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Legendary Trumpeter Charles Tolliver to Perform at AVAA Exhibition
in the Kennedy Center on October 21, 2023

October 11, 2023

America’s Voices Against Apartheid invites you to indulge in music, cinema, and other experiential activities in an educational encounter about the history of apartheid and its ties to the United States.


On October 21, the America's Voices Against Apartheid exhibit invites you to enhance your experience with a live performance of John Coltrane’s 1961 record Africa/Brass with legendary trumpeter, Charles Tolliver. The full album will be performed by Tolliver alongside saxophonist Camille Thurman, bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Victor Gould, drummer Darell Green, and Howard University’s vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue. 


Quote from Dr. Jean Bailey, America’s Voices Against Apartheid Project Director 

“This one-night performance by Charles Tolliver, Camille Thurman, and Howard University’s Afro Blue provides visitors with a rich experience of music and entertainment. With his trumpet, Tolliver will serve as an adventurous, avant-garde guide through the history and culture of South Africa.”


Additional Event Details

There will be two chances to see this exclusive concert in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center on October 21. 

  • The first show is at 7 p.m. 

  • The second show is at 9 p.m. 

  • Tickets for both shows can be purchased at the Kennedy Center website.

  • Prices start at $39 with the maximum price being $65. 

  • At the same price, wheelchair access and wheelchair companion access tickets can be purchased. 


More About Charles Tolliver

Charles Tolliver began his career and recording debut on Blue Note Records in 1964 with the saxophonist Jackie McLean. His success grew as he became one of the all-time preeminent trumpeters in Jazz and a gifted composer/arranger of bandleaders. His Blue Note Records recording “With Love” earned him a Grammy nomination and through his five decade career, he’s performed with renowned artists such as Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and Stanley Cowell. In addition, Tolliver owned the trumpet chair with Max Roach for many years.  

For more information about Charles Tolliver and to purchase online tickets, visit

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