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DC Jazz 2011: Jazz on the National Mall

The National Mall; Washington, D.C., June 12, 2011

Shortly before Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor took the stage in the shadow of the Washington Monument as part of “Jazz on the National Mall,” one of the highlights of the DC Jazz Festival, a festival staff member announced that they had been advised of a severe storm, and that the audience should immediately find cover. The crowd quickly dispersed as the stage crew rushed to cover the equipment and the musicians huddled under tents. Though the weather turned out to be little more than a few minutes of moderate rain, allowing the majority of the audience to quickly return, the RH Factor and Eddie Palmieri’s All-Star Salsa Orchestra in particular unleashed a storm of their own.

The weather delay had been preceded by performances from Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa, the Claudia Acuña Quintet and Frédéric Yonnet, but the crowd was most excited for the evening’s two biggest names, Hargrove and Palmieri. Before Hargrove’s set, DC Jazz Festival founder Charles Fishman and executive director Sunny Sumter provided a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jimmy Heath, and Congressman Xavier Becerra of California joined Fishman and Sumter to present a second Lifetime Achievement Award to Palmieri.

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