“Today that we talk so often about our contemporary Jazz masters, one of the names we must have in mind all the time is the ineffable Charlie Fishman. I’ve never met anybody more enthusiastic and devoted to this music than “El Pescao” Charlie Fishman. We love him!”
- Paquito D'Rivera
"I have known Charlie Fishman for many years. His dedication and love of jazz is unimpeachable. The job he has done in Washington in making the DC Jazz Festival part of the cultural scene of the nation’s capital is amazing. I want to congratulate him for the job he is doing and what he has done."
- George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival
"About a decade ago, Charlie Fishman approached the Kennedy Center about collaborating on a Jazz Festival he wanted to start in the city. Proudly, for the past nine years, the Kennedy Center has annually collaborated with Charlie and the DC Jazz Festival to present and produce multiple free presentations on our Millennium Stage, plus high-profile ticketed events in our concert halls and theaters -- the blockbuster ‘A Night in Treme., ‘Jazz Meets the Classics’ with Maestro Paquito D’Rivera. And, perhaps the most memorable, the Marsalis Family reunion concert saluting their patriarch, Ellis Marsalis? As Charlie explained it ten years ago, his vision was that during the event, one would walk throughout Washington and hear jazz on every corner, emanating from doorways to clubs, theaters and concert halls; with free performances on plaza stages across the city, and the National Mall. His vision was strong – and his persistence was even stronger. Through his personal and professional connections, hard work, determination, and persuasive charm, he fought to create what has become - a decade later – a vital part of Washington’s jazz scene and overall cultural life, presenting the world’s most prominent jazz artists in performance. We salute you, Charlie. Because of you, from where there was nothing, now stands the city’s largest music festival. The momentum of your vision continues. Nine years? Here’s to the next 90! "
- Kevin A. Struthers, The John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts