Jazz Meets the Latin Classics at The Kennedy Center

Paquito D’Rivera’s Pan-Americana Orchestra to Perform Jazz Interpretations of Famed Latin Composers June 14

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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 — In its ninth year of collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) co-Artistic Director, renowned NEA Jazz Master and 11-time Grammy Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera will present Jazz Meets the Latin Classics. Featuring an 11-piece all-star ensemble in arrangements and interpretations of works by great Latin composers, the concert take place Friday, June 14 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater as part of the ninth annual DCJF, which will take place June 5-16, 2013. There will be two performances, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

“For the past nine years, the DC Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center have worked together to bring unique, exciting and enriching performances to residents of, and visitors to, Washington, D.C.,” said DCJF Executive Producer Charles Fishman. “Jazz Meets the Latin Classics is a visionary concert celebrating and fusing two remarkable genres – Latin jazz and classical music -- featuring arrangements and improvisations of works by Piazzolla, Lecuona, D'Rivera, Lauro, and other acclaimed composers.”

Virtuoso/saxophonist/clarinetist D’Rivera will be joined by Alex Brown, piano; Oscar Stagnaro, bass guitar; Yotam Silberstein, guitar; Edmar Castañeda, harp; Hector del Curto, bandoneon; Diego Urcola, trumpet/valve trombone; Michael Phillip Mossman, trumpet/flugelhorn/ trombone; Mark Walker, drums; and Pernell Saturnino, percussion – in arranged works and improvisations by great Latin composers Piazzolla, Lecuona, D'Rivera, and others. Special guests will be soprano Brenda Feliciano, and acclaimed guitarist Berta Rojas.

“The Kennedy Center is pleased to continue its association with Paquito D'Rivera and the DC Jazz Festival for its annual citywide celebration of jazz,” said Kennedy Center Vice President of Education and Jazz Darrell Ayers. “We are delighted to provide D.C. audiences with this innovative fusion of Latin jazz and classical music from internationally-renowned musicians and composers.”

June 14, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (2700 F Street, NW)

Please purchase tickets here, or call (202) 467-4600 and visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.

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-by-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 original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, 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.

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; WHUR; 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
[email protected], (703) 584-5651

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