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DC Jazz Festival takes Over The Wharf This Summer

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The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), hosts of the only city-wide jazz celebration in the mid-Atlantic region, has announced an extraordinary set of artists for its’ DC JazzFest presented by Events DC finale weekend. DC JazzFest at The Wharf performances run Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 21 and include four featured stages, three free stages, and one ticketed indoor stage, all on the beautiful riverfront grounds of The Wharf, DC’s hottest new dining & entertainment hub.

Performances include poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett Quintet; the extraordinary Eubanks-Evans-Experience, featuring former Tonight Show bandleader guitarist Kevin Eubanks and prolific pianist-bandleader Orrin Evans; Alto Saxophone Summit: Bird Lives (featuring the alto madness of saxophonists Antonio Hart, Donald Harrison, and T.K. Blue with the Janelle Gill Trio); drummer-composer Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg); the explosive Afro-Cuban jazz & folkloric sounds of percussionist Pedrito Martinez Group; and a bevy of brilliant emerging artists like saxophonist Lakecia Benjamins Pursuance (honoring the John & Alice Coltrane legacy); flutist Jamie Baum & Short Stories; the remarkable pianist Matthew Whitaker (featured on CBS “60 Minutes”); and 7th annual Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition winning vocalist Laurin Talese. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will also honor one of the grand sounds of jazz history, the large ensemble or big band tradition courtesy of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, which will perform Duke Ellington’s “New Orleans Suite,” and the Washington Renaissance Orchestra.

The District is home to a vibrant community of foreign embassies, many of which DC JazzFest partners with year-round. DC JazzFest will once again highlight its “International Jazz” stage which will include master musicians such as pianist Dado Moroni (Italy), trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti (Switzerland), saxophonist Allison Au Quartet (Canada), and fast emerging artists Shabaka and The Ancestors (UK).

“Events DC is proud to continue our partnership of DC JazzFest at The Wharf,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer.  “As the presenting sponsor, Events DC looks 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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