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DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2016 Headliners for Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards

Release Date
Wednesday, March 2, 2016


DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2016 Headliners for Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards


Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kamasi Washington, Eddie Palmieri, Revive Big Band project Among Musical Luminaries Set to Perform on Capitol Riverfront; Tickets on Sale March 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 2, 2016 - The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), today announced the performers and schedule for Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards - the DC JazzFest's annual outdoor showcase at The Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront. The event features a weekend of cool music and first-class artists in a gorgeous, family-friendly setting, June 17-19. Tickets go on sale March 14.


DC JazzFest, scheduled June 10-19, with more than 125 performances in 40+ venues, will announce the complete 2016 lineup in the coming weeks, with an amazing array of emerging and master-level talent that includes more than 90 bands and 300 artists!


"DC JazzFest has become an event that residents and visitors from around the world circle on their calendar each year," stated Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, Sports & Entertainment. "The lineup that DCJF has secured for the 2016 Events DC presents: DC Jazz Fest at The Yards will be the most eclectic group of top performers to date."


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Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards on the Capitol Riverfront begins with a free show on Friday, June 17 at 5:00 pm, featuring the scintillating DC-based Brazilian vocalist Cissa Paz and Introducing Sharel Cassity & Elektra.


The acclaimed artists scheduled to perform on Saturday, June 18 are 2016 GRAMMY winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, cited for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for her album For One To Love; DC's legendary The Chuck Brown Band, and GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, band leader, composer and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet. The afternoon will commence with performances from the three finalists of DCJazzPrix™, DC JazzFest's exciting new jazz band competition, all eager to capture the first place cash prize and a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival.


Adding a third date at The Yards this year, Sunday, June 19, promises more spectacular music in the idyllic waterfront setting beginning with DC's own, saxophonist Fred Foss presenting a Tribute to NEA Jazz Master Jackie McLean; drummer, composer and bandleader E.J. Strickland takes the stage for Introducing E.J. Strickland & Transient BeingsIgmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band featuring singer/songwriter Bilal, hip hop artist Talib Kweliand saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of the legendary John Coltrane; and concluding with the year's most widely-discussed jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Kamasi Washington, a central figure in the Los Angeles jazz scene who has toured for over a decade with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg. Kamasi's profile grew exponentially with his collaboration on Kendrick Lamar's universally praised, Grammy-winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. Kamasi moved into his own spotlight with the 2015 release of his acclaimed album The Epic, which landed on a multitude of Best Records of 2015 lists.


"Celebrating the international language of jazz, the 2016 DC Jazz Festival represents our broadest, most varied menu of jazz and jazz extensions offerings ever!" said Willard Jenkins, DC JazzFest Artistic Director.


Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows will be $45 and go on sale March 14, at noon.


As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation's capital, the annual DC JazzFest reaches more than 60,000+ visitors of all ages each year.


2016 DC JazzFest highlights and primary venues include:


The DC Jazz Festival and The Washington Post Present Jazz at Hamilton LiveJazz at Hamilton Live will feature seven nights of sizzling, eclectic performances, including performances from internationally recognized pioneers and artists in the jazz community.


DC Jazz Festival and Events DC PresentThe Festival's outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park returns for the third year - including a new third day of performances. This series represents an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation's capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods takes place throughout the city, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists in an attempt to celebrate the genre. It has a tradition of attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. The series includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists, the East River JazzFest and a partnership with Transparent Productions.Jazz in the 'Hoods performances will also be held at Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, THEARC, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, Westminster Church, New York University's Abramson Auditorium, the Embassy of France, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Portugal, UDC/Jazz Alive, and other venues across DC.


A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 13). The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center in 2016, adding a ticketed Concert Hall performance to the free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the 'Hoods.


Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Prelude Event, June 4-5). In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances in The Phillips Collection's Music Room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This free, family-friendly event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation and with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2016 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.