DC Jazz Festival Concludes Groundbreaking 16th Annual DC JazzFest

September 30, 2020

DC Jazz Festival Concludes Groundbreaking 16th Annual DC JazzFest

DC Jazz Festival Concludes Groundbreaking 16th Annual DC JazzFest

Over 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch 20+ performances over five days, live from the Nation's Capital September 24-28


WASHINGTON D.C. - September 30, 2020 - On Monday, September 28th, the DC Jazz Festival wrapped up its 16th Edition of the Annual DC JazzFest. Over the course of five days, music lovers from all over the world tuned in to watch some of jazz’s biggest stars stream live from our Nation’s Capital. For the first time in its history, the DC JazzFest became an all-out global event, as viewers tuned in from all over the world. Over 200,000 viewers from Panama, Italy, Luxembourg, France, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, England, Colombia, Switzerland, South Africa and the United States tuned in to watch the festivities for free on Fans.com or on the DCJF Facebook. Other exclusive webisodes and interviews from the festival is also available to watch on Gather by EventsDC

The 16th Annual DC JazzFest was a free event with the option to donate to the DCJF Music Education Program, and donations are still being accepted. Re-watch every performance from this year's festival on the DCJF YouTube Channel.

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“DC JazzFest is an essential contributor to the cultural diversity of our nation’s capital,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, President and CEO of Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC. “We’re fortunate to have this global presentation and signature DC event as we highlight the city as a major and vibrant center for jazz to potential visitors all over the world.”

The 16th Annual DC JazzFest featured an expansive lineup made up of international jazz headliners and homegrown talent. The performers at this years’ festival included: Danilo Pérez Trio with Ben Street & Adam Cruz, Frédéric Yonnet and The Band With No Name, The Matthew Whitaker Quartet, Baby Rose, The Marc Cary Band, Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary, Ben Williams, Dado Moroni, Nasar Abadey Trio, Herb Scott, Maimouna Youssef, Jack Kilby & The Front Line, Cecily, The Chuck Brown Band, Christie Dashiell, Heart of the Ghost, The Giveton Gelin Quintet, Allison Au Quartet, ¡FIASCO! and Heidi Martin. The riveting performances took place at venues across the city with Frédéric Yonnet’s closing performance on at Park Up DC Monday evening a highlight. The festival can be rewatched in its entirety via the DC Jazz Festival YouTube Channel.

The 2020 DCJazzPrixTM Finals, the annual international jazz band competition held during the festival, took place on Sunday, September 27th. We are proud to announce that The EJB Quartet took home the grand prize of $15,000; a yearlong association with the DC JazzFest to assist in professional development; a main stage performance at next years’ festival and a future NYC showcase performance opportunity at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. “We are elated to have won the DCJazzPrix! After 5 years together as a band, this is the EJB Quartet's biggest accomplishment,” said saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, leader of the EJB Quartet. “As a band we are excited for these next steps and a year-long partnership with the DC Jazz Festival!” The DCJazzPrixTM prize is made possible by the generous support of Conrad Kenley, The Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Foundation and the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

For more information about the 2020 DC Jazz Fest, including please stay connected to the DC Jazz Festival at dcjazzfest.org.

Please reach out to the DC Jazz Festival media contact listed below with any press inquiries or requests for information, high-resolution photos or artist biographies.

About DC Jazz Festival: About the DC Jazz Festival: The DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz; unifies diverse communities; advances jazz and music education with exciting and adventurous musical experiences for backgrounds; shines the spotlight on DC-based musicians; and highlights DC as a premier cultural destination. Our signature programs are the annual DC JazzFest, now in its 16th year with 150 performances in 40 venues including our tribute concerts in partnership with The Kennedy Center; Jazz in the 'Hoods with citywide partnerships in 20+ neighborhoods; DC JazzFest at The Wharf, our marquee weekend with free outdoor stages and The Anthem; the year-round DCJF Education in partnership with DC public and charter schools, and arts centers; the Charles Fishman Artist Embassy Series honoring our founder; and DCJazzPrix, an international band competition. The DC Jazz Festival won the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence on Creative Industries. The New York Times named DC JazzFest one of "50 Essential Summer Festivals." For more information, visit: dcjazzfest.org.


Media Contact: 

Lydia Liebman, Publicist

lydia@lydialiebmanpromotions.com, 570.730.5279


DCJF Contacts: 

Sunny Sumter, Executive Director

sunny.sumter@dcjazzfest.org, 202.800.8230


Matt Singer, Marketing Coordinator

matt@dcjazzfest.org, 202.800.8230


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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its 2020 programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; 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, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, and The Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation. ©2020 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.