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DC Jazz Festival Offers Gratitude for Spectacular
15th Anniversary Celebration and Announces 2020 Dates!
Record Setting Crowds, Epic Performances
and Memorable Moments Are Highlights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JUNE 21, 2019 – The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) has just concluded a remarkable 15th anniversary celebration, welcoming a bounty of locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as a wide range of fans, to the nation’s capital for 10 days of live entertainment. From the sold-out opening ceremony to the closing night of unforgettable moments with Great Masters of Jazz, the 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC was marked by one stellar performance after another.

The Festival continues to grow in scope and in prominence, so fans are reminded to make plans now for the 2020 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, scheduled for June 12-20.
Over 170,000 patrons (crushing previous attendance records), 125 shows, 40 venues, 300 artists added up to one unforgettable Festival. Here are just some of the highlights:
Opening Ceremony featured DC’s own Sharón Clark, followed by a superb presentation by vibes master Stefon Harris & Blackout;

Clarinetist Anat Cohen’s brilliance in quartet at The Hamilton Live;
CapitalBop’s uncanny ability to bring groundbreaking artists: this time to an outdoor space in SW adjacent to Audi Field in Buzzard Point, with drummer Justin Brown’s NYEUSI, guitarist Miles Okazaki spinning Thelonious Monk solo, DC’s own Brent Birkhead, and beyond category vocalist Georgia Ann Muldrow;

The exquisite, thoroughly unique vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant achieving beautiful duet symmetry with pianist Fred Hersch at The Hamilton Live;
The heart-warming celebration of the great NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston at the Kennedy Center, performed by three of Randy’s longtime African Rhythms band and three completely disparate pianists… all influenced by Weston.

Trumpeter Etienne Charles Creole Soul party at City Winery with tunes spurred by incredible film footage of his folkloric exploration of Trinidadian Carnival traditions and rhythms;

Two nights at The Anthem highlighted by José James’ evolution from his very successful Bill Withers project into his next steps, opening for Snarky Puppy; and Jon Batiste & Stay Human’s seamless integration of bayou funk, straight ahead jazz, and New Orleans traditions, including a closing second line across The Anthem floor, to the balcony level, then outdoors into the The Wharf promenade – pure magic!

Two incredible days on four stages at The Wharf that broke all DC JazzFest attendance records with a diverse menu of artistry from across the globe including Joshua Redman, Michael Franks, Allyn Johnson, Joey Alexander, Tarus Mateen, Yannick Rieu, Olli Soikkeli, Girls In Airport, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Perhaps most amazing? All free; and

The full house finale, Great Masters of Jazz hosted by Nick Cannon , at the Kennedy Center celebrating Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Roy Hargrove, and DC’s own Fred Foss in grand style with performances by Justin Kauflin, Patti Austin, Kenny Garrett, Cassandra Wilson, Sharón Clark, Joshua Redman, and the Roy Hargrove Big Band.
Recognized by the 2019 JazzTimes magazine Critic’s Poll for excellence, as the largest and most distinct music festival in the region, the DC Jazz Fest presented by Events DC now reaches more than 170,000+ visitors of all ages.

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ABOUT THE DC JAZZ FESTIVAL: DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz; unifies diverse communities; advances jazz and music education with exciting and adventurous musical experiences; shines the spotlight on DC-based musicians; and highlights DC as a premier cultural destination. Our signature programs are the annual DC JazzFest, now in its 15th year, with 150 performances in 40 venues including our tribute concerts in partnership with The Kennedy Center; Jazz in the ‘Hoods with citywide partnerships in 20+ neighborhoods; DC JazzFest at The Wharf, our marquee weekend with free outdoor stages and The Anthem; the year-round DCJF Education in partnership with DC public and charter schools, and arts centers; the Charles Fishman Artist Embassy Series honoring our founder; and DCJazzPrix, an international band competition. The DC Jazz Festival won the 2018 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Industries. In 2015, The New York Times named DC JazzFest one of “50 Essential Summer Festivals.” For more information, visit dcjazzfest.org.

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