nineteenth Annual DC JazzFest Has One thing for Everybody

Dwell performances from up-and-coming expertise, worldwide artists, and legends are what the 2023 DC JazzFest (DCJF) brings to the Washington, D.C., space from Aug. 30- Sept. 3.

The three bands competing in the 2023 DCJazzPrix will perform Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at Union Stage on the Wharf. Clockwise from top left: Birckhead from Baltimore; Ember from Brooklyn, New York; and New Jazz Underground from New York (Courtesy of DC JazzFest)
The three bands competing within the 2023 DCJazzPrix will carry out Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at Union Stage on the Wharf. Clockwise from high left: Birckhead from Baltimore; Ember from Brooklyn, New York; and New Jazz Underground from New York (Courtesy of DC JazzFest)

In its 19th yr, the pageant continues to deliver a spread of versatile skills unfold out over a number of venues for optimum enjoyment. A full schedule of performances is on the DCJF web site

President and CEO of DCJF Sunny Sumter talked concerning the occasion on a latest episode of WIN-TV, a weekly stay digital program airing on the YouTube WashingtonInformerTV channel.

“We’re calling it a jazz takeover,” stated Sumter, “We’re in additional than 12 neighborhoods. It’s cross-generational with a lot variety and inclusion. All people is welcome to the celebration.” 

The Live shows 

On Aug. 31 at Area Stage-The Kogod Cradle is DCJF’s “Generations Sequence.” For his thrilling collaboration, DCJF has assembled a forged of veteran jazz musicians, together with pianists George Cables, Benny Inexperienced and Orrin Evans, with rising pianists Shamie Royston and Hope Udobi and a cross-generational rhythm part of drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, bassist Kris Funn and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn.

“This primary live performance of the collection will deliver collectively a few of at the moment’s and tomorrow’s most excellent jazz pianists to have fun, share musical tales and change concepts by efficiency and dialog,” stated Evans, one of many pianists performing for this live performance and, he’s DCJF artist-in-residence.

The Venues

On Sept. 2 on Union Stage on the Waterfront, DCJazzPrix, a world competitors created to acknowledge and assist high jazz band expertise, was launched in 2016. This DCJF occasion has grown quickly, now receiving applicant responses from greater than 20 nations. A juried evaluation course of thought-about a extremely aggressive pool of candidates, evaluating bands on their inventive high quality and advantage when choosing this yr’s DCJazzPrix finalists. 

Bands competing this yr throughout DCJF are Birckhead from Baltimore, Ember from Brooklyn, and New Jazz Underground from New York Metropolis. The successful band receives a $15,000 grand prize, custom-made enterprise improvement and profession affect companies, in depth publicity, and a extremely seen 2024 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.

The Wharf in Southwest, D.C. could also be thought-about the core location for DCJF live shows, however the music is throughout city. 

D.C.’s personal Corcoran Holt will carry out at Takoma Station Tavern on Aug. 31, and there’s a live performance on Sept. 1 at The Anthem with Gregory Porter with extra hometown expertise The String Queens. 

Younger phenom and Grammy winner vocalist Samara Pleasure will carry out on the Wharf on Sept. 2. A number of free DCJF live shows are scheduled at The Parks at Walter Reed, the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Heart, and at Artwork to Go-Go Anacostia Arts & Tradition District. For full info about19th Annual DC JazzFest at 

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