Young People to Get “Jazzed” About Learning at the 2013 DC Jazz Festival

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WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 — The DC Jazz Festival today announced its 2013 Roberta Flack Education Programs and its numerous educational opportunities during the DC Jazz Festival in June. Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days, Meet the Artist, Jazz Meets Hip Hop, and JazzTimes’ Before & After are among the free enriching programs for students and the young at heart.

Named in honor of internationally renowned singer/songwriter/pianist/producer Roberta Flack – who was a DC public school teacher and serves as the Chair of DCJF Education Committee – the DCJF Education Program offers free concerts, workshops, and master classes for more than 5,000 young people each year. Programs are held in partnership with DC public schools, The Phillips Collection, Sitar Arts Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, THEARC Theater, JazzTimes, and others.

“I am particularly proud of our education initiatives that get students ‘jazzed’ about learning,” said Sunny Sumter, DCJF Executive Director. “With efforts the Roberta Flack Education Program, we strive to expose a broad demographic of young people to jazz. There is truly something for everyone.”

The Phillips Collection will once again host the highly popular, annual Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days. Held June 1 and 2, the free, weekend-long prelude to the 2013 DCJF will treat families to dynamic and entertaining programs like an instrument petting zoo and hands-on art workshops. As part of the two-day event, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Teen Arts Performers directed by Tony Small, Victor Provost, and DCPS students from the WPAS Capitol Jazz Ensemble featuring the Jazz Update will perform on June 1 at 2:00 PM. The DCJF Jazzin’ at Sitar Ensemble – will perform in a culminating concert alongside the Herman Burney Trio June 1 at 12:00 PM. The celebration of jazz and the visual arts will include performances by the Donvonte McCoy Quintet, Alex Martin, David Schulman, Free Black Spaces featuring Bro. Yao, George V. Johnson, and Sarah Hughes, among others.

The DCJF Meet the Artist Series will feature conversations by inspiring trumpeter Nicholas Payton at Busboys and Poets June 5 at 6:00 pm; and by spirited drummer Nasar Abadey at the Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital June 12 at 7:00 pm. Literary scholar Ethelbert Miller will moderate both programs.

Before & After is one of JazzTimes’ most popular and longest-running print and online features. In this listening exercise, the magazine’s host plays a recording for a notable artist. That artist, with no prior knowledge of what’s being played, provides his or her initial reactions to the music and attempts to name the performer and tune. After some discussion, the pertinent information is presented and additional commentary follows. Much more than a guessing game, it is an opportunity for candid, insightful conversation about a great jazz artist’s influences and awareness of jazz history. In a special 2013 DCJF session on Thursday, June 6 at 5:00 pm., Lenny White, a legendary jazz and fusion drummer most noted for his work in Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. Hosting the exercise is D.C.-based jazz journalist and radio personality Willard Jenkins.

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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

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; 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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