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DC Jazz Festival and The Phillips Collection Present Jazz 'n Families Fun Days

Release Date
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) and The Phillips Collection continue their partnership, hosting the highly popular annual Jazz 'n Families Fun Days on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. The free, weekend-long prelude to the 2017 DC Jazz Festival takes place at The Phillips Collection, and offers families enriching and enjoyable performances and activities that celebrate the synergy between jazz and the visual arts.

"We'll have some of the region's finest artists and rising stars performing in the Phillips Auditorium and to improvised pieces inspired by The Phillips Collection's intimate galleries, as well as fun-filled activities and a scavenger hunt to introduce children to the rich traditions of jazz and art," said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. "The Festival's partnership with The Phillips Collection allows us to provide an unforgettable jazz and art experience for parents and children alike."


Part of the annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, the two-day art-inspired celebration will feature musical performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising stars. The event also includes storytelling, an instrument petting zoo and hands-on workshops where families can create their own artwork surrounded by masterpieces from Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, and more.


Featured performances and activities include:


Saturday, June 3 - 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

11:00 AM        Gallery Talk

NOON             David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel

12:30pm          Gallery Talk (in Spanish)

1:00 PM          Janelle Gill

2:00 PM          The Donato Soviero Trio

3:00 PM          The Donvonte McCoy Quartet

3:30 PM          Interpreting Paintings into Jazz: Herman Burney

4:00 PM          The John Lee Trio


Sunday, June 4 - NOON until 7:00 PM


12:30 PM        Herb Scott Quartet

12:30 PM        Gallery Talk

1:00 PM          DC Jazz Bops! Stories and Music, Rochelle Rice

1:30 PM          Reginald Cyntje Group

2:00 PM          Interpreting Paintings into Jazz: David Schulman

2:30 PM          Kendall Isadore Trio

3:00 PM          DC Jazz Bops! Stories and Music, Rochelle Rice

3:30 PM          Lenny Robinson and MadCurious

4:30 PM          Leigh Pilzer Trio

5:30 PM          Marshall Keys and Soulful Path



All events are FREE at The Phillips Collection, located at 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.


The DC JazzFest prides itself in its citywide experience, serving all sectors of the DC community. Venues range from institutions - such as the Kennedy Center, Sixth & I and the Howard Theatre - to neighborhood churches, museums, community centers, schools, and libraries.


For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and a complete schedule of events, visit

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