WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 6, 2017 - The fastest growing jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce that Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will perform Saturday, June 10 at Sixth & I, as part of Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC. Aaron Myers, one of DC's most productive and socio-politically active musicians, brings his deeply soulful vocal stylings (reflecting his Texas roots) to the night as the opening act. Tickets.
Two-time Grammy nominee and four-time JUNO Award winner, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett is considered a national treasure in her native Canada, having been honored as an Officer of the Order of Canada (that country's highest civilian honor). Recognized for daring artistry and bold improvisation, Bunnett's music explores the fertile intersection of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, developed through 30 years of travels to the Caribbean nation.
Her exciting project, Maqueque, brings together professionally-trained Cuban musicians steeped in the Afro-Cuban tradition to form an all-female band for a wonderful fusion of Cuban soul with modern jazz.
"Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will undoubtedly be a standout show in a festival filled with amazing talent," said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. "One can easily see why Canadians consider her a national treasure, and with her Cuban band members, they demonstrate the universality of music.
As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation's capital, the annual DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each year including Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC/Jazz Alive, and area clubs and restaurants.
Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood begins with a free concert on Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm with two stellar vocalists: Lori Williams and Introducing Nigerian-Britishman of song, Ola Onabulé. Artists scheduled to perform at ticketed events on Saturday, June 17 are GRAMMY-winners Robert Glasper Experiment, Jacob Collier and the perennial poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett; along with rising vocal star Kandace Springs. Sunday, June 18 promises more spectacular music in the idyllic waterfront setting with the people's choice and GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter, the exciting genre-busting Black Violin, the 2016 DCJazzPrix-winning band the New Century Jazz Quintet, the Korean sensation, pianist Youngjoo Song, and fast-emerging vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE. The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards. Tickets.
DC JazzFest at the Howard (June 10-19) will feature four nights of exciting concerts, including performances from globally recognized jazz masters and international artists.
A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12) The DC Jazz Festival returns to the Kennedy Center in 2017, with An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcocki n a Concert Hall performance, in addition to free Millennium Stage concerts that are part of Jazz in the 'Hoods. Concert Hall Tickets. This year's Millennium Stage series, Bass-ically Yours, focuses on DC's incredible wealth of bass-playing bandleaders including the
James King Band, Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen, Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance, Kris Funn's CornerStore, Amy Shook and the SR5tet, and Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin.
Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation's capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods takes place in 21+ neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists attracting large, varied audiences of DC residents and tourists of great diversity. Events include the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists.Jazz in the 'Hoods performances will also be held at Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, New York University's Abramson Auditorium, the Embassy of Korea, the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Capital Fringe, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe and other venues across DC. Tickets are currently on sale for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, performing on June 10, 8pm, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I Street NW). Tickets available through Sixth and I Box Office.
Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Prelude Weekend, June 3-4) In partnership with The Phillips Collection, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This free, family-friendly weekend event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!
For more information about the DC Jazz Festival, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.
2017 DC Jazz Festival Artists
An Evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock
Robert Glasper Experiment
The Kenny Garrett Quintet
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Odean Pope Saxophone Choir
Mary Halvorson Octet
Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda Duo
New Century Jazz Quintet
Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE
Princess Mhoon Dance Project
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
The Trio of Bill Cole
Sun Ra Arkestra
Michael Thomas Quintet
Nasar Abadey with Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet
Youngjoo Song Septet
James King Band
Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen
Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance
Kris Funn's CornerStore
Amy Shook and the SR5tet
Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin
Cowboys and Frenchmen
Anthony Nelson Quartet
Miho Hazama with the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble: MONK at 100
Tim Whalen Septet
Rick Alberico Quartet
Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz
Jeff Antonik & The Jazz Update
Lennie Robinson & Mad Curious
Pepe Gonzalez Ensemble: Jazz From a African-Latin Perspective
Warren Wolf Ensemble: Exploring Monk & Other Interesting Music
Charles Rahmat Woods Duo: Mystical Monk
The Tiya Ade' Ensemble: Remembering Lady Ella
Freddie Dunn Ensemble: Birks Works: The Music of Dizzy Gillespie
Hope Udobi Ensemble: Mad Monk
Donato Soviero Trio
John Lee Trio
Herb Scott & Cinnamonstick
Reginald Cyntje Group
Jo-Go Project & Friends
Slavic Soul Party: Duke Ellington's Far East Suite
David Schulman + Quiet Life Motel
Donvonte McCoy Quartet
Harlem Gospel Choir
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The 2017 DC JazzFest is made possible with major contributions from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Events DC, The Yards, The Washington Post, Sage Communications, LCG Inc., Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, Capitol Riverfront BID, Renaissance Hotels, Destination DC, Capitol Riverfront BID, Coca-Cola, the Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Pepco, Wells Fargo, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Amtrak, CrossCurrents Foundation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, the NEA Foundation, BMI, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Venable Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Pillsbury, K&L Gates, Geico, Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, Michelle Galler, Leslie Whipkey, Meryl Chertoff, Roger Schagrin, Deborah Veney, Carmencita Whonder, Stephen Riddick, and our Circle of Friends. We are also grateful for in-kind media support from the following partners: WMATA, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Informer, The Georgetowner, Washington Parent, Downbeat, and WPFW.