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The DC Jazz Festival was from June 9-18, 2017. We look forward to seeing you next year!

 


Thursday, June 1

SOLD OUT 5:00PM (PREVIEW EVENT) @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

PHILLIPS AFTER FIVE

Experience jazz at the Phillips in partnership with the DC Jazz Festival! Try out your musical talents at the instrument petting zoo and listen to Brazilian band Origem.

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Saturday, June 3

10:00AM - 5:00PM (PREVIEW EVENT) @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

JAZZ ‘N FAMILIES FUN DAYS
A fun family weekend with live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including vibrant galleries, art-making activities, an instrument petting zoo, interactive storytelling, a free film screening and much more! Featuring Janell Gill, David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel, Donato Soviero Trio, Donvonte McCoy Quartet, and John Lee Trio. Free entry

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Sunday, June 4

Noon - 7:00PM (PREVIEW EVENT) @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

JAZZ ‘N FAMILIES FUN DAYS

A fun family weekend with live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including vibrant galleries, art-making activities, an instrument petting zoo, interactive storytelling, a free film screening and much more! Featuring Lennie Robinson And mad Curious, Herb Scott and Cinnamonstix, Reginald Cyntje Group, Leigh Pilzer and Friends, Marshall Keys and the Soulful Path, Kendall Isadore Free entry

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Friday, June 9

8:00PM - 11:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

Kevin Cordt is leading his jazz quartet in Washington DC and touring with Last Train Home from Nashville and Spottiswoode and His Enemies from New York City. He has performed with Sandra Bernhard, Joan Osborne, Phil Lesh and Warren Haynes in New York and opened for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls, Nickel Creek, John Hiatt and many others. Late Night Jam til 1:00am

Free

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8:30PM (DOOR 7:00PM) (SOLD OUT) @ THE HOWARD THEATRE

DC JAZZFEST OPENING CEREMONY STARRING LALAH HATHAWAY

The DC Jazz Festival 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. 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.

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9:00PM (PREVIEW EVENT) @ RHIZOME

TRANSPARENT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

“If the music I compose provides one with a sense of beauty, inner peace and introspection then I am pleased” (Joe Daley)

JOESEPH DALEY, a long-time co-member of Cole’s Untempered Ensemble and 40-year member on the creative music scene, has worked with artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, and Charlie Haden, as well as other major artists like Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas.   An original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Daley’s Earth Tones Ensemble is a full Jazz orchestra.  Daley also leads his Ebony Brass Quintet.  Daley also plays euphonium & valve trombone.

Craig Harris, jazz trombonist and composer, is a major figure in the avant-garde movement since performing with Sun Ra in the late 70’s. Subsequently, Harris has worked with notable jazz artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Cecil Taylor, and Muhal Richard Abrams, among many others. Harris was profoundly influenced by mutli-reedist Makanda Ken McIntyre.

Robert Banks, is an accomplished guitarist, who has performed with Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, and many others.

Ticketed event. (Purchased on-site; $20.00)

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9:00PM (DOOR 8:30PM) (PREVIEW EVENT) @ THE FRIDGE

CAPITALBOP DC JAZZ LOFT SERIES
Christie Dashiell (9:00 p.m.)

Brandee Younger Trio (10:30 p.m.)

Harpist Brandee Younger is one of the most innovative young musicians in jazz. Her grooving, hazy music brings together a broad array of influences: from hip-hop and soul to Western classical music and famous jazz harpists like Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. With her trio, she will play a set of grooving, danceable music at the Fridge art gallery, near Eastern Market.
 
D.C.-based vocalist Christie Dashiell will open with a set of her own boundary-crossing original music, which has earned plaudits from Billboard.com and the Washington City Paper, which has twice named her D.C.'s jazz vocalist of the year. Both Younger and Dashiell were featured on the landmark Revive/Blue Note Records compilation Supreme Sonacy, Vol. 1.

Ticketed event.

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9:00PM & 11:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Abby Schaffer Quartet. Ticketed event.

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Saturday, June 10

2:00PM @ SMITHSONIAN ANACOSTIA MUSEUM

JAZZ IN THE HOODS EAST RIVER JAZZ
East River Jazz is presenting four performances of Jazz and Blues in communities along the Anacostia River in a series of performances in Anacostia, Uniontown, Benning and Kenilworth neighborhoods. Featuring Jazz From a African-Latin Perspective: Pepe Gonzalez Ensemble.

