DC Jazz Festival Announces Headliners for 10th Anniversary Celebration

January 23, 2014

DC Jazz Festival Announces Headliners for 10th Anniversary Celebration

Jazz Greats to Perform Across the Nation’s Capital June 24-29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 23, 2014 — The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), will celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary June 24-29 with a diverse selection of renowned and emerging artists performing in exceptional venues across the nation’s capital. Locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists confirmed for the 2014 DCJF include dual Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Cyrus Chestnut, The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, Grammy nominee Snarky Puppy and The Brass-A-Holics, among numerous other outstanding artists.

“We are ecstatic to have reached this milestone and are delighted to have attracted jazz lovers from around the world to enjoy our nation’s original art form in D.C. for ten years,” said Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the DCJF Board of Directors. “Our mission has always been to promote music integration in school curricula and to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts across the globe.”

As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the DCJF reaches more than 60,000 visitors of all ages each year.                                                                         

“This remarkable all-star lineup represents the best in jazz and exemplifies the richness and soulfulness of the genre,” said DCJF Artistic Director Charlie Fishman. “We couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off jazz in June and celebrate the past decade, which has been filled with unforgettable moments that have helped shape D.C. into the international jazz hub that it is today.”

Returning by popular demand is the showcase event from last year, now to be held at the Capitol Riverfront. Dubbed “DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: Jazz at the Riverfront,” the event features three days of cool jazz and top-notch performers.

2014 festival highlights include:

Jazz at the Hamilton Live (June 24-29), co-presented by The Washington Post, features six nights of exciting, eclectic performances. Performers include

acclaimed artists such as Snarky Puppy, Roy Hargrove, The Brass-A-Holics, Irma Thomas and The  

Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, among others.

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: Jazz at the Riverfront (June 27-29), is an exclusive three-day blowout where fans can enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Capitol Riverfront overlooking the Anacostia River; wine and beer tastings; chef demonstrations; and a marketplace. The event features jazz greats including Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with very special guests, vocalist Akua Allrich and harmonica virtuoso Frédéric Yonnet.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC (June 24-29) features more than 45 clubs, restaurants, museums and hotels all around the city. This includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking artists like Orrin Evans, and the East River Jazz Series. Performances will also be held at Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz and Renaissance Hotels, as well as Lowes Madison Hotel featuring Sharón Clark, and Sixth and I Historic Synagogue featuring Cyrus Chestnut.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Event, June 7-8), in partnership with the Phillips Collection, returns again to celebrate the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances in the Phillips Collection’s music room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and youth ensembles. The two-day free event will feature storytelling and an instrument petting zoo.

For more information visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

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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 www.dcjazzfest.org.

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.