By Mike Goodman

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) recently announced its schedule for Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, celebrating the festival’s 15th anniversary, on June 7-16. The citywide event will bring jazz to all quadrants, with performances at more than 20 neighborhood venues. 

Southwest will play host at multiple venues, including the following shows:

  • Sandlot Southwest in Buzzard Point, at 1800 Half St., SW will feature Georgia Anne Muldrow, Justin Brown, Miles Okazaki and Brent Birckhead. June 8 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • The Anthem at 901 Wharf St., SW will feature Snarky Puppy and Jose James on June 14 at 8 p.m.; and Jon Batiste & Stay Human, and the Brass-A-Holics, on June 15 at 8 p.m.
  • Pearl Street Warehouse at 33 Pearl St., SW will host DCJazzPrix Finals: AmyAna, Ernest Turner Trio, and MIXCLA +1 on June 15 at 2:30 p.m.; and Witness Matlou Trio, Austin Giorgio, Anne Mette Iversen, Oleg Butman Quartet, and El Violin Latino on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods represents an exciting DC JazzFest partnership with DC clubs, restaurants, hotels, museums, parks, campuses, alternative and pop-up venues, and more in celebration of jazz in DC. For the 9th consecutive year, Jazz in the ‘Hoods will include a major presentation from CapitalBop, which is the Buzzard Point show. One of DC JazzFest’s distinctive partnerships, CapitalBop presents vibrant, fresh, original expressions by cutting-edge musicians at alternative venues and pop-ups.

The festival has a range of free and ticketed performances in more than 20 neighborhoods. In addition to the Southwest neighborhoods, shows will occur in Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Capitol Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Capitol Riverfront, Mount Pleasant, Kenilworth and Eastland Gardens, the H Street Corridor, Southeast, Takoma Park, Trinidad, Ivy City, the U Street Corridor and Van Ness.

The University of the District of Columbia is once again partnering with DCJF on music and education programs, as part of its ongoing Jazz Alive series. The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host the festival’s salute to legendary vocalist-pianist Nat “King” Cole celebrating the centennial of his birth, including free concerts featuring eight evenings of singing pianists in the grand Nat Cole tradition.

In addition to CapitalBop, other Jazz in the ‘Hoods partners include East River Jazz, Hamilton Live, City Winery, Anacostia BID, Downtown BID, Kreeger Museum, Twins Jazz, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Mr. Henry’s, Atlas Performing Arts Center, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Pearl Street Warehouse, The Brixton, Ivy City Smokehouse, and many more.

The grand finale, Great Masters of Jazz, will be hosted by world-renowned entertainer Nick Cannon on June 16 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Co-presented by the DC Jazz Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with support from Events DC, Great Masters of Jazz will celebrate the life and work of the legend Quincy Jones; the trailblazing trumpeter-bandleader Roy Hargrove; the highly influential song stylist Nancy Wilson; and DC’s own peerless pianist-vocalist Shirley Horn and saxophonist-educator Fred Foss. Featured performers and presenters include the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Patti Austin, Kenny Garrett, Justin Kauflin, Adam Clayton Powell III, Angela Stribling, Paxton Baker, Sharón Clark, Princess Mhoon Dance Project, and very special guests.

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