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7:30 PM @

WALLACE H. COULTER PERFORMANCE PLAZA – 1ST FLOOR

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA

INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES IN JAZZ: RHYTHM AND TRADITION
Standard Seat: $25 Table Seat: $40

(Table sears include one complimentary drink)

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8:00 – 11:00PM @ THE ALEX CRAFT COCKTAIL CELLAR & SPEAKEASY AT THE GRAHAM GEORGETOWN

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Lena Seikaly. Free, but registration is required.

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8:00PM - 11:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

Batida Diferente (A Different Beat) borrowed its name from the Durval Ferreira & Maurício Einhorn 60’s classic. A Jazz and Brazilian quartet of veteran DC-area performers, the band features originals, jazz classics with original lyrics and text settings, plus cool covers and fresh arrangements from off the beaten track. 

Free

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8:00PM @ SIXTH & I

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Ticketed event.

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8:00PM (Doors 7:00 PM) @ THE HOWARD THEATRE

DC JAZZFEST AT THE HOWARD THEATRE

Featuring Jazz Legends Double Feature: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band/Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo. Ticketed event.

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This will be an evening of true jazz mastery as we present NEA Jazz Masters Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band and Ron Carter in duo with guitarist Russell Malone.  In his 91st year the ageless drummer Roy Haynes certainly appears to be quaffing from the fountain of youth, which is also an apt name for his band of emerging young artists traveling the same rich tradition as Master Haynes.  Ron Carter is easily the most recorded bassist in recorded music history, and in this incarnation he engages in witty, resourceful, and supremely audience engaging conversation with one of our finest guitarists, the soulful Russell Malone.

 

8:00PM @ DANCE PLACE

DC JAZZFEST AT DANCE PLACE

DC Jazz Festival and Dance Place present acclaimed choreographer Princess Mhoon in the second installment of In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion, an evening of dance inspired by the rich tradition of jazz music and celebrating the John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie and the 100th anniversary of his birth. This Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Choreography in a musical will explore the history of America and the dichotomy and beauty of what has made our country a cultural treasure. 

Recognized by Huffington Post as on the 26 African American Choreographers You Should Know, you won't want to miss this evening of highly physical work driven by history, politics visual art and theater.

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8:30PM (Doors 8:00PM) @ TROPICALIA

CAPITALBOP DC JAZZ LOFT SERIES
Brian Settles (8:30 p.m.)

Mary Halvorson Octet (9:45 p.m.)

Mary Halvorson has the most distinctive guitar sound of anyone in jazz today: coiled, kinetic and engrossing, it has made her a leading figure on the jazz avant-garde. The New York Times called her "an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music," and "the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in" the past dozen years. She appears here with her octet, which last year released a celebrated first album, titled "Away With You."
 
Opening is D.C.'s own Brian Settles, an exploratory saxophonist with a rising national profile. Halvorson and Settles are both participants in today's vibrant experimental jazz scene, centered in Brooklyn, and they play in some of the same ensembles, including Tomas Fujiwara's The Hook Up and Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus.

Ticketed event.

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9:00PM & 11:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz. Ticketed event.

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10:00PM (Door 9:00PM) @ RUMBA CAFÉ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Miguel NuÑez (Cuban Jazz After Hours).

Free entry.

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Sunday, June 11

12:30PM @ THE HOWARD THEATRE

DC JAZZFEST AT THE HOWARD THEATRE
Featuring Brunch with the Harlem Gospel Choir. Ticketed event.

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The gospel brunch has become a Howard Theatre tradition, totally befitting its status as one of the historic palaces of African American culture. Join us as Harlem comes to the Howard via the joyous and uplifting sounds of the Harlem Gospel Choir, a program that once again reflects the DC Jazz Festival¹s diverse musical offerings.

 

1:00PM @ TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS
Featuring the Nicole Saphos Trio. Ticketed event.

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Relax on the beautiful grounds with sounds from a jazz trio featuring singer-bassist Nicole Saphos. Saphos has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and the Kimmel Center, and played with Terell Stafford, Joanna Pascale, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Sharon Clark, Chuck Redd, and Paul Carr. She's been featured in Washington City Paper and received the 2008 Essentially Ellington Competition's award for Exceptional Bass Soloist.

