The annual Washington DC Jazz Festival has always been one marquee events of the summer festival season, but the 2019 one is prepared to be better and bigger than ever. The reason is that the year 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of DC Jazz Festival, and this milestone will be celebrated with more than one hundred bands playing music in more than 40 venues through the district.
Moreover, the festival’s Jazz at the Wharf series will bring highly-anticipated shows from some of the world’s best talents in jazz to Anthem – the latest arts venue of D.C.; or its signature Jazz in the Hoods series that books nationally touring artists in local restaurants, hotels, clubs, galleries, performing arts spaces, and places of worship across the city. And it all goes down from 7 to 16 of June.
In addition, the lineup of this year is also cause for celebration. Headliners such as pop-jazz supergroup Snarky Puppy, Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, saxophone icon Joshua Redman, vocal sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant, piano wunderkind Joey Alexander, trumpeter Sean Jones, soulful singer José James, and etc.
The 2019 festival will also host some tributes to past and present jazz legends with its Great Legends of Jazz concert celebrating the legacies of Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Shirley Horn. There will be the performances by pianist Justin Kauflin, vocalist Patti Austin and Sharón Clark, The Roy Hargrove Big Band, and others. Additionally, the band Blackout will lead a tribute to pianist Randy Weston featuring keyboardists Marc Cary and Rodney Kendrick, saxophonist T.K. Blue, percussionist Neil Clarke, and bassist Alex Blake, all of whom had personal ties to the Weston.
One of the DC Jazz Festival’s mission since its founding is to present exciting, diverse, and adventurous programming for all ages and backgrounds. To do that, they’ll be offering free music education programming for children and adults throughout the fest. For more info, visit the DC Jazz Festival website.