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DC Jazz Festival Launches New National Jazz Band Competition – DCJazzPrix

dcjazzprixThe DC Jazz Festival has just announced the launch of DCJazzPrix – a national jazz band competition – to recognize and support top rising jazz band talent. DCJazzPrix will provide a unique professional performance and adjudication platform for rising talent outside of the traditional academic or commercial competition arenas.

According to DC Jazz Festival Executive Director Sunny Sumter, “The event is designed to help launch and promote the careers of emerging exceptional jazz artists committed to sustained and creative band development and performance opportunities. DCJazzPrix is unique in that it aims to identify and showcase emerging and exceptional jazz band talent from across the U.S., bands that have yet to ‘scale-up’ to the visibility implied by a major jazz festival engagement”.”

Besides gaining tremendous exposure, the winner will also be awarded a $15,000 cash prize and a year-long association with DC Jazz Festival with extensive publicity, business support and career navigation services, and a main stage 2017 DC Jazz Festival paid engagement.

Once the application process closes in March, noted jurors will evaluate eligible applications based on artistic excellence and artistic merit. On April 15, 2016, three semi-finalists will be announced and invited to Washington, DC to participate in the DCJazzPrix finals in front of a main stage crowd at DC JazzFest at The Yards on Saturday, June 18.

DCJazzPrix is accepting applications from now until March 4 at 5 pm ET. For details, including eligibility, please visit: dcjazzprix.org.

DCJazzPrix is made possible by the generous support of the Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich and the Abramson Family Foundation

The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation; CrossCurrent Foundation, and with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2016 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

The DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest) announces its 2016 dates and major performance venues.

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Expanding an impressive event already deemed one of the summer’s top “50 Essential Festivals” by The New York Times – the 2016 DC Jazz Festival dates will be June 10-19, 2016, presenting DC’s best live jazz performances throughout the district.

The fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC JazzFest will include a June 13 return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Festival’s outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park returns for the third year – with an added third day of world-class jazz and extensions at the innovative Yards Park overlooking the Anacostia River. Returning this year is Jazz at Hamilton Live presented by the DC Jazz Festival and The Washington Post.

“The DC JazzFest epitomizes a district-wide cultural event, bringing great music to all four quadrants of our peerless international area,” said Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. “The depth of talent we’re able to present is truly remarkable, and underscores the breadth of the genre.”

“I am confident that this JazzFest will be one audiences will be talking about for a long time,” adds Executive Director, Sunny Sumter.

The DC Jazz Festival and The Washington Post Present Jazz at Hamilton Live (June 10-19) Jazz at Hamilton Live will feature seven nights of exciting, eclectic performances, including performances from internationally recognized pioneers and artists in the jazz community.

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present Jazz at The Yards (June 17-19) Jazz at Hamilton Live The Festival’s outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park returns for the third year – with a third day of performances added.

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present Jazz in the ‘Hoods (June 10-19) This series represents an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Jazz in the ‘Hoods takes place throughout the city, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists in an attempt to celebrate the genre. It has a tradition of attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. The series includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists, the East River JazzFest and a partnership with Transparent Productions. Jazz in the ‘Hoods performances will also be held at Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, THEARC, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, New York University’s Abramson Auditorium, the Embassy of France, UDC/Jazz Alive, and other venues across DC, including locations within the National Park Service.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Event, June 4-5) In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances in The Phillips Collection’s Music Room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This free, family-friendly 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 www.dcjazzfest.org.

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation and with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

More Information: http://dcjazzfest.org