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A New Face - Welcome Kimberly Homer

Kimberly Homer

Kimberly Homer is tasked to formulate DCJF’s marketing campaigns, transformative strategies and increase earned income. She works to attract new audiences to the genre and organization. Before joining DCJF, Kimberly worked for Avery Dennison on a top performance account that brought in more than $25 million dollars of annual revenue. She supported the team in evaluating key market opportunities, driving intelligent, creative sustainable solutions for the Under Armour sportswear account.

The French Connection

Jazz bassist performing

By Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director

As we continue to fill dates, and maneuver our way around the vast and delightful citywide jigsaw puzzle that will be our 15th annual DC JazzFest next June, more immediate events & presentations as part of our ongoing programming continue apace.  One of the most prominent components in DCJF’s year-round presenting profile is our Fishman Embassy Series. 

Chucho Valdes

Chucho Valdes' first recorded sessions as a leader took place in late January 1964 in the Areíto Studios of Havana (former Panart studios) owned by the newly formed EGREM.

Nasar Abadey

Drummer and composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader, and driving force of SUPERNOVA®, which performs music from the threshold of jazz to beyond space and time, expressing their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, modal, and free form. Based in Washington, DC, Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has recorded and performed with many national artists throughout his career.

Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.

In the spring of 2005, Dr. Arthur C. Dawkins retired from Howard University as a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Dawkins had directed Howard University Jazz Studies for 30 years. 

Professor Fred Irby lll

Fred Irby, III, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of Grambling State University (Louisiana) and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). As Professor of Music at Howard University in Washington, DC, Mr. Irby is the Coordinator of Instrumental music, trumpet instructor, and Director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE). He is also Principal Trumpet of the Kennedy Center Opera House Musical Theater Orchestra and has recorded several films for the History Channel.

Billy Hart

William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.