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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

A Jazzy Afternoon at the Clinical Center

Three men in the CC atrium, playing guitar, drums and bass

The University of Maryland Jazz Combo returns to the Clinical Center’s atrium, featuring (from l) Gerry Kunkel on guitar, Joey Antico on drums, John Previti on upright bass and (not shown) Jon Ozment on piano.

Photo: Dana Talesnik

A man rests his hands on conga drums.

Danny Villanueva performs with the UMD Jazz Combo.

Photo: Dana Talesnik

Lively jazz reverberated through the halls of the Clinical Research Center on June 10 when the University of Maryland Jazz Combo played a lunchtime concert in the atrium. It was their first return to campus since the pandemic began.

The crowd was smaller than usual as many NIH staffers have not yet returned to physical workspaces, but many more enjoyed the music that carries up through the halls and into patient rooms. Some patients walked or were wheeled over to check out all or part of the hour-long performance. 

The quintet performed upbeat arrangements of classic tunes and lesser-known songs by well-known jazz greats. The repertoire included George Gershwin’s Summertime; Thelonious Monk’s Nutty and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Once I Loved. Bandleader and guitarist Gerry Kunkel also dedicated a song to the hardworking NIH staff: Duke Ellington’s Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me. —Dana Talesnik

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