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DC Jazz Festival Announces a Bounty of Free Programs!

Brazilian master songwriter Ivan Lins, Artist-In-Residence Ben Williams, pathfinding trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and a sizzling lineup of international artists headline free DC JazzFest program offerings June 8-17, 2018…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 2, 2018 — The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced a veritable feast of free-of-charge programs, including a stylistically diverse, international roster of first-class jazz artists, slated to perform at indoor and outdoor venues across DC. The free programming offers a wonderful complement to the stellar lineup of ticketed signature events, enhancing the overall festival experience.

The nation’s capital’s signature jazz event, DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, will once again present its wide array of renowned and resident artists in settings across the community, in all four quadrants of the city, in over 22 neighborhoods and 40+ venues. Once again DC JazzFest presents a veritable stylistic gamut of great jazz.

“Few festivals present the depth and breadth of free programming represented by our festival offerings,” said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. “These free programs include several artists making their DC debut, representing a diverse expression of the International Language of Jazz.”



Residents and visitors have the opportunity to catch live jazz performances at venues all across town, with the following exceptional offerings free of charge: 

Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Wharf, Saturday, June 16

Featuring four main stages 11:00am-7:00pm, free programming includes: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ivan Lins & Friends, Ben Williams “I Am a Man” project, AMP Trio + Tahira Clayton (2017 DC JazzPrix young bands competition winner), Rochelle Rice, Mark G. Meadows, Akua Allrich, Reginald Cyntje, Washington Jazz Arts Institute Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Academy Ensemble, Michael Ventura, Jose Andre Band, Batala, and the 2018 DCJazzPrix Finals (five bands!) at the Hyatt House.


Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Wharf, Sunday, June 17

Playing the District Pier and Transit Pier Stages, Noon-8:00pm, will be an unforgettable opportunity to experience the International Language of Jazz, including: trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso Quartet (Italy), harp masters Gregoire Maret (Switzerland) and Edmar Castañeda (Columbia), Hess Is More (Denmark), Ancestral Memories (Cuba/France), saxophonist Melissa Aldana (Chile), trombonist Reginald Cyntje (Virgin Islands), vocalist Rochelle Rice (UK), Jihye Lee Orchestra (Korea), and the amazing 12-year old keyboardist José Andre (Bolivia).


Jazz in The ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC: June 8-17

Our signature festival-within-a-festival, plays a variety of venues all across town, with several free performance opportunities on tap: Saturday, June 9, 6:00pm Groove Time Dance Party w/Greg Hatza Organization, Seafarer’s Yacht Club; Sunday, June 10, 3:00pm Beyond Genre Band w/Tamika Love Jones, Anacostia Arts Center; Monday, June 11, 7:00pm World Percussionist Tom Teasley, UDC Recital Hall; Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm Allyn Johnson & Meet the Artist on the Bandstand feat. Paul Carr, UDC Recital Hall; and 8:00pm-11:00pm Jazz Jam led by Herb Scott, Mr. Henry’s; Saturday, June 16, Noon: Kris Funn & Cornerstone, Kreeger Museum; Sunday, June 17, 3:00pm Freedom Jazz Dance – The Music of Eddie Harris w/Marshall Keys Soulful Path, Penn Hill.


Millennium Stage: It’s a Family Affair!: June 11-16 – 6:00pm

DC JazzFest’s annual Millennium Stage series will focus on the jazz family, including jazz spousal units, and siblings, featuring: June 11 (vocalist) Esther Williams & (saxophonist) Davey Yarborough; June 12 The Redd Brothers (Chuck, drums; Robert, piano); June 15 (vocalist) Christie Dashiell Quartet with (drummer) C.V. Dashiell lll; Veronneau w/Lynn Veronneau (voice) & Ken Avis (guitar) and special guest Dave Kline (violin); June 17 (vocalist) Jessica & (saxophonist) Brian Settles.


