DC Jazz Fest 2016 – Back and Better Than Ever!

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The DC Jazz Festival is about to kick off to a great start, beginning June 10th and lasting all the way to June 19th! The event spans four locations across the Washington, D.C. area, giving you ample opportunity to check out one of the great shows these musicians have to offer. Since there are so many venues, dates, and performers, we wanted to provide you with a list breaking it down. That way, you can easily figure out when, where, and what time works best for you!


Hamilton Stage: With a late-night menu and trendy vibe, this venue is perfect for those who want to kick-back after work, grab a bite, and enjoy the show.

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Friday 6/10 – Regina Carter Quartet / Ben Williams & Sound Effect

Doors 7pm; Show 8:30pm

Saturday 6/11 – Kurt Elling / Jody Nardone Trio

Doors 7pm; Show 8:30pm

Sunday 6/12 – Etienne Charles Creole Soul / Jimmy Greene Quartet

Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm

Wednesday 6/15 – Cymande / Chelsey Green and The Green Project

Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm

Thursday 6/16 – Ernest Ranglin & Avila with special guest Yotam Silberstein

Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm

Friday 6/17 – Maceo Parker

Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm (Late Show: 10pm; Doors 9:30pm)

Saturday 6/18 – Smoke Sessions Records Presents Harold Mabern Quartet with special guest Eric Alexander/Steve Turre Quartet

Doors 7pm; Show 8:30pm

Sunday 6/19 – Joey DeFrancesco Trio/ Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles

Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm


Sixth & I Stage: This historic synagogue brings together secular culture and Judaism, guaranteed to create a thought-provoking and entertaining night in downtown D.C.

600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Sunday 6/12 – Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Show 8pm


A Night at the Kennedy Center: DC Jazzfest Salutes Howard University Jazz: Hosting the leaders of Jazz education at Howard University, this is sure to be a spectacular night hosted by elite musicians that shape the youth in our area and beyond.

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Monday 6/13 NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, gospel master Richard Smallwood, Greg Osby, Loston Harris, Mark Batson, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, Paul Carr, Afro Blue, Carroll Dashiell, Raymond Angry, Shelton Becton, Reginald Cyntje, Kris Funn, Savannah Harris, and more

Show 8pm


DC Jazzfest at the YARDS Stage: If you are looking for a festival experience, this venue is right for you! It overlooks the Anacostia River at Capitol Riverfront under a large white tent, spanning the last weekend of the Jazzfest.

355 Water St, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 (Off M St, near Navy Yard)

Friday 6/17 – GRRLS RULE:  Cissa Paz, Sharel Cassity & Elektra

Gates 5pm; Music till 10PM (FREE)

Saturday 6/18 – Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eddie Palmieri, The Chuck Brown Band, DCJazzPrix finalists

Gates 2pm; Music till 10pm (Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday 6/19 – Kamasi Washington, Igmar Thomas & Revive Big  Band with Talib Kweli, Bilal, and Ravi Coltrane, E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings, Fred Foss’ homage to NEA Jazz Master Jackie McLean

Gates 2pm; Music till 10pm (Children under 12 FREE)


Now with all the information right in front of you, help support the DC Jazzfest while enjoying one of Districts most exciting events of the summer. There’s no reason to miss out on one of these incredible shows filled with great artists!

For more information, visit the official site for the DC Jazz Festival here.

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