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DC Jazz Festival Returns to Historic Howard Theatre; Lalah Hathaway Headlines June 9 Opener

Lalah Hathaway
Release Date
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 12, 2017 — The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its return to the historic Howard Theatre in 2017, including the DC JazzFest’s Opening Ceremony on June 9 starring Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Tickets are now on sale.

“We’re thrilled to continue building on The Howard Theatre’s storied jazz legacy, which includes icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and many more,” said Chip Ellis, Howard Theatre Developer and principal. “We applaud DC JazzFest for their huge contribution to the jazz genre and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Hathaway, daughter of the legendary Donnie Hathaway and winner of five Grammys, including two this year (Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Angel" and Best R&B Album for Lalah Hathaway Live) is making her debut appearance at the DC Jazz Festival, but the seasoned performer has earned awards and accolades throughout her more than two decades as a recording artist.

“We are pleased to add Lalah Hathaway’s richly evocative voice to our Howard Theatre lineup, and the cornucopia of exceptional voices we’re featuring on our 2017 festival,” said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.   

NEA Jazz Masters are also prominently featured this year at The Howard Theatre, on a Jazz Legends Double Feature of Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band & the Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo. Both Haynes and Carter are also recipients of DC Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rounding out the Howard’s stellar DCJF schedule are two young international artists, Hiromi and Edmar Castañeda, reflecting the festival’s ongoing theme of exploring the International Language of Jazz.

“The Howard Theatre has a wonderful music history, especially with jazz, and provides the perfect complement for DC JazzFest,” said Sunny Sumter, Executive Director for the DC Jazz Festival.

DC JazzFest at The Howard marks an exciting new partnership with the historic Howard Theatre for three nights of concerts featuring Lalah Hathaway, internationally-recognized jazz legends Roy Haynes, Ron Carter and Russell Malone, and millennials Hiromi and Edmar Castañeda.  The schedule – with show times and ticket links – is as follows:

6/9 – Doors 7:30 pm/Show 8:30 pm:  Lalah Hathaway

6/10 – Doors 6:00 pm/Show 7:00 pm: Jazz Legends Double Feature – Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band & Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo

6/13 – Doors 7:00 pm/Show 8:00 pm: Hiromi & Edmar Casteñeda Duo


As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each June with performances at Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC/Jazz Alive, Mr. Henry’s, and area clubs and restaurants. Other programs include:


Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

By popular demand, the concert stage is back on the boardwalk at Yards Park overlooking scenic views of the Anacostia River, and a diverse marketplace.

Fri June 16:   Lori Williams and Ola Onabulé

Sat June 17:  Robert Glasper Experiment, Jacob Collier, Kenny Garrett, Kandace Springs, New Century Jazz Quintet.

Sun, June 18: Gregory Porter, Black Violin, Youngjoo Song, Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE.

The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards. Tickets.


A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12.) The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center with An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock.  Concert Hall Tickets.

Millennium Stage Series, Bass-ically Yours, includes DC's wealth of bass-playing bandleaders: the James King Band, Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen, Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance, Kris Funn's CornerStore, Amy Shook and the SR5tet, and Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin.


Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership in 21+ neighborhoods and 40+ partners including the CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series with boundary-breaking artists and East River Jazz. Venue partners include Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Embassy of Italy, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Logan Fringe Arts Space, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe, and Mr. Henry's, & others. Tickets currently on sale for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, performing June 10, 8pm, at Sixth & I (600 I Street NW). Tickets available through Sixth and I Box Office


Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Preview Weekend, June 3-4) at The Phillips Collection celebrates jazz and the visual arts with performances from DC's finest, storytelling, meet-the-artist, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!

2017 DC Jazz Festival Lineup

An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Lalah Hathaway

Gregory Porter

Robert Glasper Experiment

The Kenny Garrett Quintet

Jacob Collier

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo

Black Violin

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir

Mary Halvorson Octet

Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda Duo

Kandace Springs

Chano Domínguez

Ola Onabulé

New Century Jazz Quintet

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE

Princess Mhoon Dance Project

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Lori Williams

The Trio of Bill Cole

Sun Ra Arkestra

Michael Thomas Quintet

Nasar Abadey with Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet

Youngjoo Song Septet

James King Band

Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen

Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance

Kris Funn's CornerStore

Amy Shook and the SR5tet

Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin

Cowboys and Frenchmen

Anthony Nelson Quartet

Miho Hazama with the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble: MONK at 100

Lena Seikaly

Alison Crockett

Irene Jalenti

Tim Whalen Septet

Debora Petrina

Janelle Gill

Rick Alberico Quartet

Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz

Jeff Antonik & The Jazz Update

Lennie Robinson & Mad Curious

Pepe Gonzalez Ensemble: Jazz From a African-Latin Perspective

Warren Wolf/Kris Funn Duo: Exploring Monk & Other Interesting Music

Charles Rahmat Woods Duo: Mystical Monk

The Tiya Ade' Ensemble: Remembering Lady Ella

Freddie Dunn Ensemble: Birks Works: The Music of Dizzy Gillespie

Hope Udobi Ensemble: Mad Monk

Donato Soviero Trio

John Lee Trio

Herb Scott Quartet

Reginald Cyntje Group

Leigh Pilzer & Friends

Jo-Go Project

Kendall Isadore

Slavic Soul Party: Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel

Donvonte McCoy Quartet

Marshall Keys

Harlem Gospel Choir

Aaron Myers

Rochelle Rice

Brandee Younger

Christie Dashiell


Brian Settles


 And more!

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