DC Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Festival in nation’s capitol on June 2-13 to include performances by Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Paquito D’Rivera and Poncho Sanchez

The DC Jazz Festival, formerly known at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, has announced its lineup for the 13-day event taking place in June in the nation’s capitol. The festival includes concerts at various venues throughout the city, including the Kennedy Center, Lisner Hall, Carter-Barron Amphitheater, Lincoln Theater, Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art.

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Among the headliners are Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Roberta Gambarini, Paquito D’Rivera, James Moody, Poncho Sanchez and Eddie Palmieri. D’Rivera in particular has had a long association with the festival and is currently its artistic director. The festival is directed by jazz impresario Charlie Fishman, who has made a commitment to providing a range of educational and outreach programs, including the Jazz in the Hoods series, which brings jazz performances to various smaller venues throughout the city. In addition, many of the artists will conduct master classes and workshops at area schools and community centers.

For more information about the festival, go to the DC Jazz Festival web site.

Here is a complete schedule of events:

June 1-2: Jazz on the Potomac Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
June 1-13: Jazz in the ‘Hoods: Over 80 shows in 30+ clubs, restaurants, and hotels
June 3: Jazz at the Smithsonian American Art Museum featuring saxophonist Marshall Keys
June 3: Phillips After Five featuring pianist Janelle Gill at The Phillips Collection
June 4: Jazz at the Garden (National Gallery of Art) featuring the Berklee World Jazz Nonet
June 5-6: Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days – co-presented with and at The Phillips Collection featuring jazz artists George V. Johnson, Janelle Gill, Victor Provost, DC Jazz Collaborative, Brad Linde, and others.
June 8: Rising Star concert at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue, “A Tribute to Oscar Peterson featuring pianist Marian Petrescu with Special Guest guitarist Andreas Öberg”
June 9: Rising Star concert at the DC Jewish Community Center featuring saxophonist Uri Gurvich
June 10: NEA Jazz Masters Live Concert at The Lincoln Theatre; an all-star tribute to NEA Jazz Masters James Moody and Kenny Barron with Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Paquito D’Rivera, Regina Carter and other guest artists.
June 11: Jazz at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre featuring Poncho Sanchez & jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda;
June 12: Jazz at the Lisner: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band, Claudio Roditi Quarter, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove Big Band with special guest Roberta Gambarini
June 13 Kennedy Center Terrace Theater Paquito D’Rivera: The Jelly Roll Morton Latin Tinge Project Michael Philip Mossman, Music Director, a commissioned National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces
June 5-9: DCJF Master Classes/Student Concerts: Enriching Educational Programs at the THEARC Performing Arts Center in Anacostia, Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center on the H Street corridor for more than 1,000 DCPS and DC charter school students

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