DC Jazz Festival (June 7-16) Adds New Orleans Vibe with Jon Batiste & Stay Human and Brass-a-Holics at The Anthem on Saturday, June 15

January 30, 2019

DC Jazz Festival (June 7-16) Adds New Orleans Vibe with Jon Batiste & Stay Human and Brass-a-Holics at The Anthem on Saturday, June 15

DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC provides true Jazz Takeoverwith sparkling display of artistry including Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman, JoséJames, Michael Franks, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joey Alexander, Cornerstore, Sean Jones, Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band, Tarus Mateen, Youth ensembles, International performers and more in closing weekend lineup!

Tickets for The Anthem shows on Sale Friday, February 1

WASHINGTON, DC – January 30, 2019 – DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), with the only city-wide jazz festival in the mid-Atlantic region, is proud to announce a second wave of outstanding artists to itsfinal weekend lineup for DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, with Jon Batiste & Stay Human and the Brass-A-Holics, set to perform at The Anthem on Saturday, June 15. The 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC dates are June 7-16. 

Also just announced for The Wharf are Jazz Messengers alum Ralph Peterson & GenNext Big Bandcelebrating the Art Blakey Centennial, a host of international artists on the International Jazz Stage, Sean Jones Dizzy Spellz, the 2018 DCJazzPrix winning band Cornerstore, Tarus Mateen, and some of the area's finest youth jazz ensembles. This second wave of stellar artists joinspreviously announced Snarky Puppy, Lean on Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers, tenor sax titan Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson, singer-songwriter Michael Franks, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science, poll-winning vibes master Stefon Harris & Blackout, and the astonishing piano artistry of 14-year old Joey Alexander.

TICKETS for The Anthem shows are on public sale FEBRUARY 1 through Ticketfly here.

Acclaimed pianist-vocalist Jon Batiste & Stay Human, seen nightly on network television as the music director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the scintillating Brass-A-Holics, both from the Crescent City, will bring the New Orleans party to The Anthem on Saturday, June 15. Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band will celebrate the Art Blakey Centennial at The Wharf on Sunday, June 16.

The 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC will celebrate 15 years with renowned artists in settings throughout the capital city with more stages to be announced. “The signature of any great festival is bringing together exceptional thematic ideas, honoring great historic traditions, introducing audiences to the next wave of artistry, and giving fans a great experience! We will certainly cover all those bases with our highly anticipated monumental 15th anniversary festival," said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. 

For 15 years, the DC JazzFest 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. Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to an accessible Southwest riverfront.

All ticket sales information may be found at dcjazzfest.org.


DC JazzFest at The Wharf Presented by Events DC (June 14-16) featuring four main stages. Artists will include: Snarky Puppy, Lean on Me: Jose 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), 2018 DCJazzPrix winning band Cornerstore, Tarus Mateen, and an International Jazz Stage featuring saxophonist Evan Harris (Australia), El Violin Latino (Luxembourg), Witness Matlou Trio (South Africa), with more talent to be announced.  Events on the District and Transit Piers are free to the public. Events at The Anthem are ticketed. Snarky Puppy on sale now here. Jon Batiste & Stay Human on sale February 1 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.