 

6:00PM @ JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MILLENIUM STAGE

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS:  BASS-ICALLY YOURS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Amy Shookl and the SR5tet. Free entry.

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7:00PM @  DANCE PLACE

DC JAZZFEST AT DANCE PLACE

DC Jazz Festival and Dance Place present acclaimed choreographer Princess Mhoon in the second installment of In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion, an evening of dance inspired by the rich tradition of jazz music and celebrating the John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie and the 100th anniversary of his birth. This Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Choreography in a musical will explore the history of America and the dichotomy and beauty of what has made our country a cultural treasure. 

Recognized by Huffington Post as on the 26 African American Choreographers You Should Know, you won't want to miss this evening of highly physical work driven by history, politics visual art and theater.

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Rick Alberico. Ticketed event.

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Monday, June 12

6:00PM @ JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MILLENIUM STAGE

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS:  BASS-ICALLY YOURS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring James King Band. Free entry.

 

7:00PM & 9:00PM @ ATLAS PAC

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Celebrate the centennial of the legendary pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, with new big band arrangements by Miho Hazama. Hazama conducts Brad Linde’s 17-piece ensemble through her take on Monk’s challenging melodies, harmonies and rhythms. Ticketed event.

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7:30PM @ JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - CONCERT HALL

A NIGHT AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
An Evening with Pat Metheny feat. Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh, and Gwilym Simcock. Ticketed event.

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Tuesday, June 13

8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM) @ THE HOWARD THEATRE

DC JAZZFEST AT THE HOWARD THEATRE
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital.

Featuring Hiromi & Edmar Castandeda Duo. Ticketed event.

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The kinetic pianist-keyboardist Hiromi, from Japan, and the singular approach to a seemingly unlikely instrument for improvisation of the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, is guaranteed to generate an unprecedented duo performance.  These two distinctive young artists, each of whom is carving out a unique niche in modern music, are guaranteed to raise the roof with yet another manifestation of The International Language of Jazz, an ongoing theme of the DC Jazz Festival.

 

8:00PM & 10:00PM @ LOGAN FRINGE ARTS SPACE

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring SUN RA ARKESTRA directed by Marshall Allen presented by Capital FringeTicketed event.

Also, Exhibition of Jazz Photographs and Paintings Presented by Bill Warrell and Michael Wilderman, AND YOU WERE THERE an exhibit of images of Jazz in DC by photographer Michael Wilderman, with paintings by Bill Warrell that were derived from Wilderman’s photographs, Now Through June 18.  Join us 1-4pm, Saturday and Sunday in action and bring the kids to add their touch to Bill Warrell's Sun Ra mural creation in process!! 

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY
 

Named 'Rising Star' by the Downbeat Critis Poll two years in a row, London-born, Halem based Anglo-Trinidadian jazz vocalist-composer Tessa Souter imbues a mix of jazz, stunning originals, and the occasional rock classic - U2, Cream and the Beatles - with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. 

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8:00 – 11:00PM @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Guitarist John Lee is blessed with astonishing facility, reflecting a wide range oinfluences, as evidenced by the broad spectrum of his affiliations, from Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista to Moroccan Gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, and trumpeter Christian Scott.  As a leader his John Lee Experience has accrued a dedicated following in the DC metro area.  John studied at The New School, learning from such masters as guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and David Fiuczynski, saxophonist George Garzone, and drummer Jamey Haddad.  Other professional affiliations have included Matisyahu, multi-instrumentalist David Amram, Malian drummer Baye Kouyate, and Malian Afropop diva Fatoumata Diawara.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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Wednesday, June 14

6:00PM @ JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MILLENNIUM STAGE

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS:  BASS-ICALLY YOURS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen. Free entry.

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7:00PM @ UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/JAZZLIVE

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring JAZZAlive at UDC: Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet. Free entry.

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ TWINZ JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Irene Jalenti. Ticketed event.

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY

Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, Charnett Moffett’s intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world.  Whether touring with his band or with his show-stopping solo bass project, Solo Bass Works, Charnett’s astounding virtuosity and heartfelt approach to performing have made him a favorite at jazz festivals worldwide.

