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. 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the festival.
Dates: June 24-29, 2014 - Details to Be Announced
Highlights of the 2013 DC Jazz Festival
- June 5 - 15 - The Hamilton Live will present 10 nights of diverse performances including acclaimed artists such as the 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 Band. The Hamilton Live will offer an All Show Pass for general admission seating to all ten performances.
- June 5-15 - Jazz in the ‘Hoods is a partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, galleries and community centers in Washington DC including more than 40 venues with over 80 performances in 21 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 9 - From Bongos to Bagels: Falafel, Frijotos, Mambo & Borscht. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will bring together big band jazz, the convergence of Jewish and Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen accomplished musicians. The performance will feature the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guests Steven Bernstein and Anat Cohen and include works by Latin jazz legends such as Tito Puente, Machito, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as “classic” traditional Jewish melodies.
- June 14 - Jazz Meets the Latin Classics. The concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature virtuoso, saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera leading an 11- piece all-star ensemble - with special guests Brenda Feliciano, soprano, and Berta Rojas, guitar – performing arrangements of and improvisations on works by great Latin composers.
- June 15 - The Roots – Performing at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, The Grammy Award-winning hip hop band will celebrate its 25th year with a special concert. Snarky Puppy is the opening act.
- Dates to Be Announced - Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days - The free event at The Phillips Collection is geared towards families with performances by more than a dozen jazz musicians from around the region who improvise pieces inspired by paintings in museum’s intimate galleries. Children can participate in a variety of fun-filled activities to introduce them to the rich traditions of jazz and art, including an instrument petting zoo, storytelling and hands-on art workshops where they can create their own jazz-inspired artwork.
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