Press Release: DC Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Annual DC JazzFest

September 13, 2020

Press Release: DC Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Annual DC JazzFest


DC Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Annual DC JazzFest

Danilo Perez, Marc Cary, Matthew Whitaker, Allyn Johnson and The String Queens are just a few of the first-class artists set to stream live from our Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON – August 13, 2020 — The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) today announced the full roster of performers for the 16th Annual DC JazzFest. This year's festival will be streamed live from our Nation's Capital from September 24th through 28th as we take our world-class jazz programming to the global stage for the very first time. The lineup features some of the biggest names in jazz, showcasing international superstars alongside some exciting, homegrown talent. Audience members can watch any of the 2020 #DCJazzFest performances for free on Gather by EventsDC, at or on Facebook.

This year's full 2020 DC JazzFest lineup includes:

Danilo Perez Trio with Ben Street & Adam Cruz • Frédéric Yonnet and The Band With No Name • Matthew Whitaker QuartetBaby Rose • Marc Cary BandAllyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary • Ben Williams Dado MoroniNasar Abadey TrioHerb ScottMaimouna Youssef • Jack Kilby & The Front Line • Cecily The Chuck Brown BandChristie Dashiell • Heart of the Ghost Giveton Gelin Quintet Allison AuHeidi Martin • ¡FIASCO! 

“DC JazzFest is proud to bring world-class jazz performances to the global stage in our 16th edition,” said DC Jazz Festival Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “Celebrating the real DC, performances will stream from neighborhoods across the city.”

Learn more about the artists and how to partake in this year's festivities here.

As part of the festival we will also be presenting the DCJazzPrix Finals, our annual competition that recognizes and supports jazz bands from around the world - happening Sunday, September 27th. ​The five finalists for 2020 are:

Camilla George DreamRoot EJB Quartet Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Mike Casey

Each band will compete at the DCJazzPrix Finals at the 16th Annual DC JazzFest at Union Stage at The Wharf. The response from DCJazzPrix's "virtual" audience will be a vital factor in the determination of the winner, and audience members will be vote on their favorite finalists to help crown a champion. Aside from gaining significant exposure, the winner will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize and will benefit from a yearlong association with DCJF to assist in their professional development. The winner will also have a future main stage performance at DC JazzFest as well as a NYC showcase opportunity at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

The DCJazzPrix prize is made possible by the generous support of Conrad Kenley and the Galena- Yorktown Foundation. Read more about the five finalists in advance of the competition.

For more information about the 2020 DC Jazz Fest, including schedule updates, please stay connected to the DC Jazz Festival at

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:

Media Contact:

Lydia Liebman, Publicist, 570.730.5279


DCJF Contacts:

Sunny Sumter, Executive Director, 202.800.8230


Matt Singer, Marketing Coordinator, 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.