DC Jazz Festival and The Phillips Collection Present Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days

Festival Prelude Celebrates the Spirit of Jazz June 1st and 2nd

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 — The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) and The Phillips Collection will continue their partnership in hosting the highly popular annual Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days. Held June 1 and 2 at The Phillips Collection, the free, weekend-long prelude to the 2013 DCJF will treat families to enriching and enjoyable performances and activities that celebrate the synergy between jazz and the visual arts.

“With some of the region’s finest artists and rising stars performing improvised pieces inspired by The Phillips Collection’s intimate galleries, as well as fun-filled activities to introduce children to the rich traditions of jazz and art, Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days is the perfect weekend activity for whole family,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “The Festival’s partnership with The Phillips Collection, one of D.C.’s major art museums, allows us to provide an unforgettable jazz and art experience for parents and children alike.”

Sponsored by KidsPost and part of the annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, the two-day art-inspired celebration will feature musical performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. The event also includes storytelling, an instrument petting zoo and hands-on workshops where families can create their own artwork surrounded by masterpieces from Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and more.

Featured performances include:

Saturday, June 1
11:00 AM Ebony Rose
12:00 PM Herman Burney Trio and DCJF Jazzin’ at Sitar Ensemble
1:15 PM Billy Cassidy Jr. Quartet
1:30 PM Interpreting Painting into Jazz - Herman Burney
2:00 PM Let's Get Jazzed with Boys and Girls Club, WPAS
2:30 PM Free Black Space
3:30 PM Donvonte` McCoy Quintet
3:30 PM Interpreting Painting into Jazz - David Schulman (Saturday)

Sunday, June 2
12:00 PM Janelle Gill
1:00 PM George V. Johnson Quartet
1:30 PM Interpreting Painting into Jazz - David Schulman (Sunday)
1:45 PM Story Telling with Susan Priester
2:00 PM Alex Martin Trio
3:15 PM Sarah Hughes Quartet
4:30 PM Sin Miedo - Salsa

All events are FREE at The Phillips Collection located at 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

For ticket information, a complete schedule and more, visit www.dcjazzfest.org. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the official hotel sponsor of the 2013 DCJF. For travel discount information, visit www.dcjazzfest.org/hotel-and-travel.

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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 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.

About The Phillips Collection: The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of impressionist and modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. The setting is similarly unconventional, featuring small rooms, a domestic scale, and a personal atmosphere. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The Intersections series features projects by contemporary artists, responding to art and spaces in the museum. The Phillips also produces award-winning education programs for K–12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits and lectures, and provides a forum for scholars through courses, postdoctoral fellowships, and internships. Since 1941, the museum has hosted Sunday Concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.

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, LLP; 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 holaciudad.com; Washington Parent; Washington Informer; Modern Luxury; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; CrossCurrents Foundation; Amtrak; WMATA; the NEA Foundation; and Hipnotic Records.

© 2013 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

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

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