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Vocalist and pianist Andy Bey is one of the OutBeat headliners announced today | photo via nprmusic

Next week brings OutBeat : America’s First Queer Jazz Festival to venues across the city, presented by the William Way LGBT community center and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.  In anticipation of the landmark event, XPN’s Robert Drake invited William Way Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett into the studio to discuss the festival’s inception, the role of LGBT musicians in the heritage of jazz music and the commitment of the William Way Center to create cultural opportunities for the city.  OutBeat begins next Thursday, September 18th and runs through Sunday, September 21st.  Listen to the segment below and learn more about the festival here.

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