DCJF Events

We have events for every jazz lover

DC Jazz Festival® proudly presents enriching and entertaining jazz performances, educational workshops and other interactive opportunities throughout the calendar year. Check out our calendar below to learn more about everything we've got planned for 2021 and beyond!

Our signature event, the DC JazzFest, is happening from September 1-5, 2021 over Labor Day weekend. Click here for more information on what to expect at the 17th Annual DC JazzFest.


DC JazzFest

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Year Round Events Overview

Jazz at the Corner Concert Series

DC Jazz Festival is excited to partner with The Corner at Whitman-Walker to co-present Jazz at The Corner, a concert series of jazz ensembles in performance that will be a part of The Corner's upcoming Stay Alive To Life! festival and exhibition series.


For more information on Jazz on The Corner or any of the other Stay Alive to Life! exhibits, please contact Abby Fenton at afenton@whitman-walker.org.

This project is made possible with funding from Humanities DC.


DCJazzPrix™ International Band Competition

DCJazzPrix is an annual international band competition that provides a unique professional and adjudication platform for emerging bands, outside of the traditional academic and commercial arenas. Unlike other performance-based contests, DCJazzPrix puts the emphasis on the essential interactions between band members and recognizes these relationships as the core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic. Young and emerging jazz bands from around are encouraged to apply for what apsires to be a premier global platform for jazz band's seeking new audiences and exciting career navigation opportunities.

All DCJazzPrix applicants will have their music heard by a prestigious jury of jazz luminaries. Up to three finalist bands will be selected to travel to Washington, DC during the annual DC JazzFest to compete at the DCJazzPrix Finals before an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans. The winning band will begin a yearlong association with the DC Jazz Festival to include: a $15,000 grand prize, customized business development and career impact services, extensive publicity training, and a highly visible 2022 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.

Applications Closed For 2021, Finalists TBA

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As of April 27th, 2021, applications are now closed for DC Jazz Festival's seventh annual international band competition, DCJazzPrix. 

Congratulations to the 2020 DCJazzPrix Winner: The EJB Quartet


DCJazzPrix program is made possible by the generous support of The Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation. The DCJazzPrix award is made possible by the generous support of Conrad Kenley, and the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.


Charles Fishman Embassy Series

Named in honor of the founder of the DC Jazz Festival, the Charles Fishman Embassy Series, presents international artists in partnership with the foreign embassy community in our nation’s capital.

Though born in the U.S., jazz music has evolved over the last century as the renowned global music. Gradually through performances around the world, including the robust international network of jazz festivals, and the broad dissemination of jazz education–jazz has become the world's music. Artists around the world now express the jazz esthetic through the lens of their own unique cultures. The Charles Fishman Embassy Series is a classic example of the worldwide impact of jazz.

The Embassy Series is made possible by the generous support of Linda and Michael Sonnenreich.

Events will announced in the Fall 2021.

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DC Jazz Festival thanks our Embassy Series partners:

Embassy of Japan, Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of France, Italian Cultural Institute,

Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of German, House of Sweden, 

Embassy of Luxembourg, Embassy of South Africa, Embassy of India, Embassy of Morocco

Embassy of Australia, Korean Cultural Institute Washington, DC, Embassy of Colombia, 

Embassy of Singapore, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Peru, and the Embassy of Brazil

The Charles Fishman Embassy Series is made possible by the generous support of Linda and Michael Sonnenreich