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DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2019 Artists

Jazzed Magazine • News • November 28, 2018

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The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), has announced its dates and an initial list of artists for the 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, June 7 through 16. Artists confirmed to date include perennial DC favorites Snarky Puppy, José James’ scintillating new Bill Withers Project, tenor sax titan Joshua Redman, singer-songwriter Michael Franks, vibes master Stefon Harris & Blackout, and the astonishing piano artistry of 14-year old Joey Alexander.

“This extraordinary lineup represents an incredible range of artistry, representing an array of jazz expressions, both classic and contemporary, as well as a broad representation of what we like to refer to as the International Language of Jazz,” said DC JazzFest artistic director Willard Jenkins.

Last year alone, more than 82,000 people attended DC JazzFest, which included over 165 performances in approximately 42 venues across DC’s 68-square-miles, including DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, the marquee event.

“Each year, the DC JazzFest presented by Events DC curates an all-encompassing lineup of jazz and jazz-extension musicians, making it an indispensable contributor to the cultural diversity of our nation’s capital,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “Events DC is both proud to continue our partnership of more than a decade with the DC Jazz Festival and honored to be the presenting sponsor of its critically-acclaimed DC JazzFest, Jazz in the ‘Hoods, Charles Fishman Embassy Series, and DC JazzFest at The Wharf.”

DC JazzFest at The Wharf presented by Events DC, June 14 to 16, offers a distinct urban experience with vibrant restaurants, shops, entertainment, residences, hotels, the historic Fish Market, and public parks and piers. The waterfront neighborhood reestablishes Washington, DC as a waterfront city, and offers the ideal setting for a fully immersive DC JazzFest festival experience.

A special pre-sale lasts until Monday, December 31 at midnight. Use the code JAZZYVIP to purchase special discounted packages now through the holidays.

“The DC Jazz Festival organization celebrated its biggest year yet in 2018, and we are pumped to take the festival experience to the next level,” states DCJF executive director Sunny Sumter. “The Wharf as a marquee destination provides music fans the best possible festival experience.”

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