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Willard Jenkins Named DC Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director

Willard Jenkins has long been an important voice in D.C. jazz in the most literal sense—he's a longtime announcing talent on jazz radio station WPFW. He's also been a major contributor to jazz journalism and arts presentation, as a consultant to both the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Smithsonian Institution. (His influence extends beyond the District, too: He's taught at Kent State University, is the coauthor of pianist Randy Weston's autobiography African Rhythms, and until earlier this year, was also artistic director of the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland.)

DC Jazz Festival Announces Headliners for 10th Anniversary Celebration

The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), will celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary June 24-29 with a diverse selection of renowned and emerging artists performing in exceptional venues across the nation’s capital. Locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists confirmed for the 2014 DCJF include dual Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Cyrus Chestnut, The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, Grammy nominee Snarky Puppy and The Brass-A-Holics, among numerous other outstanding artists.