DC Jazz Festival Keeps It Strictly in the Groove

The Roots

Dig this: As of this writing, tickets are still available for The Roots’ show on Saturday, June 15. (eastscene via Flickr)

It’s that time of year for jazzheads and even the jazz-curious in the D.C. area, time for the DC Jazz Festival … from June 5 to 16 to be exact.

Some of the site copy, which I noted last year was hardly updated from the previous year (if at all), again hasn’t changed much, other than to let us know this time around that instead of merely 100 performances, there’ll be “more than 125” of them “in dozens of venues across the city.”

Now that’s a lot of jazz.

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In fact, it’s the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. While some things remain the same, the site has undergone a visual makeover.

There are a staggering number of artists taking part in the festival. Just take a look at them all, listed alphabetically. Not only that, but new this year is a tool to select by artist, date, neighborhood and venue. It really saves the Dupont Circle apartment renter some time to figure out where and when they want to enjoy their music.

Performing this year are The Roots (who double as the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”), who play at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf on June 15, with doors opening at 6 p.m.; songstress Hilary Kole, appearing at the Embassy of Turkey on June 10 at 7:30 p.m.; and jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, who’ll present Jazz Meets the Latin Classics, “an 11-piece all-star ensemble in arrangements and interpretations of works by great Latin composers” on Friday, June 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

There are other familiar festival features this year like Jazz in the ’Hoods and Jazz’n Families Fun Days. Read about them and more on the main stages page.

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As always, ticket prices vary by venue and performance. I’ve seen them as high as $87 (high-end seats for The Roots) and as low as a goose egg for Jazz’n Families Fun Days (all of these shows, taking place at the Phillips Collection, appear to be free). I think most are priced somewhere in between, like the $35 you’ll spend attending Jazz Meets the Latin Classics.

There are all types of sponsors for this thing, including The Washington Post, Sage Communications and Events DC.

Summertime in D.C. means many festivals, and this is a huge one. Check out a venue and see which Metrorail stop is nearby. Have fun.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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