, 620 T St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $27
Register: Purchase tickets via Cornell Club of Washington link: https://cornellclubdc.org/event-3439062. Tour is limited to the first 25 sign-ups.  We can schedule a second tour in the coming weeks if there is interest.

Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide in the nation's capital. He leads tours through The Smithsonian Associates, and his Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He was featured on a two-hour documentary about Prohibition by the Smithsonian Channel. His seventh book, The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath, was published in 2018. Peck is on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and is a member of the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C.

Questions? Email Deborah Tate at debtate2001@yahoo.com.

The Ivy Singles Social Club (ISSC) is a coalition of Ivy League, Seven Sister and other prestigious schools' regional alumni associations that sponsors social activities. Our events are open to all single alumni of member schools and their guests. Most of our attendees are in their 30's, 40's or 50's. All ages are welcome.