DC JazzFest June 7-16, 2019

The DC JazzFest takes over 20 District neighborhoods celebrating their 15th Anniversary. The festival offers an exceptional mix of universally-renowned masters and emerging artists from across the jazz spectrum and beyond, 100+ bands, 300 artists, 40+ venues, 20 neighborhoods, from June 7-16. Check back next week as more. concerts are added.

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DC JazzFest: Stefon Harris & Blackout

Residence of the Denmark Ambassador
Thu. Jun 6
Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene.

DC JazzFest: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Jun. 6 – 8
This program culminates in three concerts in which the graduates will perform original compositions.

DC JazzFest: Anat Cohen Quartet

Hamilton Live
Fri. Jun 7
Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet.

DC JazzFest: Anthony Nelson

Twins Jazz
Fri. Jun 7
Jazz Saxophonist Anthony Nelson has made a name for himself as a woodwindist and a composer.

DC JazzFest: The Kent Miller Quartet

Busboy & Poets in Anacostia
Fri. Jun 7
Jazz in the ’Hoods is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, and performing arts spaces.

DC JazzFest: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Hamilton Live
Sat. Jun 8
The last 24 months have been a whirlwind of success and acclaim for this young vocalist.

DC JazzFest: Joe Morris (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

Rhizome
Sat. Jun 8
Drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting.

DC JazzFest: Georgia Anne Muldrow, Justin Brown's Nyeusi and Miles Okazaki

The Sandlot
Sat. Jun 8
Muldrow has built a reputation to match her career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician.

DC JazzFest: Nanny Assis

Mr. Henry's
Sat. Jun 8
His ability to make any kind of music sound smooth makes Nanny a notable and gifted artist.

DC JazzFest: Herb Scott and El Jay'Em

We Act Radio
Sat. Jun 8
D.C. Native and saxophonist Herb Scott is a rising star on the Washington, D.C. Jazz scene.

DC JazzFest: Celebrating Randy Weston

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 9
Randy Weston combines the rich music of the African continent with the African-American tradition of jazz.

DC JazzFest: Hailu Mergia

Hamilton Live
Sun. Jun 9
Since he emigrated from Ethiopia and built a life in D.C., Mergia’s career has followed an impressive trajectory.

DC JazzFest: Kelly Green Trio

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 9
The Trio pay homage to Nat King Cole, performing reimagined arrangements of his classics and deep cuts.

DC JazzFest: The Kristin Callahan Band

Twins Jazz
Sun. Jun 9
The Kristin Callahan Band is bringing sweet music to you playing some of your favorite romantic jazz tunes to set the mood for this special day.

DC JazzFest: Nag Champa Art Ensemble

Wild Days
Sun. Jun 9
Nag Champa Art Ensemble fuses elements of jazz, soul, electronic, Go-Go, and African Rhythms,

DC JazzFest: DC Jazz Jam

The Brixton
Sun. Jun 9
The house band for the DC Jazz Jam is made up of a rotating cast of terrific players from the DC area.

DC JazzFest: Terrence Nicholson (Sub-Z)

Honfleur Gallery
Sun. Jun 9
Hip/Bop Convergence, featuring poet, pianist, saxophonist, and percussionist.

DC JazzFest: The Peter Brown Project

Anacostia Playhouse
Mon. Jun 10
Peter Brown, a veteran of the music industry having been on tour playing bass for Mark IV singing group on Mercury Records.

DC JazzFest: Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ Ensemble

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Mon. Jun 10
The band features stellar musicians from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto, bringing to life the compositions of Hughes.

DC JazzFest: Jordon Dixon

University of the District of Columbia
Mon. Jun 10
Born in Baton Rouge, Jordon Dixon grew up in a very musical family. He started his musical path at the age of 12!

DC JazzFest: Amy K. Bormet

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Mon. Jun 10
Pianist and vocalist Amy K. Bormet weaves jazz and chamber music, often combining improvisation with art song.

DC JazzFest: Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry

Twins Jazz
Tue. Jun 11
Alex strives to connect with a community of artists and create music that pushes the boundaries of genre and musicianship.

DC JazzFest: Future Band

Ivy City Smokehouse
Tue. Jun 11
More than just a band, they are a movement. FutureBandDC has been thrilling audiences since 2013.

DC JazzFest: Trent Cokley: Heal Our Hearts

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Tue. Jun 11
"Heal Our Hearts" is a musical journey through the process of becoming whole after facing relational and societal setbacks.

DC JazzFest: SPAGA

City Winery
Wed. Jun 12
This project is the brainchild of one of The Disco Biscuits’ founding members, Aron Magner.

DC JazzFest: Joe Herrera feat. James Zimmerman

Wild Days
Wed. Jun 12
James Keith Zimmerman, a native Washingtonian, is a preserver of African American musical culture and history.

DC JazzFest: The Noa Fort Quartet

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Wed. Jun 12
Pianist, and composer Noa Fort has brought an intimate voice to the NYC scene since her arrival from Tel Aviv in 2013.

DC JazzFest: Dante Pope After Five Experience

Franklin Park at Greenbelt Station
Thu. Jun 13
Dante’ Pope blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world.

DC JazzFest: Etienne Charles Creole Soul

City Winery
Thu. Jun 13
Etienne returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture.

