Tickets

Listen to the 2017 DCJF Artists for Free on Spotify Now!

Meet the Artist

The DC Jazz Festival proudly presents our Meet the Artist series. Throughout the year, the Festival offers the DC jazz community opportunities to meet our artistic talents and engage them through exclusive question-and-answer sessions. Organized by the DC Jazz Festival's own Artistic Director, Willard Jenkins, Meet the Artist has presented many audiences since 2013, archived on this page.

Check below for our 2017 DC Jazz Fest Meet the Artist schedule, and be sure to note any sessions requiring a registration (link provided). 

 

 

2017 Meet the Artist Schedule

 


Artist:                        Amy Shook

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 11, 2017

Time:                         5:00PM

Venue:                       The Kennedy Center

Description:             Bassist Amy Shook shares her stories and insight during this Meet the Artist hosted by Willard Jenkins.

 


Artist:                        Pat Metheny

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 12, 2017

Time:                         3:30PM

Venue:                       NYU Washington, DC (Abramson Family Auditorium)

Description:             Pat Metheny makes his debut appearance at the DC Jazz Festival with a select group of musicians that he says “covers the widest range of everything I’ve done previously and… something beyond that.” Metheny has won an astounding 20 GRAMMY awards in 12 different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive GRAMMIES for seven consecutive albums. 

Registration is free. Click here to register!

 


Artist:                        Herman Burney

Interviewer:              Rochelle Rice

Date:                         June 15, 2017

Time:                         5:00PM

Venue:                       The Kennedy Center

Description:             DC's jewel bassist and educator, Herman Burney, has played with some of Jazz Music's brightest stars. This Meet the Artist is hosted by vocalist and composer, Rochelle Rice.

 


Artist:                        Ola Onabulé

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 15, 2017

Time:                         5:00PM

Venue:                       WPFW - Live at 5 (Radio Broadcast)

Description:             A charismatic and sophisticated entertainer possessing emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity accompanied by poignant storytelling. Those who already know Ola's work truly appreciate this wonderful performer and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries.

 


Artist:                            Kandace Springs

Interviewer:              Sunny Sumter

Date:                         June 17, 2017

Time:                         3:00PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              The 27-year old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. Instead Springs allows her comely to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz, and pop while transforminf those aforemention influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the Yards. Click here to register!

 


Artist:                        Jacob Collier

Interviewer:              Mark O'Reilly

Date:                         June 17, 2017

Time:                         5:00PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Trip-hop, Classical music, Brazilian music, Gospel, Soul and Improvisation (to name a few), which culminate to create the world of "Jacob Collier." With viral hits such as his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” Collier has gained a global following, and some of his greatest fans among the elite Jazz community include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6, to name a few.

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the Yards. Click here to register!


Artist:                       Robert Glasper

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 17, 2017

Time:                         6:00PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              The Robert Glasper Experiment has dominated jazz charts, winning R&B Grammy's, recording with everyone from Erykah Badu to Norah Jones to Snoop Dogg. Glasper has scored a Miles Davis film and has played keys from Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly to Anderson .Paak's Malibu. Currently, Robert Glass Experiment is collaborating on albums from Herbie Hancock, Common, and Mac Miller.

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the YardsClick here to register!

 


Artist:                       Kenny Garrett

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 16, 2017

Time:                         2:00PM

Venue:                       Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center

Description:              Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbar, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. 

Registration is free. Click here to register!

 


Artist:                       Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 18, 2017

Time:                         4:00PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released her debut record, "Red" in September of 2012 with her band SCOPE. Sarah's critically acclaimed sophomore project, "Inner Dialogue", features her band along with co-producer/special guest Christian Scott. She is currently working on her third album to be released in 2017.  

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the YardsClick here to register!

 


Artist:                       Gregory Porter

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                         June 18, 2017

Time:                         6:30PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              Jazz, soul, and gospel singer, songwriter, and actor Gregory has produced 4 albums since 2010. His third album, Liquid Spirit, was a huge success, scooping up the 2014 Grammy Award for best Jazz Vocal album and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all time with over 20 million listens. In 2016, Porter's own version of "Holding On", was recorded with electronic sensation, Disclosure.

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the YardsClick here to register!

 


Artist:                       Black Violin

Interviewer:              Sunny Sumter

Date:                         June 18, 2017

Time:                         7:30PM

Venue:                       DC JazzFest at the Yards

Description:              Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to SRO crowds. 

Registration is free, but requires a purchase of a ticket to DC JazzFest at the YardsClick here to register!

 


Meet the Artist Archive

 

Artist:                        Lenny White

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                          June 6, 2013

Time:                         6:00PM

Venue:                      The Hamilton Live

 


Artist:                        Edmar Castaneda

Interviewer:              Miyuki Williams (WPFW)

Date:                          Friday, June 12, 2015

Time:                         12:00PM

Venue:                      Abramson Family Auditorium, NYU (DC)

 


Artist:                        NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette

Interviewer:              Bill Brower

Date:                          Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time:                         12:00PM

Venue:                      Abramson Family Auditorium, NYU (DC)

 


 

Artist:                        Billy Hart

Interviewer:              Nasar Abadey

Date:                          Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time:                         3:00PM

Venue:                      Sixth & I

 


Artist:                        The Cookers

Interviewer:              Ellen Carter (WPFW)

Date:                          Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time:                         post-concert

Venue:                      Sixth & I

 


Artist:                        Patti Austin

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                          Friday, November 7, 2015

Time:                         Noon

Venue:                      Howard University (Childers Hall)

 


Artist:                        Cecile McLorin Salvant

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                          Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time:                         post-performance

Venue:                      Yards Park

 


Artist:                        NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri

Interviewer:              Jim Byers (WPFW)

Date:                          Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time:                         pre-performance

Venue:                      Yards Park

 


Artist:                        Igmar Thomas & Meghan Stabile/Revive Music

Interviewer:              Kimberley Washington

Date:                          Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time:                         post-performance

Venue:                      Yards Park

 


Artist:                        Kamasi Washington

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                          Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time:                         pre-performance

Venue:                      Yards Park

 


Artist:                        Jason Moran

Interviewer:              Willard Jenkins

Date:                          Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time:                         1:30PM

Venue:                      Abramson Family Auditorium, NYU (DC)

 


 

For more information, call toll free at 855-332-7767

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 Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Mayo Charitable Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation; and with awards 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.

 © 2017 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.