Diverse collection of artists underscore Festival’s range
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 15, 2019 — DC Jazz Festival (DCJF),the only city-wide jazz festival in the mid-Atlantic region , celebrates its 15th year with the renewal of two prized partnerships: The Hamilton Live, in the heart of downtown DC, and City Winery in the Ivy City neighborhood. Both venues, part of DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, offer an intimate live music experience coupled with their own distinctive culinary and beverage programs.
“Club and restaurant spaces remain essential purveyors of jazz artistry, as has been the case since the dawn of the music’s development,” said DC Jazz Festival artistic director Willard Jenkins. “City Winery and The Hamilton Live bring that vital component to DC JazzFest’s complete festival experience.”
The Hamilton Live kicks off the first weekend with the Anat Cohen Quartet (Friday, June 7), led by the amazing Israeli multi-reeds player (clarinet, soprano & tenor saxophones); and the celebrated Ethiopian pianist-accordionist-bandleader Hailu Mergia (Sunday, June 9), serving up African Jazz meets Afro-Pop, an essential evening for the DMV’s Ethiopian populace. Tickets for Anat Cohen on sale here. Tickets for Hailu Mergia on sale here.
City Winery kicks off their DC JazzFest dates with the compelling crossover sounds of SPAGA (Wednesday, June 12), the latest project from the fertile mind of pianist Aron Magner, leader of the wildly successful improvisational jam rock band Disco Biscuits. Trinidadian trumpeter, Etienne Charles Creole Soul brings his striking, island-proud, big fun-inspiring sounds on Thursday, June 13.Tickets for SPAGA on sale here. Tickets for Etienne Charles Creole Soul on sale here.
Recognized by the 2019 JazzTimes magazine Critic’s Poll for excellence, as the largest and most distinct music festival in the region, the DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC reaches more than 100,000+ visitors of all ages each year. In addition to The Hamilton Live and City Winery, other DC JazzFest stages & programs include:
DC JazzFest at The Wharf Presented by Events DC (June 14-16) featuring four main stages. Artists will include: Snarky Puppy, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Brass-A-Holics, Michael Franks, Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson, Joey Alexander Trio, Ralph Peterson & GenNext Big Band (honoring the Art Blakey Centennial), Sean Jones Dizzy Spellz, DCJazzPrix winning band Cornerstore, Tarus Mateen & Beyond Genre, and an international stage featuring saxophonist Olli Soikkeli (Finland), Evan Harris (Australia), Girls In Airports (Denmark), Witness Matlou Trio (South Africa), with more talent to be announced. Concerts on the District and Transit Piers are free to the public. Harlem Fine Arts Show on sale now here. Concerts at The Anthem are ticketed. Snarky Puppy on sale now here. Jon Batiste & Stay Human on sale here.
DC JazzFest Tribute Concert at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall (June 16), as well as free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods. This year’s Millennium Stage series June 9-16, The Nat King Cole Legacy, will feature singing piano players in the Cole tradition. Main concert to be announced soon.
Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 6-16). Jazz takes over the district in 27+ neighborhoods with presentations curated by Jazz in The Hoods partners. Artists and schedule to be announced soon.
Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 1-2). 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. Artists and schedule to be announced soon.
For more information about the 2019 DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC, including concert updates and ticketing information, stay connected to the DC Jazz festival at dcjazzfest.org.
About the DC Jazz Festival: DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz; unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences; advance jazz and music education with exciting, adventurous and diverse musical experiences for all ages and backgrounds; shine the spotlight on DC-based jazz musicians; and highlight DC as a premier cultural destination. Our signature programs are the annual DC JazzFest, now in its 15th year with 150 performances in 40 venues including Jazz in the Hoods and DC JazzFest at The Wharf; the year-round DCJF Music Education Program in partnership with DC public and charter schools; the Charlies Fishman Artist Embassy Series; and DCJazzPrix, an international band competition The DC Jazz Festival won the 2018 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence on Creative Industries. In 2015, The New York Times named DC JazzFest one of “50 Essential Summer Festivals.” For more information, visit dcjazzfest.org.
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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its 2019 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 Planning and Economic Development; and, in part, by major grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Galena-Yorktown Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, the NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and the Reva & David Logan Foundation. ©2019 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.
Presenting Sponsor: Events DC
Platinum Sponsors: The Washington Post, LCG, Inc, Sage Communications, The District Wharf