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DC Jazz Festival Forges Auspicious Partnership With City Winery, DC’s Newest Home for Great Music

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 11, 2018 — The nation’s most diverse citywide jazz festival, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), is pleased to announce a new mainstage partnership with DC’s newest entertainment hotspot, City Winery, launching with the DC JazzFest’s Opening Ceremony on June 7.

Tia Fuller

When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, something amazing happens as the reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room.

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s, Sanders’ later music is guided by more graceful concerns.

Benito Gonzalez Quartet

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. 

Los Gallos Negros

Los Gallos Negros are a Washington, DC-based collective of musicians focused on preserving and promoting musical genres from Mexican and Latin American culture. From rural son jarocho to urban mariachi styles and contemporary Caribbean rhythms, Los Gallos are an eclectic musical ensemble working to make the modern more traditional and the traditional more modern. Members of the group hail from throughout the U.S., and all have strong roots in Mexico.

The String Queens

Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”,  The String Queens is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine!

With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.