Saxophonist, composer, educator and music songwriter/producer, Antonio Parker is a native of Philadelphia. He is well-known for his dynamic, energetic, and virtuosic performances as well as his versatility in a variety of musical styles. His artistry is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but incorporates a wide spectrum of musical influences. He is a visionary artist who has been performing nationally and internationally for over 20 years.
The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announces two shows on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park— Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards— Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Tickets go on sale April 2 for the Saturday, June 13 show featuring an amazing lineup that includes multiple award-winner COMMON, Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, Nigerian Afrobeat sensation Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, and perennial DC favorite, saxophonist Marshall Keys.
Jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator Jessica Boykin-Settles began her musical journey at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the tutelage of Davey Y. Yarborough. She went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at The New School University in New York City where she had the opportunity to study with great musicians and jazz legends such as Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Cecil McBee, Arnie Lawrence, Buster Williams, Sheila Jordan, Janet Lawson and Teri Thornton.
Mikki "PNMA" Carlton attributes her love of music to the Saturday afternoon parties her parents threw at their home in the Trinidad community of Northeast DC. Born into a family of working musicians, Mikki began training in the performing arts many years ago under the tutelage of Cecilia Machado, notable Panamanian classical voice teacher and aunt.
Aqmeri Amen is no stranger to the arts world, having spent over 21 years studying various performing art forms, providing her with an extensive background, specifically in dance and music. She studied Music Business with a concentration in Classical Piano Performance at Howard University, under the direction of Dr. Raymond Jackson. During her 17 years of classical piano training, Amen has performed in various performance halls in the U.S. and internationally, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Nicholas Harris is Artisti Talent Buyer of the DC Jazz Festival. His company, Soul'd Out Productions, produces the annual Soul'd Out Festival in Portland, OR (2010 - present), is talent buyer for the New Orleans Jazz Fest by Night Series (2009 - present), and promotes both large scale and intimate concerts with nationally touring acts from Los Angeles up the coast to Seattle (2004 - present).
Kelly comes to the DC Jazz Festival after serving as the Development Director for The Lenox Library in Lenox, Massachusetts; famous for Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her responsibilities included major gifts, corporate sponsorships, annual appeals, and special events.
Willard Jenkins serves as Artistic Director of the DC Jazz Festival. A graduate of Kent State University, Willard has served in many capacities within the academic, arts, media and entertainment industries acting as a consultant, arts administrator, artistic director, writer, journalist, broadcaster, educator and oral historian.
Sunny Sumter is Executive Director of the DC Jazz Festival, a nonprofit service organization established in 2004 to present jazz-related cultural and educational programs in the nation’s capital. Its’ signature programs are the annual DC Jazz Festival and the year-round Roberta Flack Education Program. Prior to DC Jazz Festival, Sumter held management/director positions with the Aspen Institute, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.