Performances by Paquito DíRivera (pictured), Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Anat Cohen will be sure to generate the most buzz, but what gives this festival its character is the assortment of local performers, including saxophonist Antonio Parker, trumpeter and arranger Thad Wilson, and drummer Nasar Abadey. These pillars of D.C. jazz are what give the cityís music scene its distinct vibe. They also happen to have been a big influence on me when I was a kid just getting interested in jazz while growing up in the D.C. area.
Iíll be going down to attend the festival, so check in for my DEJF coverage.
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