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DC Jazz Festival Forges Auspicious Partnership With City Winery, DC’s Newest Home for Great Music

Release Date
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 11, 2018 — The nation’s most diverse citywide jazz festival, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), is pleased to announce a new mainstage partnership with DC’s newest entertainment hotspot, City Winery, launching with the DC JazzFest’s Opening Ceremony on June 7. The stellar evening will feature the amazing harmonica master, Frederic Yonnet, with special guest Maimouna Youssef, and the Washington Renaissance Orchestra Octet, a very special unit of some of DC’s finest, under the musical direction of drummer- composer and 2018 DC Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nasar Abadey. Tickets are now on sale.

“DC JazzFest presented by Events DC is excited to launch the festival in Ivy City at the new City Winery,” said Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival Executive Director. “City Winery’s brand of combining a functioning winery with intimate concerts, special events and fine dining makes it the perfect opening experience for the DC JazzFest.”

Urban jazz harmonicist Frederic Yonnet, fresh off touring with renowned comic Dave Chappelle, makes his return to the DC Jazz Festival stage at the new DC City Winery nightspot. Yonnet has collaborated with Hall-of-Famer Stevie Wonder among his many fruitful affiliations, which run the stylistic gamut from Prince, India.Arie, and John Mayer to The National Symphony Orchestra. His amazing approach to the instrument with which many have dabbled but few have mastered, encompasses funk, rock, hip-hop, gospel, blues and jazz with an across-the- board appeal that will open DC JazzFest with high energy panache. City Winery is part of the 2018 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC.

“Frederic Yonnet is the kind of jazz-informed artist who delivers a brand of high energy and deeply masterful artistry that is a hallmark of DC JazzFest. We are very pleased to have him open our 2018 festival with the kind of seismic bang our audiences have come to expect,” said Willard Jenkins, DCJF Artistic Director. “We welcome City Winery to the DC JazzFest family and look forward to their incredible festival series.”

Frederic Yonnet kicks off City Winery’s auspicious DC JazzFest debut on June 7 (Tickets), followed by the Patricia Barber Trio on June 8 (Tickets), NEA Jazz Master Pharaoh Sanders on June 9 (Tickets), the punk-rockers of jazz, The Bad Plus on June 10 , (Tickets) the kinetic alto saxophonist Tia Fuller on June 11 (Tickets), two-time 2018 GRAMMY nominee The Baylor Project on June 12 (Tickets), a Tribute to Keter Betts featuring Ben Williams (Tickets) and the singing/guitar playing force of nature Raul Midon on June 14 (Tickets)


As the largest and most diverse music festival in the region, the annual DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC reaches more than 75,000+ visitors of all ages each year. DC JazzFest stages/programs include:

DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC featuring four main stages, June 16 and 17. Artists include: Leslie Odom Jr., R+R=Now (Robert Glasper SUPERGROUP), and Maceo Parker at The Anthem (Tickets on sale now); and Christian Scott aTunde, Gregoire Maret, Edmar Casteñada, Ben Williams and more at District Pier. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will also debut an “International Language of Jazz” stage.

The Kennedy Center and DC JazzFest present Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, June 15, in addition to free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC. This year’s Millennium Stage series, It’s a Family Affair, focuses on jazz families. Tickets.

The Hamilton Live Series: trombonist-bandleader and member of the first family of jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis (Friday, June 8), violinist Regina Carter: Simply Ella (Saturday June 9), poll-winning trumpeter, composer, film score, auteur, and bandleader, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Sunday, June 10), and vocalist-conceptualist Allan Harris (Tuesday, June 12), commemorating the centennial of The Genius of Eddie Jefferson, the master of vocalese.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC (June 8-17): Jazz takes over the district in 22+ neighborhoods with presentations curated by City Winery, The Hamilton Live, Blues Alley, CapitalBop D.C., and East River Jazz. Jazz in the ‘Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Hartke Theatre, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Sixth & I, Ivy City Smokehouse, JoJo’s Restaurant and Bar, Anacostia Arts Center, Mr. Henry’s, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, Kreeger Museum, Franklin Square, THEARC, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History Coulter Performance Plaza, Children’s National, Acadiana, The Phillips Collection, Westminster Church, The Brixton, Eighteenth Street Lounge, Seafarer’s Yacht Club, Anacostia Playhouse, We Act Studio, Atlas PAC, Pearl Street Warehouse, Union Stage, Asbury United Methodist and other venues across DC.

Charles Fishman Embassy Series presented by Events DC, sponsored by Linda and Michael Sonnenreich: Partners include the Embassy of Switzerland, Gregoire Maret-Edmar Castañeda Duo; Embassy of Japan; Embassy of France, Ancestral Memories; Embassy of Italy, Fabrizio Bosso 4Tet; Embassy of Korea, Jihye Lee Orchestra; Embassy of Denmark, Hess is More.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 2-3) In partnership with The Phillips Collection, the Jazz ‘n Families Fun Day weekend celebrates jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles.

For more information about the 2018 DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC, including performance dates and ticketing information, visit

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment; the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Planning and Development; and, in part, by major funding from the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, 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, John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. ©2018 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.  ​Additional major financial support provided by Conrad Kenley, Peter Gillon, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, Leslie S. Whipkey, Destination DC, Meryl Chertoff, Derrick Mashore, Stephen Riddick, K&L Gates, Brownstein Hyatt, Farber Schreck, Roger Schagrin, Deborah Veney and Heather Hiles, Carmencita Whonder, Michelle Galler and our Circle of Friends. The DC Jazz Festival is also grateful for in-kind media support from the following partners: The Washington Post, WMATA, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Informer, The Georgetowner, Washington Parent, and Downbeat.