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DC Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Present: An Evening with Pat Metheny

Release Date
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 28, 2017 - The fastest rising jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its return to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, for An Evening with Pat Metheny w/Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 AM.


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." Joining the guitar legend this year will be his long-time drummer Antonio Sanchez, composer of the much-noted film score for the award-winning Birdman, bassist Linda Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock, one of the most exciting new pianists to emerge from the UK in many years.

"Pat Metheny represents our festival's commitment to presenting jazz mastery and we are very excited about this Kennedy Center evening," said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

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. Drummer Antonio Sanchez's score for the Oscar-winning Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman was nominated for a Golden Globe and a 2016 GRAMMY, as well as dozens of other prizes around the world.

"Pat has always been a master architect of guitar language," said Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center's artistic advisor for jazz. "His devotion has been at the meeting point between history and innovation.  In recent years, he has had a string of bands that focused on younger players, which showcases the very brightest musicians on the scene today."


DC Jazz Festival also returns to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with the Bass-ically Yours Series, focusing on DC's incredible wealth of bass-playing bandleaders including 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.


As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation's capital, the annual DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each year including Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC Jazz Alive, and area clubs and restaurants.


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Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood begins with a free concert on Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm with two stellar vocalists: Lori Williams and Introducing Nigerian-Britishman of song, Ola Onabulé. Artists scheduled to perform at ticketed events on Saturday, June 17 are GRAMMY-winners Robert Glasper Experiment, and the perennial poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett; along with rising star Kandace Springs. Sunday, June 18 promises more spectacular music in the idyllic waterfront setting with the People's Choice and GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter, the exciting hip-hop group Black Violin, the 2016 DCJazzPrix-winning band the New Century Jazz Quintet, and Korean sensation, pianist Youngjoo Song. 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 in 2017, for An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock in a Concert Hall performance, in addition to free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the 'Hoods. Concert Hall Tickets. This year's Millennium Stage series, Bass-ically Yours, focuses on DC's incredible wealth of bass-playing bandleaders including 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.


DC JazzFest at the Howard (June 9-13) marks an exciting new partnership with the historic Howard Theatre for four nights of exciting concerts including internationally recognized jazz legends Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Russell Malone and millennials Hiromi, Edmar Castañeda and more.

Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation's capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods takes place in 21+ neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. Events include the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists.Jazz in the 'Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, New York University's Abramson Auditorium, the Embassy of Korea, the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Capital Fringe, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe and other venues across DC.


Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 3-4) In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This free, family-friendly weekend event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!