DC Jazz Festival Back in the Swing This Week

2011 DC Jazz Festival

Big band: Members of the Berklee College of Music’s World Jazz Octet on stage at the Kennedy Center during last year’s jazz fest. (slasher-fun via Flickr)

We previewed it last year, and we’re going to again this year: the 2012 DC Jazz Festival.

This year’s festival – taking place June 1-10 – is three days shorter than last year’s, but that doesn’t make it any less jazzy.

The site copy, which probably hasn’t changed since last year, either (that I can tell, anyway), says:

With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation.

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The mission is of course to entertain and enrich through jazz programs, hitting the “broadest possible demographic.” Not being too terribly knowledgeable about the genre, I can bet there’s something for everyone, especially jazz fiends.

Jazz, like rock ’n’ roll, has its origins here in the States. (Yeah, yeah, all cultures steal and borrow from each other. Happy?)

Here is this year’s schedule of major events. There is tons of information on this site, and a good place to go for up-to-date information is the Press Room.

Among signature programs this year are Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center, Jazz in the ’Hoods, Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days at the Phillips Collection, Jazz at the Hamilton and Jazz at the Howard.

Performers at this year’s festival include Akua Allrich, the Randy Weston Trio, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Piquito D’Rivera and Pino Daniele.

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Here is ticket information for the major performances; I’ve seen them go from $25 to $65. As always, contact participating venues (there are nearly 50 in all) for specific show prices. The Jazz in the ’Hoods link breaks them down by neighborhood. As you can see, the festival is spread across all four city quadrants.

Sponsors this year include The Washington Post and ABC7.

You don’t have to rent an apartment in the city to attend festival events, but living in Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill or Adams Morgan would certainly make it easier. Find your next apartment with Apartment Showcase. 

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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