DC Jazz Festival Announces 2013 Travel Partners

Kimpton Hotels and Amtrak offer exclusive travel deals for Festival-goers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2013 — Out-of-town jazz enthusiasts have two big reasons to celebrate – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Amtrak are extending special discounted travel rates to fans planning to attend the 2013 DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), which will take place June 5-16, 2013 in venues throughout the nation’s capital.

“The DC Jazz Festival is now reaching more than 80,000 jazz lovers from across the nation,” said DCJF Executive Producer Charles Fishman. “This June, we anticipate an even larger number of tourists who will be treated to jazz performances across the city. Our official hotel sponsor, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will provide Festival-goers with an ideal place to stay, and Amtrak will get them here.”

Among numerous headline artists, this year’s DCJF will feature performances by Grammy Award-winners Poncho Sanchez and Terri Lyne Carrington; NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes, who will receive the DCJF’s Lifetime Achievement Award; a tribute by the Brubeck Brothers honoring their late father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck; and Jazz Meets the Latin Classics, an 11-piece all-star ensemble under the direction of the Festival’s co-artistic director Paquito D’Rivera.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the official hotel sponsor of the 2013 DC Jazz Festival, will offer an exclusive discount of 10 percent off guestroom rates to Festival attendees, with rates starting as low as $179 per night. With 11 stylish boutique hotels conveniently located throughout downtown Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia, guests can easily find a Kimpton Hotel location with easy access to DCJF festivities. Kimpton is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while on the road with its authentic customer care, stylish ambiance, locally-loved restaurants and lounges, and complimentary perks including hosted evening wine hour and free WiFi. Travelers can call 1-800-KIMPTON or visit www.kimptonhotels.com/dcjazz to book reservations using promotional code DCJZ.

Take Amtrak to the DC Jazz Festival and save 30 percent on a companion fare when you book now through December 19, 2013. Festival guests can visit www.amtrak.com/visitdc and use the “Book It Now” feature to receive the companion fare discount.

“Every year, the DC Jazz Festival kicks off the summer in D.C., which helps spur the local economy and opens the door for people from across the U.S. to hear jazz in our nation’s capital,” said Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of the DCJF and Director of the Roberta Flack Education Program, which brings jazz education to D.C. public schools and charter schools with free student concerts, workshops, master classes and other programs. “Our goal is to produce enriching educational and entertaining jazz programs for adults and children alike.”

Visit www.dcjazzfest.org/content.cfm/travel-discounts for more information about 2013 DC Jazz Festival travel discounts.

Proud major sponsors of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include: Events DC; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; The Washington Post; Patton Boggs, LLC; Sage Communications; Hamilton Live DC and Clyde’s Restaurant Group; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Bacardi USA; Telemundo DC; Destination DC; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; LCG Systems; the Washington City Paper; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; The Mayo Charitable Foundation; the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation; the Mayo Charitable Foundation; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; CrossCurrents Foundation; Amtrak; the NEA Foundation; and Hipnotic Records.

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· Twitter: twitter.com/dcjazzfest

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· Flickr: flickr.com/photos/dcjazzfest

· FourSquare: foursquare.com/dcjazzfest

About the DC Jazz Festival

With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-on-year growth, and is set to celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary in 2014. As the fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique art form during this national event that draws jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2013 DC Jazz Festival will take place June 5-16. For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and upcoming programs, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

The DC Jazz Festival(r) is a section 501 (c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored in part with major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the NEA Foundation, the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Contacts:
Hannah Dolby, for DCJF
hdolby@aboutsage.com, (703) 584-5651

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