It’s time to save the date. The DC Jazz Festival will be kicking off June 5th, and the sweet sounds resonating through the city will continue through the 16th. The annual festival will once again feature jazz musicians from around the world and bring to the stage some of the hottest new talent. Now is the time to mark your calendars and start setting the itinerary up for some great performances.
Multiple venues will be used for the Jazz Festival, including museums, hotels, restaurants and clubs. Talent for this year’s event includes a long list of accomplished artists - Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Stefon Harris & Blackout, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, the Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio, Nicholas Payton XXX, Terri Lyne Carrington, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and the Brass-A-Holics Go Go Brass Funk Bank, just to name a few.
Other artists making appearances at the festival include: Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guests Steven Bernstein and Anat Cohen. Latin jazz legends such as Tito Puente, Machito, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as traditional Jewish melodies will also be playing to the masses.
The DC Jazz Festival, started in 2004, was initially named the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Its purpose was, and still is to bring the biggest names to the stage and celebrate the history of this great music. Six years later the festival was renamed the DC Jazz Festival. A primary goal of the DCJF is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the importance jazz music has played in the nation’s capital. Additionally, the DCJF seeks to promote and educate through programs integrated into school curricula, thus discovering a more diverse audience of jazz music.
The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored partly by the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.Hope to see you there!!!