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From the Founder of the DC Jazz Festival

Release Date
Friday, June 2, 2017

Dear Jazz Lovers Everywhere,

I founded the DC Jazz Festival as I was surprised that there was no major jazz festival in the nation's capital, in the country where jazz was created. With the support of my family and friends, and donors who are jazz fans including the Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post, WJLA, the law firm Patton Boggs, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Sage Communications and the Government of the District of Columbia, we created what is now a world class festival. 


I encourage you to come enjoy the excellent music presented by wonderfully gifted, DC-based, nationally and internationally recognized talent.


The following are the "Founding Family Favorite Picks" for this year:

My PickJazz Legends Double Feature: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band/Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo , Saturday, June 10th, 7:00 PM, at the Howard Theatre


My wife's Stephanie's Pick:  Gregory Porter, Sunday, June 18th at DC JazzFest at Yards Park.  Gates: 2:00 PM


Our son Moses' Pick:  Jazz 'n Families Fun Days especially Jazz Drummer Lennie Robinson (and his teacher) , Saturday, June 3rd (10am-5pm) and Sunday June 4th (Noon-7:00pm) at The Phillips Collection


Enjoy the Festival!


Be Cool,

Charles Fishman


About Charles Fishman:

Charles Fishman is the Founder of the DC Jazz Festival. A Grammy Award-winning producer, he is also the founder and president of Charismic Productions, a Washington, DC-based production and consulting established in 1986. Fishman has been internationally recognized for his role as a Jazz producer, and has produced projects at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theatre, The National Mall, Place des Artes, Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Art, and other notable venues. Among his many accomplishments he has also produced nine audio recordings and five television programs that have aired on PBS, ABC, Bravo, the BBC and other international networks. He worked closely with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie as a personal manager, and producer. In 2008, Fishman was recognized as "one of the 50 men and women who have transformed Washington into one of the nation's liveliest centers for performing arts," by Washingtonian Magazine.


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