DC JazzFest: Nicole Saphos Trio

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Jun 13
Relax on the beautiful Tudor Place grounds with the music of a jazz trio featuring bassist Nicole Saphos.

DC JazzFest: The Barry Gurley Trio

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Thu. Jun 13
The Barry Gurley Trio performs arrangements of both Nat King Cole tunes and other jazz repertoire.

DC JazzFest: The King and Mic featuring Micah Smith

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Fri. Jun 14
The King and Mic featuring Micah Smith will be an evening filled with timeless tunes recorded by the late great Nat King Cole.

DC JazzFest: Snarky Puppy

The Anthem
Fri. Jun 14
The defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

DC JazzFest: Kevin Cordt Quartet

Mr. Henry's
Fri. Jun 14
Kevin Cordt was raised in the Washington, DC area and studied trumpet at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

DC JazzFest: The William Hooker Trio

Rhizome
Fri. Jun 14
“Kingpin of the free jazz world, Hooker’s limits have been boundless” - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

DC JazzFest: Jose Montaño Trio

Transit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15
José André Montaño from Cochabamba, Bolivia, taught himself how to play piano from a very young age.

DC JazzFest: String Queens

Transit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15
The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.

DC JazzFest: Jon Batiste & Stay Human

The Anthem
Sat. Jun 15
The acclaimed leader of Stay Human — the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

DC JazzFest: Julia Nixon

Mr. Henry's
Sat. Jun 15
Julia Nixon has reached astounding heights, such as her Broadway role in Dreamgirls, replacing Jennifer Holliday.

DC JazzFest: Mark G. Meadows and the Movement

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Sat. Jun 15
Meadows combines jazz, R&B, hip-hop, funk, and gospel into a harmonic blend that is fresh and exciting.

DC JazzFest: John Lamkin III

Twins Jazz
Sat. Jun 15
John Russell Lamkin, III is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing drums at the tender age of four.

DC JazzFest: Joshua Redman Quartet

District Pier
Sat. Jun 15
Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s.

DC JazzFest: The Elijah Jamal Balbed Quartet

Kreeger Museum
Sat. Jun 15
Jazz in the 'Hoods unites DC in a citywide partnership and presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists.

DC JazzFest: Yannick Rieu

District Pier
Sat. Jun 15
Recognized as one of the most talented jazz saxophonists in the world, his music is best defined by its constant evolution.

DC JazzFest: Michael Franks

District Pier
Sat. Jun 15
Michael Franks hovers dragonfly-like in a sacred space all his own within his contributions to music.

DC JazzFest: Sasha Berliner and Band

The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15
Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco. She started playing drums at eight years old.

DC JazzFest: Allyn Johnson & Sonic Sanctuary

Transit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15
Allyn Johnson is a multi-talented musician whose trademark sound gives fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation.

DC JazzFest: Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra

The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15
Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz.

DC JazzFest: Alison Crockett

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sat. Jun 15
Nat King Cole’s clean and sophisticated style greatly influenced Alison Crockett’s music.

DC JazzFest: Tarus Mateen & Beyond Genre

District Pier
Sat. Jun 15
Tarus is one of the most sought-after musician/producers in hip-hop, house, blues, rock, reggae, soul, and straight ahead jazz.

DC JazzFest: Great Masters of Jazz

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 16
This one-night-only event features magical tributes by Patti Austin, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, and more!

DC JazzFest: Joey Alexander

The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
His work continues to draw from his inspirations of the past, while constantly exploring.

DC JazzFest: Evan Harris

The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
Evan's passion for jazz and improvised music has informed his unique sound on the saxophone.

DC JazzFest: Ralph Peterson & Gen-Next Big Band

District Pier
Sun. Jun 16
The Gen-Next Big Band features an exciting lineup of some of Berklee College of Music’s brightest young musicians.

DC JazzFest: Nommo

Market Stage
Sun. Jun 16
NOMMO is jazz trio of young musicians ranging from age 14-17. They are the future of DMV jazz.

DC JazzFest: The Cornerstore

District Pier
Sun. Jun 16
Life lessons meeting at the intersection of blues, rock, bebop and hip hop. See you at the Cornerstore.

DC JazzFest: Sean Jones: Dizzy Spellz

The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
Sean is a musical chameleon and is comfortable in any musical setting no matter what the role or the genre.

DC JazzFest: Olli Soikkeli Trio

Transit Pier at The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
Soikkeli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz, which has been his primary focus since.

DC JazzFest: Cinema Italia

Transit Pier at The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
Unforgettable themes from unforgettable movies, such Once Upon A Time in America and Cinema Paradiso.

DC JazzFest: Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science

The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16
This award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, as toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and more.

DC JazzFest: Witness Matlou Trio

Pearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16
Pianist Witness Matlou's work is influenced by South African folk music, jazz, classical and other world music.

DC JazzFest: El Violin Latino

Pearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16
For Gregor Huebner, the influence of Eastern European music is clearly audible in the music of South America.

DC JazzFest: Oleg Butman and Natalia Smirnova

Pearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16
Oleg Butman and Natalia Smirnova are the most passionate, harmonious and musically well-balanced couple on the Russian jazz scene.

DC JazzFest: The Eric Byrd Trio and the Jazz Ambassadors

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 16
To celebrate the centennial of Nat King Cole, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd presents a program of originals and standards.
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