The Great Outdoors

Where better to enjoy great jazz on beautiful June afternoons & evenings than outdoors!  June 14, 12:30pm at Franklin Square Park: Samuel Prather & Groove Orchestra;

June 15, 5:30-8:30pm at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Michael Thomas Quintet; June 16, 3:00pm at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: A Soundtrack to the Struggle: Muses of the Movement featuring Ka’Ba Soul Singer Ensemble.




As the largest and most diverse music festival in the region, the annual DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC reaches more than 75,000+ visitors of all ages each year. DC JazzFest stages/programs include:


DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, featuring four main stages, June 16 and 17. Artists include: Leslie Odom Jr., R+R=Now (Robert Glasper Supergroup), and Maceo Parker at The Anthem (Tickets on sale now); and Christian Scott aTunde, Gregoire Maret, Edmar Casteñada, Ben Williams and more at District Pier. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will also debut an “International Language of Jazz” stage.


The Kennedy Center and DC JazzFest present Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, June 15, in addition to free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC. This year’s Millennium Stage series, It’s a Family Affair, focuses on jazz families. Tickets.

DC JazzFest at City Winery:  Urban jazz harmonicist Frederic Yonnet with special guest Maimouna Youssef, and the Washington Renaissance Orchestra Octet (June 7), Patricia Barber Trio (June 8), NEA Jazz Master Pharaoh Sanders (June 9 ), the punk-rockers of jazz, The Bad Plus (June 10), the kinetic alto saxophonist Tia Fuller (June 11), two-time 2018 GRAMMY nominee The Baylor Project (June 12), Homage to A Master: Keter Betts featuring Ben Williams, and the singing/guitar playing force of nature Raul Midon (June 14) Tickets.


The Hamilton Live Series: trombonist-bandleader and member of the first family of jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis (Friday, June 8), violinist Regina Carter: Simply Ella (Saturday June 9), poll-winning trumpeter, composer, film score, auteur, and bandleader, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Sunday, June 10), and vocalist-conceptualist Allan Harris (Tuesday, June 12), commemorating the centennial of The Genius of Eddie Jefferson, the master of vocalese. 


Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC (June 8-17): Jazz takes over the district in 22+ neighborhoods with presentations curated by City Winery, The Hamilton Live, Blues Alley, CapitalBop D.C., and East River Jazz. Jazz in the ‘Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Hartke Theatre, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Sixth & I, Ivy City Smokehouse, JoJo’s Restaurant and Bar, Anacostia Arts Center, Mr. Henry’s, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, Kreeger Museum, Franklin Square, THEARC, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History Coulter Performance Plaza, Children’s National, Acadiana, The Phillips Collection, Westminster Church, The Brixton, Eighteenth Street Lounge, Seafarer’s Yacht Club, Anacostia Playhouse, We Act Studio, Atlas PAC, Pearl Street Warehouse, Union Stage, Asbury United Methodist and other venues across DC.


Charles Fishman Embassy Series presented by Events DC, sponsored by Linda and Michael Sonnenreich: Partners include the Embassy of Switzerland, Gregoire Maret-Edmar Castañeda Duo; Embassy of France, Ancestral Memories; Embassy of Italy, Fabrizio Bosso 4Tet; Embassy of Korea, Jihye Lee Orchestra; Embassy of Denmark, Hess is More.


Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 2-3) 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.


For more information about the 2018 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, including performance dates and ticketing information, visit



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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, the 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 Economic Planning and Development; and, in part, by major funding from the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family 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.


Additional major financial support provided by Conrad Kenley, Peter Gillon, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, Leslie S. Whipkey, Destination DC, Meryl Chertoff, Derrick Mashore, Stephen Riddick, K&L Gates, Brownstein Hyatt, Farber Schreck, Roger Schagrin, Deborah Veney and Heather Hiles, Carmencita Whonder, Michelle Galler and our Circle of Friends.  The DC Jazz Festival is also grateful for in-kind media support from the following partners: The Washington Post, WMATA, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Informer, The Georgetowner, Washington Parent, and Downbeat.