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Events DC to Sponsor DC Jazz Festival

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 7, 2018

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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) have announced that Events DC will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 DC JazzFest. The sponsorship expansion builds upon Events DC’s existing six-year relationship with the dynamic jazz nonprofit, reinforces the authority’s mission of leveraging the attraction of the nation’s capital with one-of-a-kind event experiences, and raises the profile of the District as a premier destination for jazz and jazz-extension.

With more than 125 performances in 40-plus venues, featuring more than 300 artists, the DC JazzFest presented by Events DC is comprised of a variety of programming elements that are at the core of Events DC’s role within the city. Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC brings performances to more than 27 DC neighborhoods, providing concerts for residents near their homes. Events DC and DC JazzFest also work with the city’s robust diplomatic community through the Fishman Embassy Series to showcase a variety of international jazz musicians. The capstone concert weekend, Events DC presents DC Jazz Fest at The Wharf, provides the city with a unique musical showcase in the backdrop of the newest District hotspot at The Wharf.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of such a paramount event as DC JazzFest that recognizes and celebrates a quintessential American music genre that has the exceptional ability of uniting people from diverse backgrounds,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events at Events DC. “As the birthplace of Duke Ellington, Washington, DC has a rich jazz history and with our long-standing commitment to DC JazzFest, we’re excited to continue creating memorable experiences with the growth of this ten-day jazz takeover of the District.”

“This expansion of our partnership with Events DC provides a tremendous boost to our mission of presenting both internationally-renowned and emerging artists to diverse audiences in every quadrant of the city,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “We are also able to intensify our efforts to provide performance opportunities for the incredibly talented array of DC-based jazz musicians, and to offer free performances in a multitude of DC neighborhoods, including some in which residents might not otherwise have such an opportunity.”

The 2018 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC runs from June 8 through June 17.

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