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8:00PM – 11:00PM @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Guitarist John Lee is blessed with astonishing facility, reflecting a wide range oinfluences, as evidenced by the broad spectrum of his affiliations, from Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista to Moroccan Gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, and trumpeter Christian Scott.  As a leader his John Lee Experience has accrued a dedicated following in the DC metro area.  John studied at The New School, learning from such masters as guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and David Fiuczynski, saxophonist George Garzone, and drummer Jamey Haddad.  Other professional affiliations have included Matisyahu, multi-instrumentalist David Amram, Malian drummer Baye Kouyate, and Malian Afropop diva Fatoumata Diawara.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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8:00PM - 11:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

The Capitol Hill Jazz Jam is a weekly performance of live music, similar to an open mic, at the Historic Mr. Henry's Restaurant; that features an assortment of Jazz musicians typically from the DC/MD/VA area all performing together.

Free

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Thursday, June 15

7:00PM @ UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/JAZZALIVE

DCJAZZPRIX FINALS

DCJazzPrix, a national competition, now in its second year, was created to recognize the finest rising jazz band talent from across the U.S. The winning band is to be honored with a $15,000 award and receive pivotal professional development and visibility through a year-long association with DCJF. Free entry.

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Jeff Antonik & The Jazz Update. Ticketed event.

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8:00PM (SOLD OUT) & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-sellingalbums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.  Raised and schooled on the east coast of the USA, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent, travelled to Europe to further her studies. In 1990, through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Jim Tomlinson. 

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8:00 – 11:00PM @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

If you were stumbling through some music forest and happened upon a fairy who waved her magic wand and sprinkled a little blues, a little jazz, a little folk, a little Afro rhythm all along the path with her magic dust ... well, you've probably encountered Beat Fairy. And if that scenario sounds a bit farfetched, here's this for a tale ... A sunny little singer found herself performing in one African band after another: The Griot Street Band with Grammy-nominated Griot from Mali Cheick Hamala Diabate, The BuBu Gang with Sierra Leonean musical revolutionary Janka Nabay, and The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective with a powerful troupe of women led by Kristen Arant. The rhythms were infectious. The music took her back to the ground, the earth; her feet felt alive. She began to hear all music through the lens of these percussive sounds. And thus, joined by guitarist Rob Coltun, a band mate in several of these musical projects, she created The Beat Fairy. 

Beat Fairy embodies musical rediscovery. To uncover an old tune and rebirth it into a new groove founded upon ancient rhythms. Led by singer Sunny Jolie, the band swings into folk traditional, jazz standards, and whimsical originals with an undercurrent of Malian, Ghanaian, and Nigerian rhythms as well as modern vamping and electronic effects. This Afro-influenced band seeks to be a tapestry of sonic ideas woven together to create an earthier jazz, a folk blues, and a uniquely Beat-Fairy sound.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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8:00PM - 11:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

Throughout the Lionel Lyles Quintet’s 14 year existence, the group has seen many faces. Such great musicians as Craig Alston, Anthony “Blue” Jenkins, Dan Marcellus, Mark Prince, Theljon Allen, Joel Mills, Joel Holmes, Freddie Dunn, Oscar Passley, Michael Fitzhugh, Theous Jones, Romier Mendez, Percy White, Todd Simon, Darent Polk, James Johnson, and Brandon Moultrie. The band has entertained many stages in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, and California. Be on the lookout for The Lionel Lyles Quintet Late Night Jam til 1:00 AM.

Free

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Friday, June 16

5:00 10:00PM @ YARDS PARK

EVENTS DC PRESENTS: DC JAZZFEST AT THE YARDS
Back by Popular Demand: DCJazzFest at The Yards, JUNE 16th-18th. A three-day “blowout” where fans enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront overlooking the Anacostia River. Featuring Ola Onabule and Lori Williams. Free entry.

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5:00 – 9:00PM @ NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART SCULPTURE GARDEN

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Michael Thomas Quintet. Free entry.

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6:00PM @ JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MILLENNIUM STAGE

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS:  BASS-ICALLY YOURS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin. Free entry.

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6:00PM (Door 5:30PM) @ ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

FISHMAN EMBASSY SERIES

The Italian Cultural Institute of Washington DC, in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, invite you to attend the concert BeBlind, presenting Deborah Petrina.

