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The DCJazz Festival Announces 2017 Dates and Major Performance Venues

Release Date
Thursday, December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON - December 15, 2016 - The DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest) has announced its 2017 dates and major performance venues, presenting a host of live jazz performances throughout the city from June 9-18, 2017. For the first time, Festival organizers are offering an early-bird pre-sale, detailed below.


The fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC JazzFest will include a June 12 return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Festival's outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park will again bring three days of world-class jazz and extensions to Yards Park overlooking the Anacostia River.


"The DC JazzFest epitomizes a district-wide cultural event, bringing great music to all four quadrants of our city," said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. "In 2017, we look forward to once again offering a tremendous festival that highlights the range of the music we call jazz." 


Events DC Presents: DCJazzFest at The Yards (June 16-18) The Festival's outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park returns with three days of performances. The series launches with a free Friday night lineup. A limited number of General Admission tickets will go on pre-sale to the public Thursday, December 15, through January 3, 2017 (or until sold out). With the main stage's return to the boardwalk, fans can take in the riverfront's spectacular view of top jazz acts.  A fabulous holiday gift idea for the music lovers on any list, tickets are available through 6/17  and Sun 6/18. Saturday, using Code: DCJAZZ. These tickets are $30 each, an incredible 37% savings over the $49 GA price when regular sales launch in early 2017. The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards.


Jazz in the 'Hoods: Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) This series represents an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in DCJF's celebration of jazz in our nation's capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods takes place throughout the city, presenting a mix of resident and nationally-recognized artists celebrating the genre. Jazz in the 'Hoods attracts a large, diverse audiences of DC residents and tourists.


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


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About DC Jazz Festival®(DCJF): With more than 125 performances in over 40 venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest 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. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC JazzFest 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 2017 DC JazzFest will take place June 9-18. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit

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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 J. Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 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 grant support 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 The City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2016 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.