DC Jazz Festival Takes the Stage This Week

And they say pigs don’t fly. The DC Jazz Festival, an annual arts highlight in the city, has gone and done it. Organizers have finally changed the verbiage on the festival homepage, or at least scrapped the old part they had up. And it also appears that for the second straight year the event is sporting a new website as well.

This statement was probably on the old site somewhere, but it still sums up the festivities pretty well:

Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. The festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area.

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Bohemian Caverns (ctj71081 via Flickr)

At a club near you: The festival’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods will see artists perform at some 40 venues in 20-plus neighborhoods across the city, including several shows at Bohemian Caverns (above) in Northwest’s U Street Corridor. (ctj71081 via Flickr)

Other than that “our nation’s singular original art form” line (really?), it’s a pretty good description of what the festival is all about: jazz, jazz and more jazz. And it’s coming to you from June 10 to 16.

On tap this year are more than 100 performers on what the festival considers its four main stages: DC JazzFest at The Hamilton Live, Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards, Jazz ’N Families Fun Days and Jazz in the ’Hoods, though obviously, multiple locations make up this last “stage.” Those familiar with Jazz ’N Families Fun Days will recognize that this stage is located at The Phillips Collection.

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Performers this year include The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman, the Charlie Hunter Trio, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Marshall Keys, and in what seems like a permanent residence, Paquito D’Rivera. Ticket prices are all over the place, from free to the $60 range.

Here is the full schedule. Corporate sponsors this year include Sage Communications, The Washington Post and The Yards. Many (if not most) of these venues are near a Metrorail station. So if you rent an apartment in the city – or not – and are in the mood for some saxophone, come out and enjoy this festival.

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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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