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DC Jazz Festival Announces New Additions to 10th Anniversary Celebration

Release Date
Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Crawdaddies to close out Capitol Riverfront extravaganza June 29

WASHINGTON – June 19, 2014 – The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announced today that The Crawdaddies have been added to the 2014 DCJF lineup, closing out the New-Orleans themed three-day blowout at the Capitol Riverfront June 27-29. The popular band that infuses Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots Rock and Reggae into groovy tunes will join the soul queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, and New Orleans brass band kings, The Rebirth Brass Band, on Sunday, June 29.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble has also been added to the Saturday, June 28 lineup at the Capitol Riverfront.

Additionally, the DCJF would like to recognize the D.C. Commission for awarding the festival with a major grant to support the EastRiver JazzFest Series, part of Jazz in the 'Hoods. In order to reach a greater number of residents in Wards 7 and 8, in 2012 the DCJF launched its East River JazzFest Series in partnership with jazz promoter Vernard Gray.

“It’s extremely important for us to preserve and further promote D.C.’s rich jazz legacy by providing enriching and entertaining experiences to diverse audiences,” said Vernard Gray.

The East River Jazz Festival helps the DCJF achieve its overarching goal of reaching the broadest possible audience through its jazz programming. This partnership has contributed to the festival’s ability to bring jazz to almost every District neighborhood through its Jazz in the ’Hoods initiative.

The East River JazzFest Series enables the festival to accomplish one of its public service goals to reach the city’s underserved, economically disadvantaged residents. Ward 7 and 8 residents have lower incomes than residents of other wards across the city. Additionally, there are fewer arts venues in these wards, resulting in fewer opportunities for residents to participate in the arts.

Capitol Riverfront Schedule: (Located at 355 Water St, SE)

June 27: Frédéric Yonnet, Akua Allrich – Gates open at 5 p.m. Free.

June 28: Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Robert Glasper Experiment, The Commodores, U.S. Navy Band – Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets.

June 29: Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas – Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets.

EastRiver JazzFest Series Schedule:

June 25: (Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place, SE)

Black Noize: A Marc Cary SE Dance Jam, 7 p.m., Tickets.

June 26: (THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE)

Marc Cary’s Retrospective Soul, 8 p.m., Tickets.

June 28: (Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Avenue, NW)

DC Triple Play: Past+Present+Future Clearwater Duo, Ronald Sutton, Jr. Quintet, Corcoran Holt Quartet, 4 p.m., Tickets.

Renaissance Hotels is the official hotel sponsor of the 2014 DCJF. For travel discount information, visit

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About the DC Jazz Festival: With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth, and celebrated its landmark 11th anniversary this year. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2015 DCJF will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and upcoming programs, visit

The DC Jazz Festival® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, NEA Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, New Music USA, and with a grant 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; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2015 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

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