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DC Jazz Festival Returns to Historic Howard Theatre

Kurt Elling Headlines DC JazzFest Opening Night

The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) returns to the historic Howard Theatre for Opening Night of the DC JazzFest on August 31, starring 2-time Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling. Tickets are now on sale here. Kurt Elling, one of the true poets of jazz vocal artistry, is a multiple Grammy Award winner, including two for Jazz Vocal Album of the Year for his Secrets Are the Best Stories (2021) and Dedicated to You (2010) albums. For this DC JazzFest Opening performance, strap on your dancing shoes for Kurt Elling’s vibrant new project Superblue, featuring guitar wizard Charlie Hunter and the Huntertones Horns. Opening this evening’s show will be one of the DMV’s premier vocalists, Christie Dashiell. Always a standout performer as part of Howard University’s premier vocal ensemble AfroBlue, Christie Dashiell is rapidly carving out her own unique niche in the world of jazz and beyond vocal artistry, including her cameo on the much-discussed new social justice recording proiject Black Lives – From Generation to Generation. “The Howard Theatre has a wonderful music history, with jazz providing the perfect complement for DC JazzFest’s Opening Night,” said Sunny Sumter, President & CEO for the DC Jazz Festival. DC JazzFest’s Opening Night at The Howard marks an exciting renewal of our longtime partnership with the historic Howard Theatre, which has included numerous auspicious evenings, including performances by legendary NEA Jazz Masters and artists reflecting our annual quest to explore “the international language of jazz”. 8/31 – Doors 7:30 pm/Show 8:00 pm: Kurt Elling SuperBlue. Christie Dashiell (Opener). Tickets As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, DC JazzFest reaches more than 100,000 visitors of all ages each Labor Day Weekend with performances in neighborhoods citywide at The District Wharf, Arena Stage, Union Stage, The Howard Theatre, Takoma Station, the Kreeger Museum, Eaton DC, Busboys and Poets Anacostia, and other area clubs and restaurants. Other programs include: The 2022 DC JazzFest will take place August 31-September 4. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit For press inquiries or requests for information, contact Lydia Liebman, DCJF publicist, at About DC Jazz Festival: With dozens of performances in venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DC Jazz Festival celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to present internationally renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences, advance jazz and music education, provide performance opportunities for DC-based musicians, and highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz. DCJF Media Contact: Lydia Liebman, DCJF Publicist, 570.730.5279 DCJF Contacts: Sunny Sumter, Executive Producer Josh Brown, Marketing and Communications Consultant Keep up with DCJF: · Twitter: @dcjazzfest · Facebook: · Instagram: @dcjazzfest · LinkedIn: DC Jazz Festival · Everything Else: The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its 2022 programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment; and with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galena-Yorktown Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts, and The Venable Foundation. ©2022 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.


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