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Duke Ellington Jazz Festival 2010

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Washington DC Jazz Festival
Courtesy of the Washington DC Jazz Festival
The 2010 Washington, D.C. Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, will take place in dozens of venues across Washington, D.C. in early June. Local artists will be featured in the "Jazz in the 'Hoods" series, and international acts will perform at the Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Theater, and the Kennedy Center.

When:

June 1th – 13th, 2010

Where:

Washington, D.C.

  • Jazz in the Hoods – dozens of jazz clubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants all over Washington, D.C. will host local and world-renowned acts alike. In Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Downtown, U Street, Georgetown, and more – the streets will be brimming with music.
  • Jazz at the Lisner Auditorium – In years past, the festival has hosted an all-day headline event at the National Mall. This year, the event will be held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on June 12th, and will feature Claudio Roditi, Eddie Palmieri, Dianne Reeves, and Roy Hargrove.
  • NEA Jazz Master Concert – On June 10th, the National Endowment of the Arts will honor saxophonist James Moody with a a concert featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, featuring Roy Hargrove, Regina Carter, Roberta Gambarini, Kenny Barron, and Paquito D'Rivera.
  • Jazz'N Families Fun Day - The Phillips Collection will host a free weekend of jazz and visual arts for kids on June 5th and 6th. The event will include jazz performances, story-telling, art workshops, and an instrument petting zoo.
  • Jazz Under the Stars - On Friday, June 11th, Latin Jazz stars Poncho Sanchez, Edmar Castaneda, and Paquito D'Rivera perform in the open air at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.
  • Paquito D'Rivera Presents - Clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and dancer Mayte Vicens present a concert of Jelly Roll Morton tunes arranged by Michael Phillip Mossman to highlight their "Latin Tinge." Jelly Roll Morton, the famous ragtime pianist, felt that the "Latin Tinge" was what made early jazz so exciting and infectious.

D.C.’s Jazz Fest

The best part about the Washington, D.C. Jazz Festival is that it shines a light on the entire jazz community all at once, reminding Washingtonians that there is an alternative to the inevitable stuffiness in the nation’s capital: a thriving jazz scene. Often eclipsed by the New York City jazz bubble, Washington has its own soulful, swinging music. In fact, Duke Ellington was born in Washington, and began his career as a bandleader there. One of the oldest jazz clubs in the country, Blues Alley, continues to present top jazz artists. The city is home to dozens of clubs and restaurants that feature local jazz musicians, and preserve the long Washington D.C. jazz tradition.

For more information, visit the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Website.

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