“The 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!
I’m excited on a number of fronts for this year’s festival, not least of which is the diverse mix of artists and artistic expressions we have planned. Once again we will be literally covering our great city – presenting programs in all four quadrants, including some exciting new spaces we’ve added to the broad mix of venues that have become such a hallmark of the DC Jazz Festival. As you examine our schedule, think in terms of the many enticing sub-themes on our schedule:
Luminous Voices: the Grammy-winning Gregory Porter, the emerging voices of Grammy-winning British one-man-band sensation Jacob Collier, and rising star Kandace Spring, we introduce the Afro-Brit sensation Ola Onabule, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles to our audiences, and provide a platform to some of DC’s finest songbirds in Lori Williams and Lena Seikaly.
The International Language of Jazz: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (Cuba/Canada); Hiromi (Japan) & Edmar Castaneda (Colombia); Pat Metheny’s band includes (Academy Award-nominated composer) Antonio Sanchez (Mexico), Linda May Han Oh (Malaysia/Australia), and Gwilym Simcock (UK); the brilliant Flamenco-jazz pianist-composer Chano Dominguez (Spain); pianist-composer Youngjoo Song Septet (Korea); plus our array of Embassy collaborations.
Great Strings: Pat Metheny; Ron Carter (bass)-Russell Malone (guitar) Duo; Black Violin; Mary Halvorson (guitar) Octet; Edmar Castaneda (harp); and our bass-focused Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series “Bass-ically Yours” featuring DC’s incredible array of world-class bassists.
And much, much more… with still more to come! We are doin’ it in June! Please spread the word far & wide…