Summer Begins in the Nation's Capital with DC JazzFest, June 10-19
"The DC JazzFest epitomizes a district-wide cultural event, bringing great music to all four quadrants of our peerless international area," said Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. "The depth of talent we're able to present is truly remarkable, and underscores the breadth of the genre."
It's A Jazz Takeover in DC! Buy your tickets now for the best seats. Here's a snapshot of our main stages and major artists:
DC JazzFest at The Hamilton Live presented by The Washington Post (June 10-19). Eight eclectic nights of electrifying performances from acclaimed artists such as funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker; "master of improvisational jazz violin" and MacArthur genius grant recipient Regina Carter; Grammy-winning vocalist, composer and lyricist Kurt Elling; post-bop pianist and composer Harold Mabern with one of the great tenor saxophonists of our time Eric Alexander; prolific trombone & shells master Steve Turre, most well-known as a member of The Saturday Night Live Band for over 30 years; Grammy-nominated organist, trumpeter and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco, genre-busting, multi-instrumentalist and two-time Grammy winner (with Snarky Puppy) Cory Henry, and the island proud Caribbean rhythms of trumpeter Etienne Charles(Trinidad) and Jamaican ska, reggae and jazz guitar pioneer Ernest Ranglin. Address. 600 14th St NW. Buy Tickets. The full schedule follows, with show times:
DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present DCJazzFest at The Yards (June 17-19). The Festival's outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park with music, food and drink vendors, and a marketplace under the sun. Come party with 2016 GRAMMY winner Cécile McLorin Salvant;Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band featuring singer/songwriter Bilal, hip hop artist Talib Kweli an dsaxophonist Ravi Coltrane; jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Kamasi Washington; GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, band leader, composer and NEA Jazz MasterEddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet; DC's legendary go-go pioneers The Chuck Brown Band;Grlls Rule! featuring Brazilian vocalist Cissa Paz; Sharel Cassity & Elektra, and Akua Allrich;saxophonist Fred Foss presents a Tribute to NEA Jazz Master Jackie McLean; E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings; and performances from the three finalists of DCJazzPrix, DC JazzFest's exciting new jazz band competition. DCJazzPrix finalists are New Century Jazz Quintet, Mark G Meadows and The Movement, and Cowboys & Frenchmen
Address: 355 Water St, SE. Music til 10PM. (June 17-Free). June 18 & 19 Tickets available through TICKETMASTER.COM.
A Night at the Kennedy Center: DC JazzFest Salutes Howard Universit... (June 13, 8pm). Jazz at Howard University has produced great masters, leading contemporary jazz artists, brilliant jazz-informed artists who were indelibly touched by jazz from their HU experience, and some of the leading emerging artists representing jazz, pop, gospel, R&B, hip hop, and beyond! This stellar all-star evening will recognize Professor Fred Irby III and Dr. Art Dawkins, the "fathers" of jazz education with performances by NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, gospel master Richard Smallwood, Greg Osby, Loston Harris, Mark Batson, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, Paul Carr, Afro Blue, Carroll Dashiell, Shelton Becton, Kris Funn, Savannah Harris, Donvonte McCoy, McClenty Hunter, and more. Address: 2700 F St., NW. Tickets available throughKennedy Center Box Office
CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series will return
celebrating the many forms of the modern big band - and it's all happening in an empty gallery space just steps from Yards Park. On June 11, two of the hottest young names in jazz come blowing in from Chicago: Makaya McCraven
and Marquis Hill
will each play with his own quintet, then they'll join forces in a supersized ensemble to finish the night with an improvised, grooving midnight jam. The following weekend, CapitalBop's star-studded shows are the hang after things wind down at Yards Park's main stage. On June 17, Michele Rosewoman
brings New Yor-uba
, her legendary Afro-Cuban fusion orchestra. The next night, it's Orrin Evans
and his powerful Capt. Black Big Band
, plus a set from DC's own Washington Renaissance Orchestra
, led by Allyn Johnson
and Nasar Abadey
. Address: Arris, 1331 4th St. SE, one-block walk from Yards Park
The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 16th season in May. The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
Friday, June 10th - 5:00 to 8:30 pm
Jazz in the 'Hoods will take place in more than 18 neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists to celebrate the genre. It has a tradition of attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. Jazz in the 'Hoods includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series; the East River JazzFest; and a partnership with National Park Service, and Transparent Productions. Jazz in the 'Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Mr. Henry's, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, We Act Radio, Embassies including France Japan, Italy, and Portugal; National Park Service, UDC/Jazz Alive, and other venues across DC. Artists and Jazz in the Hoods' lineup announced very soon this month!
Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Preview Event, June 4,10am - 5pm; June 5, 12pm - 7pm ). In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with free performances in The Phillips Collection's Music Room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This FREE, family-friendly event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more! Address:1600 21st St., NW. Great event for the entire family.
DC Jazz Festival is dedicated to showcasing the wealth of great artists based across the globe and throughout our own community. In addition to adding three days to the Festival, DC JazzFest has also added performance venues this year, through such new partnerships as one with the National Park Service (free shows at the Sylvan Theatre, Pershing Park, Dupont Circle and Farragut Square); and with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, featuring the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra.
TRAVEL & HOTELS: GETTING TO DC JAZZFEST
Take Amtrak to the DC JazzFest and save 30 percent on a companion fare when you book now through June 19, 2016. Festival guests can visit www.amtrak.com/visitdc and use the "Book It Now" button to receive the companion fare discount.
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About DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF): With more than 125 performances in over 40 venues across the city, the DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC JazzFest celebrates America's unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation's capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2016 DC JazzFest will take place June 10-19. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visitwww.dcjazzfest.org.
Proud major funders of the DC JazzFest and its education events, to date, include: Events DC; Forest City Washington, The Washington Post; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; LCG, Sage Communications; Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, Clyde's Restaurant Group and Hamilton Live; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Renaissance Hotels, Destination DC; Mayo Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo, Capitol Riverfront BID, Peter Gillon and Lisa Hook, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; and Coca-Cola. Other funders include CrossCurrents Foundation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, the NEA Foundation, Broadcast Music Inc., Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Venable Foundation, Amtrak, WMATA, WHUR, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Informer, WAMU, Washington Parent, WPFW, Geico, Downbeat, and The Georgetowner.
The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation and with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2016 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.
The DC Jazz Festival welcomes a diverse selection of emerging and master-level talent across the District June 10-19, with 90+ bands and 300 artists at 40+ venues, including Yards Park, the Kennedy Center, The Hamilton Live,Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, area clubs and restaurants, and National Parks venues.