BeBlind is the new album by Petrina, published by AlaBianca/Warner. In BeBlind Petrina focuses on her progress as a songwriter and composer, orchestrating a compact and cohesive opera in which pop-rock is declined in a personal way, putting together suggestions from psychedelia, funky, prog, electronics, classical and choral music; an intense and restless opera, often dark, whose expressive strength resides in the fusion of research and immediacy, density and semplicity. BeBlind is a provocative exhortation to be blind in the comprehension of a reality always more complex, both in the relationships mediated by tools/screens/barriers, and in the confused or distorted reading of the social and political events which determine our life. But it is also a possible escape route, a visionary blindness which allows to see beyond.

Petrina will present BeBlind in a unique and unreleased version, only for voice, piano and drums, at the DC Jazz Festival in Washington. She will present also Roses of the Day, the song published by Edition Peters with John Cage, and other pieces from the eponymous album, together with new songs she is currently writing. Singer, pianist, composer and dancer, Petrina represents an unicum in the Italian panorama, synthetizing in a visionary style her oblique and sensual songwriting with the experimentations of pop-rock, electronics, avant-guarde and jazz.

Registration required.

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8:00PM @ ATLAS PAC

 JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Slavic Soul Party brings their acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds, North American music, gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences together into a Balkan brass setting to create and re-imagine a classic recording, capturing the essence of the Ellington Orchestra’s timeless sound while offering new arrangements and a refreshing liveliness. 

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8:00PM (SOLD OUT) & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-sellingalbums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.  Raised and schooled on the east coast of the USA, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent, travelled to Europe to further her studies. In 1990, through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Jim Tomlinson. 

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8:30PM (Doors 8:00PM) @ NYU-DC

CAPITALBOP DC JAZZ LOFT SERIES
Reginald Cyntje Group (8:30 p.m.)

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir (10:00 p.m.)

Odean Pope is a living legend of Philadelphia's jazz scene, with a distinctive, quicksilver tenor saxophone sound that skates between gospel-inflected, straight-ahead jazz playing and unbounded expressionism. He founded the Saxophone Choir exactly 40 years ago, and CapitalBop is honored to present this storied ensemble in the final event of the 2017 DC Jazz Loft Series.
 
The first set will come from Reginald Cyntje, a remarkable trombonist and composer who has been called "one of the most prominent composer-bandleaders of the mid-Atlantic" by NPR Music. Pope's set will begin shortly after the close of DC JazzFest at the Yards' free, opening-night concert. Patrons of the Yards concert will be encouraged to attend Odean Pope's set after the outdoor show ends, and they will receive discounted admission to the CapitalBop concert (so long as it has not sold out). The performance of Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, presented in collaboration with Arts for Art, Inc. and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is supported, in part, by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

Ticketed event.

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8:00PM - 11:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

Saxophonist, composer, educator, and activist Elijah Jamal Balbed is a native of Washington, DC, currently splitting his time between DC and New York. An alumnus of Howard University's legendary Jazz program, Elijah has since  been named Artist of the Year (2016), Best Tenor Saxophonist (2013) and Best New Jazz Musician (2010) by the Washington City Paper, and has participated in residencies at the Kennedy Center (Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead), Strathmore, Bohemian Caverns, and a month-long stint at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar. Late Night Jam til 1:00 AM.

Free

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9:00PM & 11:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Tim Whalen Quintet. Ticketed event.

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9:30 – 12:30AM @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

The Irits teamed up a few short years ago with Miguel singing and playing guitar and Abdu playing the congas. They perform some of Bob Marley’s classic songs while making it their own.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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5:00 – 8:30PM @ NATIONAL SCULPTURE GARDEN - CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING INCLEMENT WEATHER (AS OF 6.16.17)

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Jazz in the Gardens, featuring the Michael Thomas Quintet.

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Saturday, June 17

SOLD OUT  12:00PM @ FORMER RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADORS OF SPAIN

FISHMAN EMBASSY SERIES
The Fishman Artist Embassy Series presents artists from across the globe in partnership with the foreign embassy community in our nation’s capital. Featuring the Chano Dominguez Trio. Free, but registration is required. Website

 

12:00PM – 2:00PM @ KREEGER MUSEUM (2401 Foxhall Road NW)

