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Samara Joy

DC JazzFest

[Washington, DC] One of DC’s most exciting annual events, this year’s DC JazzFest will include more than sixty concerts and Meet the Artist events in over a dozen neighborhoods citywide.

The musical celebration highlights a diverse selection of DC-based, national, and international jazz talent.

The initial lineup for this year’s JazzFest includes a headlining performance by Grammy award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter.

Among the many performing on our multiple stages at The Wharf will be three National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters including saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Kenny Garrett, and four-time Grammy award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington with her New Standards project celebrating the enormous contributions of women jazz composers.

On the emerging end of the artistic spectrum, DC JazzFest will welcome sensational, multi-Grammy winning vocalist Samara Joy, and the winner of our 2022 DCJazzPrix emerging bands competition, the Julieta Eugenio Trio.

DC Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence pianist-composer Orrin Evans will return with his quintet. The event also welcomes kinetic Afro-Cuban pianist-composer-conceptualist Omar Sosa Quarteto Americanos.

The tri-state area of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia has also produced finest some of the artists that will grace JazzFest stages, including saxophonist-bandleader Leigh Pilzer, and the Brazilian flavors of Wammie award-winning band Veronneau.

The largest jazz festival in the Mid-Atlantic region, the 19th Annual DC JazzFest takes place Aug. 30 – Sep. 3, 2023, in multiple Washington, DC locations.


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