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DC JAZZFEST 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIP GALA CELEBRATION

gold party

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2024
7:30 PM (DOORS 6:00 PM)


The Anthem
901 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

JACOB COLLIER
SAMARA JOY
D-NICE

Join us for an exclusive unforgettable evening celebrating DC Jazz Festival’s 20th Anniversary!

The Gold Party will honor two decades of musical innovation, cultural enrichment, and community engagement in the nation’s capital. Get ready to celebrate, raise a glass and tap your toes as we pay tribute to the rich legacy of jazz in DC and set the stage for an even brighter future ahead!

It’s the 20th edition of DC JazzFest and a huge milestone. We are proud to celebrate Washington, DC’s rich jazz legacy by bringing some of today’s brightest stars for our one-of-a-kind jazz experience.

Sunny Sumter, President & CEO, DC Jazz Festival

Event SCHEDULE

6:00PM     DOORS OPEN

6:15PM     RECEPTION & REFRESHMENTS

7:30PM     PERFORMANCES

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HOST COMMITTEE

Angie M. Gates – Co-Chair
Peter Gillon – Co-Chair
Debbie Veney – Co-Chair

Honorable William Lacy Clay
Adam Clayton Powell III
Felix Contreras
Elliott Ferguson
Pam Frazier
David Gorodetski
Heather Hiles
D'Qwell Jackson
William A. Kirk

Karen Marangi
Erik Moses
Martina Navratilova
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Sunny Sumter
Kim Tignor
Jose Antonio Tijerino
Nicole Venable
Carmencita Whonder

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Samara Joy

A 3-time Grammy Award winner, Samara Joy has been one of those rare artists whose trajectory is truly comet-like.  Raised in the church and doubtless influenced by gospel singing grandparents and a father who toured with gospel master Andrae Crouch, jazz has been part of her passion since singing in the jazz band at Fordham High School in Bronx, NY.  While there she copped a Best Vocalist Award at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Essentially Ellington competition. Her second recording, Linger Awhile, boasts not only her uncommon maturity and gifts in service to classic jazz songs – she put her improvisational art on full display, not only with her reading of Jon Hendricks’ vocalese lyrics to Thelonious Monk’s classic “Round Midnight,” but also with her easeful, old-soul twist on more vocalese as she sang lyrics based on bop legend Fats Navarro’s 1947 recording. Check out Samara performing “Can’t Get Out Of This Mood”

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Spnsorship

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in sponsoring the 20th Anniversary Gold Party? 
Customizable sponsor packages are available! 
Sponsor a whole box at $25,000 for 16 premium seats, or
sponsor half a box at $10,000 for 8 premium seats - a great value!

Benefits include:
- Brand recognition/visibility on all promotional materials
- Stage moments
- Artist meet-and-greet opportunities
- Direct engagement with attendees and audiences
- Onsite activation at The Anthem
- And much more! Top-level sponsors will receive exclusive invitations for a backstage chat with Samara Joy, and a fireside chat with D-Nice the following day. Interested? Let's chat!

Contact Kelly Silver for more information about sponsorships!

FAQ's

The Anthem is located at 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, in the District Wharf. It is behind the 900 block of Maine Avenue SW, on the waterfront.

For our full list of DC JazzFest at the Wharf FAQs, please click here.

DC Jazz Festival is more than a world-class annual event. We are a nonprofit organization that presents year-round concerts and jazz education programs for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Learn more below - let's make a difference, together.

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