DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2019 Artists Promising a Grand 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 20, 2018

DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2019 Artists Promising a Grand 15th Anniversary Celebration

Snarky Puppy, Michael Franks, Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Joey Alexander Trio, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Nat King Cole and Art Blakey Centennial Tributes, Randy Weston Celebration, and more - June 7-16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, November 15, 2018 – The DC Jazz Festival ® (DCJF), today announced its dates and an initial list of artists for the 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, June 7-16, including an exciting, stylistically diverse menu of top-tier jazz and jazz-informed heavyweights slated to perform in venues across the nation’s capital. Artists confirmed to date include a remarkably broad range of GRAMMY award-winners and nominees. These include perennial DC favorites Snarky Puppy, José James scintillating new Bill Withers Project, tenor sax titan Joshua Redman, singer-songwriter Michael Franks, poll-winning vibes master Stefon Harris & Blackout, the astonishing piano artistry of 14-year old Joey Alexander… and much more still to come, so stay tuned.

“This extraordinary lineup represents an incredible range of artistry, representing an array of jazz expressions, both classic & contemporary, as well as a broad representation of what we like to refer to as the International Language of Jazz.” said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

For 15 years, the DC JazzFest® presented by Events DC has been both a pillar in the communities of the culturally-diverse nation’s capital, attracting thousands of visitors from across the U.S., and a key contributor to the city’s economic growth. Last year alone, more than 82,000 people attended DC JazzFest, which included over 165 performances in approximately 42 venues across DC’s 68-square-miles, including DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, the marquee event.

“Each year, the DC JazzFest presented by Events DC curates an all-encompassing lineup of jazz and jazz-extension musicians, making it an indispensable contributor to the cultural diversity of our nation’s capital,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “Events DC is both proud to continue our partnership of more than a decade with the DC Jazz Festival and honored to be the presenting sponsor of its critically-acclaimed DC JazzFest, Jazz in the ‘Hoods, Charles Fishman Embassy Series, and DC JazzFest at The Wharf.”

DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, June 14-16, offers a distinct urban experience with vibrant restaurants, shops, entertainment, residences, hotels, the historic Fish Market, and public parks and piers. The waterfront neighborhood reestablishes Washington, DC as a waterfront city, and offers the ideal setting for a fully immersive DC JazzFest festival experience.

“The Washington Post has long been committed to preserving and promoting the D.C. region’s vibrant arts scene,” said Kris Coratti, vice president of events and communications at The Washington Post. “We are excited to return as the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at the Wharf, an important event showcasing our community’s best jazz artists, along with some national favorites.”

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“The DC Jazz Festival organization celebrated its biggest year yet in 2018, and we are pumped to take the festival experience to the next level,” states DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “The Wharf as a marquee destination provides music fans the best possible festival experience.”

For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and its programs, visit: dcjazzfest.org.


DC JazzFest at The Wharf Presented by Events DC (June 14-16) featuring four main stages. Artists will include: Snarky Puppy, Jose James, Michael Franks, Joshua Redman, 2018 DCJazzPrix emerging bands competition winner Cornerstore, the precocious pianist Joey Alexander (Indonesia), saxophonist Evan Harris (Australia)… and more to be announced.

DC JazzFest Tribute Concert at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall (June 16), in addition to 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.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 6-16) Jazz takes over the district in 27+ neighborhoods with presentations curated Jazz in The Hoods partners.

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.

About the DC Jazz Festival:  Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. DCJF presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area. Throughout the year, the DCJF nourishes the community with free music educational programs that extend our reach into underserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students.

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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, 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 Galena-Yorktown 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.