The 15th annual DC Jazz Festival marked the full maturation of an event that began in 2004 as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival; it’s been known by its current name since 2010. From June 7 through 16, the 2019 edition of the DCJF presented more than 120 performances at 40 venues throughout the nation’s capital. A daily series of shows called “Jazz in the ’Hoods,” all of which were either free or of nominal cost, ensured that the music was widely accessible. There were also several “Meet the Artist” interviews and all-star tribute concerts. Legends, up-and-comers, international stars, and local stalwarts were all included in this year’s lineup, as well as both mainstream and avant-garde styles.
Here are only a few of the highlights, as seen at just five of the festival venues.