DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial Lineup

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The DC Jazz Festival (DC JazzFest), has announced its initial list of artists set to perform at the 16th annual event, DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, June 12-21, 2020 in Washington, DC. The first round lineup includes: Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Cyrus Chestnut, Lakecia Benjamin, Pedrito Martinez, Eubanks-Evans-Experience, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, T.K. Blue, Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Warren Wolf, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Jamie Baum & Short Stories, Matthew Whitaker, Laurin Talese, The Washington Renaissance Orchestra, and many more domestic and international musicians yet to be announced.

“Our exceptional artist lineup – with more to come – represents a truly remarkable, extraordinarily diverse sampling of the immense stylistic diversity of jazz, including a new slate of what we like to refer to as the International Language of Jazz,” said DC JazzFest artistic director, Willard Jenkins. “In our 16th year we continue in our grand tradition of presenting a signature citywide festival – with programming taking place in more than 25 neighborhoods, much of it free of charge, at venues ranging from The Wharf, to the National Cathedral, to museum and community spaces, to vibrant clubs and restaurants across our nation’s capital.”

“The DC JazzFest has become a celebrated staple of our city’s cultural and entertainment life with more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the District, making it an indispensable contributor to the diversity of our nation’s capital,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer. “Events DC is 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. Through the festival, we look forward to activating our city and neighborhoods with great music and shining a spotlight on Washington, DC as not only a thriving music capital but a global cultural destination.”

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