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Michael Ventura

Michael Ventura is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is a senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Currently, he is a member of the school’s The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra, the school’s vocal jazz ensemble The Mellow Tones and The Concert Choir. Michael was born and raised in the Washington DC area and he is of Salvadoran descent. This talented musician was eleven years old when he began playing the saxophone and started performing with youth musical groups in the DMV.

DC JazzFest at City Winery

DC JazzFest at City Winery marks an exciting new partnership with DC’s most vibrant new venue for great live music with five nights of concerts featuring Frederic Yonnet, Patricia Barber Trio, Pharoah Sanders, Tia Fuller, the Baylor Project, A Tribute to Keter Betts featuring AIR Ben Williams, and Raul Midon.  The schedule – with show times and ticket links – is as follows:

Spring Newsletter 2018: Jazz is Our Guide

Jazz is at the forefront of our work in more ways than one. Here at the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), it’s both the art form we celebrate and the guiding principle of what we do. In 2018, this is truer than ever, as we improvise our way through DC's ever-expanding cultural economy, discovering new and exciting ways to feature the rich complexity of jazz in all its applications. Through engaging education programs, festival presentations, diverse concert settings, and inclusive panels and interviews, 2018 promises to be our best year yet!

DC Jazz Festival Adds Geri Allen Celebration, Terri Lyne Carrington, Terence Blanchard, and Delfeayo Marsalis to Artist Lineup!

WASHINGTON, DC – March 28, 2018 – DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), the only city-wide jazz festival in the nation’s capital region, is proud to announce the second wave of outstanding artists to its lineup including a Geri Allen Celebration directed by Terri Lyne Carrington at Sixth & I on June 14; Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective on June 10 and Delfeayo Marsalis on June 8 at The Hamilton Live!

DC Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Present Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

WASHINGTON, DC – March 15, 2018 – The DC Jazz Festival today announced its return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, for a stellar evening of Cuban piano mastery with Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Tickets go on sale March 15, 2018, 10 am, at:

Events DC Becomes the Presenting Sponsor of Annual DC JazzFest

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2018) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announced today that Events DC is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 DC JazzFest. The sponsorship expansion builds upon Events DC’s existing six-year relationship with the dynamic jazz nonprofit, reinforces the authority’s mission of leveraging the attraction of the nation’s capital with one-of-a-kind event experiences, and raises the profile of the District as a premier destination for jazz and jazz-extension.