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DC Jazz Festival and Sixth & I Celebrate Afro-Cuban Music with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Release Date
Thursday, April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 6, 2017 - The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce that Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will perform Saturday, June 10 at Sixth & I, as part of Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC. Aaron Myers, one of DC's most productive and socio-politically active musicians, brings his deeply soulful vocal stylings (reflecting his Texas roots) to the night as the opening act. Tickets.

Two-time Grammy nominee and four-time JUNO Award winner, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett is considered a national treasure in her native Canada, having been honored as an Officer of the Order of Canada (that country's highest civilian honor). Recognized for daring artistry and bold improvisation, Bunnett's music explores the fertile intersection of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, developed through 30 years of travels to the Caribbean nation.

Her exciting project, Maqueque, brings together professionally-trained Cuban musicians steeped in the Afro-Cuban tradition to form an all-female band for a wonderful fusion of Cuban soul with modern jazz.

"Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will undoubtedly be a standout show in a festival filled with amazing talent," said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. "One can easily see why Canadians consider her a national treasure, and with her Cuban band members, they demonstrate the universality of music.

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.

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, Jacob Collier and the perennial poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett; along with rising vocal 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 genre-busting Black Violin, the 2016 DCJazzPrix-winning band the New Century Jazz Quintet, the Korean sensation, pianist Youngjoo Song, and fast-emerging vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE. The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards. Tickets.

DC JazzFest at the Howard (June 10-19) will feature four nights of exciting concerts, including performances from globally recognized jazz masters and international artists. 


A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12) The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center in 2017, with An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcocki n 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.  


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. Tickets are currently on sale for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, performing on June 10, 8pm, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I Street NW). Tickets available through Sixth and I Box Office.

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!

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2017 DC Jazz Festival Artists

An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Gregory Porter

Robert Glasper Experiment

The Kenny Garrett Quintet

Jacob Collier

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo

Black Violin

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir

Mary Halvorson Octet

Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda Duo

Kandace Springs

Chano Domínguez

Ola Onabulé

New Century Jazz Quintet

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE

Princess Mhoon Dance Project

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Lori Williams

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

Lena Seikaly

Alison Crockett

Irene Jalenti

Tim Whalen Septet

Debora Petrina

Janelle Gill

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 Ensemble: 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 & Cinnamonstick

Reginald Cyntje Group

Leigh Pilzer

Jo-Go Project & Friends

Kendall Isadore

Slavic Soul Party: Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel

Donvonte McCoy Quartet

Harlem Gospel Choir

Aaron Myers

Brandee Younger

Christie Dashiell


Brian Settles

And more!

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The 2017 DC JazzFest is made possible with major contributions from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Events DC, The Yards, The Washington Post, Sage Communications, LCG Inc., Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, Capitol Riverfront BID, Renaissance Hotels, Destination DC, Capitol Riverfront BID, Coca-Cola, the Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Pepco, Wells Fargo, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Amtrak, CrossCurrents Foundation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, the NEA Foundation, BMI, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Venable Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Pillsbury, K&L Gates, Geico, Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, Michelle Galler, Leslie Whipkey, Meryl Chertoff, Roger Schagrin, Deborah Veney, Carmencita Whonder, Stephen Riddick, and our Circle of Friends. We are also grateful for in-kind media support from the following partners: WMATA, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Informer, The Georgetowner, Washington Parent, Downbeat, and WPFW.

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