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

September 14, 2020

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

DC Jazz Festival Announces Schedule For 16th Annual DC JazzFest

Five days, 20+ performances and the same unforgettable DC JazzFest experience, streaming live from our Nation's Capital, September 24-28

WASHINGTON – September 10, 2020: The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) today announced the performance schedule 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 at or on Facebook as well as view other special content on Gather by EventsDC.      DCJF Facebook 

Our friends located in DC, Maryland and Virginia can also register to watch the festival finale featuring Frédéric Yonnet and The Band With No Name live from the comfort of their own vehicles on the 60-foot Park Up DC big screen. This new drive-in movie experience presented by EventsDC will allow you to safely celebrate the end of the festival in style! Oh, and did we mention that if you use the promo code "DCJAZZFEST2020" at checkout you get to attend for FREEsave your spot today.

Park Up DC

“The 2020 DC JazzFest has an extraordinary lineup of emerging and master level artists, ranging from the traditional to the outward boundaries of the art form and its extensions, including international perspectives on jazz. Reacting substantively and vigorously to such amazing times with great artistry is what we’re about at DC JazzFest; please join us for what will be a rewarding five days of memorable sounds.” - Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director for DC Jazz Festival

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 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.

This year's full 2020 DC JazzFest schedule is as follows:


Thursday, September 24th

Friday, September 25th

Saturday, September 26th

Sunday, September 27th

2020 DCJazzPrix Finals

Monday, September 28th

Three ways to watch for free!      DCJF Facebook      Gather by EventsDC

Full replays of every performance available on the DCJF Youtube:


For more information about the 2020 DC Jazz Fest, including the full schedule, please stay connected to the DC Jazz Festival at Join us September 24-28 as we celebrate the real DC with jazz lovers from around the world!

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.