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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 website regularly to learn more about activities.

Our signature event, the DC JazzFest, is happening from September 2 - 4, 2023, over Labor Day weekend. Click here for more information on what to expect at the 18th Annual DC JazzFest. We will announce our headliners in the spring.

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DC JazzFest

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Year Round Events

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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 2023 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.

2022 DCJazzPrix Finalists

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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.

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

Events take place year-round at embassies and performing arts centers around DC. 2023 activities will be announced in the spring. 

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

Join Circle of Friends here to be on the special guest list for Embassy Series events.

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. 

The Omni Shoreham Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Charles Fishman Embassy Series.

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