HU’s Afro Blue Set To Perform at National Christmas Tree Lighting 2016


Howard University’s Afro Blue is set to performs at The Obamas’ final National Christmas Tree Lighting. Gospel great Yolanda Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are also on the ticket to perform. Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel is scheduled to make an appearance as well. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will be televised on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5 at 7 P.M. ET/PT.

Afro Blue, was founded in 2002 by Connaitre Miller, Jazz Voice Coordinator at Howard University. This dynamic “vocal big band” has performed to wide critical acclaim. Afro Blue reached the top four on The Sing-Off, NBC-TV’s a cappella group competition; has aired on NPR in a segment of All Things Considered, a Tiny Desk Concert, and the feature program “An Afro Blue Christmas;” and has performed multiple times at The Kennedy Center and The Apollo Theatre. Afro Blue has appeared with jazz greats: Geri Allen, Bobby McFerrin, Jon Hendricks, Esperanza Spalding, Carmen Lundy, Diane Reeves, Al Jarreau, Lizz Wright, Jason Moran, Patti Austin and The Count Basie Band. Adapting to any style, Afro Blue has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony and Motown artists Smoky Robinson, Martha Reeves and John Ingram. Afro Blue has five CD recordings, available at –


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