The DC Jazz Festival is an annual event that features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC. The festival presents major jazz artists from around the world and introduces emerging artists. Celebrating musical styles from Bebop and Blues to Swing, Soul, Latin and World music, the DC Jazz festival includes performances at several museums, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. In 2014, the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a lineup including Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Cyrus Chestnut, The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, Grammy nominee Snarky Puppy, The Brass-A-Holics, and more.
Dates: June 24-29, 2014
Highlights of the 2014 DC Jazz Festival
- June 24-29 - The Hamilton Live will present six nights of exciting, eclectic performances. Performers include acclaimed artists such as Snarky Puppy, Roy Hargrove, The Brass-A-Holics, Irma Thomas and The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, among others. The Hamilton Live will offer an All Show Pass for general admission seating to all ten performances.
- June 24-29 - Jazz in the ‘Hoods is a partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, galleries and community centers in Washington DC including more than 45 venues with performances in 29 neighborhoods around the city. The annual series attracts a large, diverse audience and showcases many exceptional local jazz groups at venues like Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, the Howard Theatre, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. See the full schedule.
- June 27-29 - Jazz at the Riverfront is an exclusive three-day blowout where fans can enjoy jazz at the Capitol Riverfront overlooking the Anacostia River; wine and beer tastings; chef demonstrations; and a marketplace. The event will star Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Irma Thomas, vocalist Akua Allrich and harmonica virtuoso Frédéric Yonnet.
June 27: Frédéric Yonnet, Akua Allrich – Gates open at 5 p.m. Free.
June 28: Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and special guests – Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.com.
June 29: Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas – Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.com.
- Prelude Event, June 7-8 - Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days - In partnership with the Phillips Collection, returns again to celebrate the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances in the Phillips Collection’s music room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and youth ensembles. The two-day free event will feature storytelling and an instrument petting zoo.
History of the DC Jazz FestivalThe Duke Ellington Jazz Festival was created in 2004 to present major jazz artists and celebrate the history of music in Washington DC. After years of success, in 2010 the event was re-branded and named the DC Jazz Festival to highlight the national and international impact of jazz in the nation’s capital. The event is produced by Festivals DC, an organization to develop cultural and educational programs in Washington, DC. The DCJF presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that promote music integration in school curricula, and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Official Website: www.dcjazzfest.org