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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Release Date
Monday, March 27, 2017
DC Jazz Festival eNews - Celebrating Jazz in our Nation's Capital
DC Jazz Festival

Sunny SumterSpringing Into June
From Sunny Sumter, Executive Director

The 2017 DC JazzFest is less than 90 days away and we couldn’t be more jazzed! We have a fantastic team of DC sponsors, venue and city partners, and staff assembled to blow the festival out of the water this year. Our artistic director, Willard Jenkins, had done an exceptional job of creating diverse offerings with something for everyone. Read more

Willard JenkinsThe Best Is Yet to Come
Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director

Life is definitely heating up here at the DCJF office! We’re energized and gratified by the very positive response from the community to our initial 2017 festival lineup, but we recognize the big prize: achieving robust audiences for our programs. Join in our excitement. As our chief festival ambassadors, please help us get the word out and ramp up the excitement for this year’s festival, which promises to be our best year yet! Read more

Ven conmigo guajira: Reflections on CubaVen conmigo guajira: Reflections on Cuba
Tiffany Nomakchteinsky, Education Intern

When I first heard of the news that I was going to travel to Cuba for a week as part of an international study tour with Pepperdine University, my mind was immediately directed to Cuban cigars, antique cars, and mojitos. Although all of these things were present on my week-long trip, they do not come close to describing what Cuba is and who the Cuban people really are. Read more

Join Circle of Friends!

We’re unifying our community through jazz, and rely on the generosity of our Circle of Friends to keep education programs going strong year-round.

Become part of the 2017 Festival’s success by joining our Circle of Friends today with a gift of $350 or more. By investing in Washington, DC’s #1 jazz festival, you support music education, and receive exclusive benefits, including tickets to DC JazzFest concerts and receptions, and invitations to year-round events. To learn more about our Circle of Friends, click here. To make a gift, click here. For further info, email Sunny Sumter, Executive Director.

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Our Platinum Sponsors

Events DCSage Communications

The YardsThe Washington Post

Our Gold Sponsors

Capitol RiverfrontLCG

Abramson Family FoundationDestination DC

The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald D. Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Mayo Charitable Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, Fowler Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ©2017 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

The Board of Directors
of DC Jazz Festival

Conrad D. Kenley

Peter M. Gillon
Vice Chair

Harriet Sanford, Treasurer

Ronald Abramson

Claude E. Bailey

Meryl J. Chertoff

Elliott Ferguson

Charles Fishman
Founder and Honorary
Life Chairman

Michelle Galler

David Gorodetski

Carrie Jenkins

William A. Kirk

Bob Marshall

Erik A. Moses

Stephen A. Riddick

Roger B. Schagrin

Sunny Sumter, Ex Officio,
Executive Director

Deborah Veney

Leslie Whipkey

Carmencita N.M. Whonder

Willard Jenkins
Artistic Director

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DC Jazz Festival Staff

Sunny Sumter
Executive Director

Willard Jenkins
Artistic Director

Karen Brooks
Executive Assistant

Rochelle Rice
Education Coordinator

Mikaela Carlton
Program Coordinator and Office Manager

Mark O’Reilly
Special Events and Marketing Coordinator

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