In the earliest years of the DC Jazz Festival (back when it was still called the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival), Sunny Sumter was on the talent side of the event. Sumter is a longtime D.C. jazz singer who was well-known on the local scene throughout the '90s and into the 2000s. But she joined the administrative side of the festival a few years into its existence and quickly rose to become its executive director. On the eve of the DC Jazz Festival's 10th anniversary, I spoke with Sumter about the history of the festival, its mission, and its current configuration.
When you think of D.C.'s distinctive music, you think of go-go -- that intoxicating blend of drums and congas made famous by city icon Chuck Brown in the 1970s.
The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) recently announced that The Crawdaddieshave been added to the 2014 DCJF lineup, closing out the New-Orleans themed three-day blowout at the Capitol Riverfront June 27-29. The popular band that infuses Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots Rock and Reggae will join Irma Thomas and the Rebirth Brass Band on Sunday, June 29.
The DC Jazz Festival spans many venues, but the Hamilton is the closest thing it has to a home base. The venue’s first two shows of the festival featured high-energy, electrifying bands: The Brass-A-Holics (whose trombonist Winston Turner is pictured above) played on Tuesday, and Snarky Puppy on Wednesday.
Nobody knows how long the vacant lot at 945 Florida Avenue NW will remain in its current state — our guess is not too much longer — but for now, it's a valuable resource for a number of different endeavors.
The D.C. Jazz Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event is going to feature more than 125 performances in over 60 venues around D.C.
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In town tonight are clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and his ensemble, pianist Marc Cary, rock- and hip-hop-inflected quartet Butcher Brown, legendary drummer Ginger Baker, and saxophonists Braxton Cook and David Sanchez among many, many others. How do you choose?
Around the two hour mark of the Brass-A-Holics’ set at the Hamilton on June 24th, part of the Tenth Anniversary DC Jazz Festival, front man/trombone player Winston Turner grabbed his mic and roared to the energized crowd, “We don’t stop. We do this.” This statement, in so few words, perfectly captures everything that makes up the Brass-A-Holics Go-Go Brass Funk band and their live shows. Those in the audience knew how true these words were; the band did not take a single pause between songs until almost an hour and a half into the show.