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
The Cowboys and Frenchmen are bringing their American folk and pop music, with components of comtemporary R&B, and modern jazz to Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by Events DC. They are some of the brightest rising stars on the New York Jazz scene, who were also recognized by the DC Jazz Festival in 2016 as a DCJazzPrix finalist. The group is co-led by saxophonist Owen Broder and Ethan Helm, with Chris Ziemba on the piano, Ethan O'Reilly on the bass, and Matt Honor on the drums.  The free concert will be held at the Kreeger Museum.  This museum is truly worth a visit.  former home of David Lloyd Kreeger and Carmen Kreeger. Designed in 1963 by Pritzker Prize winning architect Philip Johnson with Richard Foster, the Kreeger residence was built on five and a half wooded acres. The Kreegers were pillars of the Washington DC arts and cultural community, and their love of art, music and architecture resound throughout the building today. FREE. Register here

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2:00 – 10:00PM @ YARDS PARK

EVENTS DC PRESENTS: DC JAZZFEST AT THE YARDS
Back by Popular Demand: DCJazzFest at The Yards, JUNE 16th-18th. A three-day “blowout” where fans enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront overlooking the Anacostia River. Featuring Robert Glasper Experiment, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Kandace Springs, Jacob Collier, New Century Jazz Quintet. Ticketed event.

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6:00 – 8:30PM @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

At the tender age of 11, Nicole Saphos began playing music, choosing double bass over cello—“it was go big or go home,” she says, laughing—and continued to perform and study the instrument in formative music programs in school.  Upon graduating high school, she decided to study jazz bass at Temple University in Philly. Born in New Jersey, but raised in California, the move east was transformative for Saphos.  “It was a gamble to go to school there and study jazz bass,” she allows.  “But the scene was so intimate and supportive, it taught me so much about jazz.” Upon graduation, Saphos relocated to DC, attracted to its strong bass tradition, and began her professional musician career in earnest. To date, she’s performed at such venerated venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center, among others. Saphos has played with such esteemed artists as Terell Stafford, Joanna Pascale, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Sharon Clark, Chuck Redd, and Paul Carr. She has been featured in the Washington City Paper, and earned the Exceptional Bass Soloist Award from the Essentially Ellington Competition in 2008.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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8:00PM (SOLD OUT) & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-sellingalbums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.  Raised and schooled on the east coast of the USA, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent, travelled to Europe to further her studies. In 1990, through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Jim Tomlinson. 

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ MR. HENRY'S

LATE NIGHT JAM 

R&B singer Julia Nixon conquered Broadway’s Dreamgirls and won a Helen Hayes Award in the critically acclaimed Studio Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. In the ‘80s, the multiple Washington Area Music Association Wammie winner began leading the musical group Julia & Company. Now this local favorite with a voice like velvet brings her syrupy vocals to AMP for the first time with a repertoire of her favorite R&B and jazz songs, as well as a few surprises and brand new material.  Says The Washington Post: “Nixon’s rich contralto—sassy, spirited and sensuous— never fails.” Ticketed Event. 

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8:00  11:00PM @ THE ALEX CRAFT COCKTAIL CELLAR & SPEAKEASY AT THE GRAHAM GEORGETOWN, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Alison CrockettFree, but registration is required.

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9:00PM & 11:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Michael Thomas Quintet. Ticketed event.

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9:00PM – MIDNIGHT @ SOTTO

JAZZ IN THE 'HOODS

Phoenix Amor's angelic yet soulful voice made her a judge favorite on Season 4 of American Idol. She is a regular performer at Sotto and a crowd favorite.

Show is free, but requires dinner reservation.

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Sunday, June 18

2:00 – 9:30PM @ YARDS PARK

EVENTS DC PRESENTS: DC JAZZFEST AT THE YARDS
Back by Popular Demand: DCJazzFest at The Yards, JUNE 16th-18th. A three-day “blowout” where fans enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront overlooking the Anacostia River. Featuring Gregory Porter, Black Violin, Youngjoo Song Septet, Sarah Elizabeth Charles. Ticketed event.

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8:00 PM & 10:00PM @ TWINS JAZZ

JAZZ IN THE ‘HOODS
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Featuring Anthony Nelson Quartet. Ticketed event.

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8:00PM & 10:00PM @ BLUES ALLEY

DC JAZZ FEST @ BLUES ALLEY

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-sellingalbums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.  Raised and schooled on the east coast of the USA, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent, travelled to Europe to further her studies. In 1990, through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Jim Tomlinson. 

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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.