WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 12, 2017 — The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its return to the historic Howard Theatre in 2017, including the DC JazzFest’s Opening Ceremony on June 9 starring Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Tickets are now on sale.
“We’re thrilled to continue building on The Howard Theatre’s storied jazz legacy, which includes icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and many more,” said Chip Ellis, Howard Theatre Developer and principal. “We applaud DC JazzFest for their huge contribution to the jazz genre and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Hathaway, daughter of the legendary Donnie Hathaway and winner of five Grammys, including two this year (Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Angel" and Best R&B Album for Lalah Hathaway Live) is making her debut appearance at the DC Jazz Festival, but the seasoned performer has earned awards and accolades throughout her more than two decades as a recording artist.
“We are pleased to add Lalah Hathaway’s richly evocative voice to our Howard Theatre lineup, and the cornucopia of exceptional voices we’re featuring on our 2017 festival,” said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.
NEA Jazz Masters are also prominently featured this year at The Howard Theatre, on a Jazz Legends Double Feature of Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band & the Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo. Both Haynes and Carter are also recipients of DC Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rounding out the Howard’s stellar DCJF schedule are two young international artists, Hiromi and Edmar Castañeda, reflecting the festival’s ongoing theme of exploring the International Language of Jazz.
“The Howard Theatre has a wonderful music history, especially with jazz, and provides the perfect complement for DC JazzFest,” said Sunny Sumter, Executive Director for the DC Jazz Festival.
DC JazzFest at The Howard marks an exciting new partnership with the historic Howard Theatre for three nights of concerts featuring Lalah Hathaway, internationally-recognized jazz legends Roy Haynes, Ron Carter and Russell Malone, and millennials Hiromi and Edmar Castañeda. The schedule – with show times and ticket links – is as follows:
6/9 – Doors 7:30 pm/Show 8:30 pm: Lalah Hathaway
6/10 – Doors 6:00 pm/Show 7:00 pm: Jazz Legends Double Feature – Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band & Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo
6/13 – Doors 7:00 pm/Show 8:00 pm: Hiromi & Edmar Casteñeda Duo
As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each June with performances at Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC/Jazz Alive, Mr. Henry’s, and area clubs and restaurants. Other programs include:
Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
By popular demand, the concert stage is back on the boardwalk at Yards Park overlooking scenic views of the Anacostia River, and a diverse marketplace.
Fri June 16: Lori Williams and Ola Onabulé
Sat June 17: Robert Glasper Experiment, Jacob Collier, Kenny Garrett, Kandace Springs, New Century Jazz Quintet.
Sun, June 18: Gregory Porter, Black Violin, Youngjoo Song, Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE.
The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards. Tickets.
A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12.) The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center with An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock. Concert Hall Tickets.
Millennium Stage Series, Bass-ically Yours, includes DC's wealth of bass-playing bandleaders: the James King Band, Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen, Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance, Kris Funn's CornerStore, Amy Shook and the SR5tet, and Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin.
Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership in 21+ neighborhoods and 40+ partners including the CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series with boundary-breaking artists and East River Jazz. Venue partners include Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Embassy of Italy, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Logan Fringe Arts Space, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe, and Mr. Henry's, & others. Tickets currently on sale for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, performing June 10, 8pm, at Sixth & I (600 I Street NW). Tickets available through Sixth and I Box Office
Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Preview Weekend, June 3-4) at The Phillips Collection celebrates jazz and the visual arts with performances from DC's finest, storytelling, meet-the-artist, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!
2017 DC Jazz Festival Lineup
An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock
Robert Glasper Experiment
The Kenny Garrett Quintet
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Odean Pope Saxophone Choir
Mary Halvorson Octet
Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda Duo
New Century Jazz Quintet
Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE
Princess Mhoon Dance Project
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
The Trio of Bill Cole
Sun Ra Arkestra
Michael Thomas Quintet
Nasar Abadey with Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet
Youngjoo Song Septet
James King Band
Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen
Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance
Kris Funn's CornerStore
Amy Shook and the SR5tet
Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin
Cowboys and Frenchmen
Anthony Nelson Quartet
Miho Hazama with the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble: MONK at 100
Tim Whalen Septet
Rick Alberico Quartet
Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz
Jeff Antonik & The Jazz Update
Lennie Robinson & Mad Curious
Pepe Gonzalez Ensemble: Jazz From a African-Latin Perspective
Warren Wolf/Kris Funn Duo: Exploring Monk & Other Interesting Music
Charles Rahmat Woods Duo: Mystical Monk
The Tiya Ade' Ensemble: Remembering Lady Ella
Freddie Dunn Ensemble: Birks Works: The Music of Dizzy Gillespie
Hope Udobi Ensemble: Mad Monk
Donato Soviero Trio
John Lee Trio
Herb Scott Quartet
Reginald Cyntje Group
Leigh Pilzer & Friends
Slavic Soul Party: Duke Ellington's Far East Suite
David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel
Donvonte McCoy Quartet
Harlem Gospel Choir
2017 DCJAZZPRIX FINALISTS