It’s Jazz in June Across the Nation’s Capital

DC Jazz Festival Announces 2013 All-Star Lineup June 5-16

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 — The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced its six main stage venues for 2013, which include: the Kennedy Center; The Hamilton Live; Kastles Stadium at The Wharf; Sixth & I Synagogue; The Phillips Collection for the highly popular Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days; and 40 clubs, museums, restaurants, and hotels as part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC. The Festival will take place June 5-16.

“Summer begins in the nation’s capital as soon as DC Jazz Festival kicks off the season with Jazz in June,” said Destination DC president and CEO Elliott Ferguson. “In just nine short years, the Festival has grown to attract 80,000 jazz lovers from around the world to D.C. to enjoy performances in some of the most prestigious and exciting venues around.”

Jazz at The Hamilton Live, co-presented by The Washington Post, will present 10 nights of exciting, diverse performances. “Jazz in Washington, D.C. has a rich history that can only be rivaled by its vibrant future,” said Katharine Weymouth, Publisher, The Washington Post. “The Washington Post is proud to present Jazz at The Hamilton Live and celebrate the timeless classics and future stars.” Performances include acclaimed artists such as the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band (Haynes will be honored with the 2013 DCJF Lifetime Achievement Award), Stefon Harris & Blackout, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, the Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio, Nicholas Payton XXX, Terri Lyne Carrington, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and the Brass-A-Holics Go Go Brass Funk Band. The Hamilton Live is the Festival’s main venue.
June 5-16; The Hamilton Live; Tickets

Jazz Meets the Latin Classics, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will feature DCJF co-Artistic Director conductor/virtuoso, saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera leading an 11-piece all-star ensemble – with special guests Brenda Feliciano, soprano, and Berta Rojas, guitar – in arrangements of and improvisations on works by great Latin composers, including This concert marks the ninth year of collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the DC Jazz Festival for its citywide celebration of jazz.
June 14 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM; Kennedy Center Terrace Theater; Tickets

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: The Roots. The legendary, Grammy Award-winning hip hop crew, turn 25 this year and will celebrate with a special concert. The brainchild of childhood friends Ahmir “?uestlove” Trotter and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots was named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone. Their career includes a weekly gig as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
June 15; Doors Open 6:00 PM; Kastles Stadium at The Wharf; Tickets

Jazz in the ‘Hoods, presented by Events DC, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Highlighting D.C. as a vibrant cultural center, Jazz in the ‘Hoods takes place at more than 40 venues with over 80 performances in 21 neighborhoods around the city. The annual series attracts a large, diverse audience and showcases many exceptional D.C.-based jazz groups at venues like Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, the Howard Theatre, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Jazz in the ‘Hoods also features CapitalBop's D.C. Jazz Loft Series and the East River JazzFest. Performers will include Lionel Loueke; Lonnie Liston Smith; Lee Konitz; Gerald Cleaver; Marshall Keys; Tim Greene; Marc Cary; Alex Brown and Yotam Silberstein; Karriem Riggins; ERIMAJ; Pharoah Sanders; Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee; Brian Settles; the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra; John McLaughlin; Susana Baca; Buika; and many more.
June 5-16; Various Locations; Tickets

From Bongos to Bagels: Falafel, Frijotos, Mambo & Borscht will feature the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist/composer/director Arturo O’Farrill, with special guests Steven Bernstein and Anat Cohen. The event will bring together sizzling big band Latin jazz, the convergence of Jewish and Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen accomplished musicians. The performance will include works by Latin jazz legends such as Tito Puente, Machito, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as “classic” traditional Jewish melodies.
June 9 7:00 PM; Sixth & I Historic Synagogue; Tickets

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days, in partnership with The Phillips Collection, is an annual, free two-day celebration of jazz and the visual arts with musical performances by more than a dozen regional artists and youth ensembles like Ebony Rose, the Donvonte’ McCoy Quartet, the Herman Burney Trio featuring DCJF Jazzin’ at Sitar Ensemble, Boys and Girls Clubs T.A.P Troupe featuring Victor Provost, Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), and many more. Sponsored by KidsPost and part of Dupont Kalorama Walk Weekend, this prelude to the Festival will also include storytelling, an instrument petting zoo and the opportunity for children to create their own art surrounded by masterpieces from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and more.
June 1 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and June 2 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; The Phillips Collection; FREE

For ticket information, a complete schedule and more, visit

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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

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.

Proud major sponsors of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include: Events DC; The Washington Post and KidsPost; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Patton Boggs, LLC; Sage Communications; Hamilton Live and Clyde’s Restaurant Group; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the official hotel of the DC Jazz Festival; Pepsi; Bacardi USA; Destination DC; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; TGI Fridays; 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; WAMU; Washington Kastles; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; The Georgetowner; WPFW; DownBeat; Telemundo DC and; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; CrossCurrents Foundation; Amtrak; WMATA; the NEA Foundation; and Hipnotic Records.

© 2013 Festivals DC, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Media Contacts:
Hannah Dolby, for DCJF
[email protected], (703) 584-5651

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