Celebrate a Decade of Washington Jazz at the DC Jazz Festival

Well, I’ll give the DC Jazz Festival this, though things this year have changed (with what appears to be a new, better website), their About page still has the reliable …

With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation.

Hey, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

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And as this post’s title alludes to, this is no normal year, but a milestone, the festival’s 10th year of bringing world-class jazz to Washington, D.C., area fans.

Though the festival proper runs from June 24 to 29, there will be pre-events happening as well, particularly Jazz’n Families Fun Days at the Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle from June 7 to 8. This two-day soiree will feature 17 performances, including sets by Marshall Keys, Brian Settles and the Kenny Nunn Quartet. Best of all, Jazz’n Families Fun Days is free.

DC Jazz Festival

Take it outside: Performances will be held at some 30 different venues, including a three-day, multi-artist show at Capital Riverfront. (S Pakhrin via Flickr)

Venues spread across the city will be pumping out the riffs and fills. Just taking a look at their Events page shows there’s a plethora of artists and styles, featuring the likes of the Sin Miedo Salsa Orchestra, Allyn Johnson, Helen Sung with Tia Fuller, and Paquito D’Rivera, who, along with Trio Corrente, won a Grammy this year for Best Latin Jazz Album with “Song for Maura.” Rock fans out there, even legendary jazzy rock drummer Ginger Baker will be performing – at the Howard Theatre on June 27. I’m listening to Cream’s “Politician” as I write.

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Shows go from free all the way up to $80 for the high-end Ginger Baker tickets, with most seats likely falling in the $10-$35 range. When on the site, just click on the show you’re interested in; most of the time two clicks are all it takes to find ticket prices.

Main Stages this year include Jazz at the Hamilton Live, Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront and Jazz in the ’Hoods. You can also hear kids who’ve benefitted from the DC Jazz Festival Roberta Flack Education Program; a group from the program’s Jazzin’ at the Sitar will perform at the festival.

Sponsors this year include Events DC and The Washington Post. If you gotta jones for jazz and rent an apartment in the area (or are even just visiting), the DC Jazz Festival will be right up your fret board.

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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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