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DC Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Artists

Jazzed Magazine • News • February 10, 2017

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The DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), released its initial headliners. Musicians confirmed to date are an impressive array of GRAMMY award winners and nominees, including Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, Pat Metheny, Black Violin, Kenny Garrett, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Hiromi, Edmar Castañeda, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Mbowie and the Blast, and the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir.

The DC JazzFest, scheduled for June 9-18 with more than 125 performances in 40+ venues, will present an amazing array of emerging and master-level talent that includes more than 90 bands and 300 artists.

“This remarkable lineup exemplifies the richness and soulfulness of the genre, boasting a plethora of brilliant vocalists, and a bevy of strong strings as well,” said DC JazzFest artistic director Willard Jenkins. “We also continue our international collaborations and may have the largest number of women performing as band leaders and band members.”

“This year, it’s all about discovering the unexpected,” adds DC Jazz Festival executive director Sunny Sumter. “Expect jazz’s best vocalists, masterclass string instrumentalists and jazz musicians from all over the world taking over the district for ten days of incredible jazz.”

All ticket sale information can be found at Special pre-sale tickets are currently on sale for the Saturday and Sunday shows at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront, through 6/17 and Sun 6/18. Use Code “DCJAZZ” for $30.00 early bird price through February 16, 2017, a 37% savings over the $49 GA price.

Signature Events

Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhoodbegins with a free concert on Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm with two stellar vocalists: Lori Williams and Introducing Nigerian-Britishman of song, Ola Onabule. Artists scheduled to perform at ticketed events on Saturday, June 17 are GRAMMY-winners Robert Glasper Experiment, and the perennial poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett; along with rising starKandace Springs. Sunday, June 18 promises more spectacular music in the idyllic waterfront setting with the people’s choice and GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter, the exciting hip-hop group Black Violin, the 2016 DCJazzPrix winning band the New Century Jazz Quintet, and Korean sensation, pianist Youngjoo Song. The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards.

“The 2017 DC Jazz Festival brings the broadest, most-varied menu of jazz and jazz-extension offerings ever to the nation’s capital and Events DC is excited to continue as a presenting sponsor,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “It is a remarkable celebration that connects the diverse neighborhoods of the District of Columbia through the international language of jazz.”

“The Washington Post is proud to be the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest, an incredibly important event in our community that celebrates the cultural significance and impact of jazz,” said Kris Coratti, vice president of events and communications at The Washington Post.

As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the annual DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each year. Other DC JazzFest stages and programs include:

DC JazzFest at the Howard (June 9-18) marks an exciting new partnership with the historic Howard Theatre for four nights of exciting concerts including internationally recognized jazz legends Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Russell Malone and millennials Hiromi, Edmar Castañedaand more.

A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12). The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center in 2017, with An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock in a Concert Hall performance, in addition to free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods. This year’s Millennium Stage series, Bass-ically Yours, focuses on DC’s incredible wealth of bass playing bandleaders.

MBOWIE and the Blast presents YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN! at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, an explosive multi-media performance piece exploring themes of social justice directed by once in a generation artist Michael Bowie.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Jazz in the ‘Hoods takes place in 21+ neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. Events include the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists.Jazz in the ‘Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts, Sixth & I, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, New York University’s Abramson Auditorium, the Embassies of Korea and Spain, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, Capital Fringe, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe and other venues across DC.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 3-4) In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This free, family-friendly weekend event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!

For more information about the DC Jazz Festival, visit

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