DC Jazz Festival Pays Tribute to Roy Haynes and ABC7/WJLA-TV for Lasting Contributions to Jazz

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WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 — The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) will present its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned jazz artist Roy Haynes and its 2013 John Conyers Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award to ABC7/WJLA-TV at its 9th annual festival, held June 5-16. Each year, as part of its mission, the DCJF honors jazz greats for their indelible lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity. Haynes and ABC7/WJLA-TV will be awarded June 5 at the kickoff show for Jazz at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton Live and June 14 at Jazz Meets the Latin Classics at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, respectively.

The annual DCJF Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed, at a concert during the annual festival, to an individual who serves as a model representative for jazz and has dedicated his/her life to jazz as an art form, an education tool, and a unifying force. Past awardees include Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Palmieri, James Moody, Ellis Marsalis, George Wein, Buck Hill, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor and Dave Brubeck.

“The year, the DC Jazz Festival honors legendary drummer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Roy Haynes for his lasting contributions to jazz,” said Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DCJF. “With our Lifetime Achievement Award, we recognize Mr. Haynes’ enduring impact on the jazz genre and community.”

The annual DCJF Jazz Advocacy Award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has actively supported jazz and the DCJF. The award is named in honor of Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), a champion of jazz who introduced the unanimously passed bill HR-57 in 1987 that declared jazz a “rare and valuable American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.”

A longtime partner of the DCJF, ABC7/WJLA-TV will receive the award for their devotion, support and commitment to promoting jazz. “We offer our heartfelt appreciation to ABC7/WJLA-TV for their impressive and enduring contributions to both the DC Jazz Festival and the Washington, D.C. community,” said DCJF Executive Producer Charles Fishman.

Jazz at The Hamilton Live – Tickets ($32 – $41.50)
Wed., June 5, 7:30 PM, The Hamilton Live (600 14th Street, NW)
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band with opening performance by Nasar Abadey & SUPERNOVA

Jazz Meets the Latin Classics – Tickets ($35)
Fri., June 14, 7:30 & 9:30 PM, The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (2700 F Street, NW)
Paquito D'Rivera with the PanAmericana Ensemble

For more information about all events, 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.

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; Uber, Yelp, 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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