DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial Lineup

Fest will run June 24-29, include concerts and showcases

Irma Thomas at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival image 0
Joel A. Siegel

Irma Thomas at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The 2014 DC Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 24-29, it was announced today. Previously nine days, the festival will now run for six, although the showcase that was only one day before will now stretch to three. The showcase this year will feature Akua Allrich, Frederic Yonnet, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey and Gregory Porter, and will take place on the Capital Riverfront.

Scheduled to appear at the Hamilton, according to the announcement, are Snarky Puppy, Irma Thomas, the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience (all newcomers to the festival), plus Roy Hargrove and the Brass-A-Holics. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut will perform at the Sixth and I Synagogue.

According to the press release, “The festival will continue its collaboration with CapitalBop, which has integrated its Jazz Loft Series with the festival for the last two years, and East River Jazz. Both are part of its ‘Jazz in the ‘Hoods’ programming that also includes Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, and Atlas Performing Arts Center.”