DC Jazz Festival 2016

Famous trumpeter Wynton Marsalis once said, “Jazz is America’s past and its potential.” Jazz music has been captivating U.S. audiences for decades, especially here in the D.C. area.

This week, D.C.’s annual Jazz Festival celebrates its 11th year of educating the community and showcasing both internationally known and emerging jazz artists from D.C. and beyond. Here are a few highlights of this year’s festival:

2016 Jazzfest at The Yards

This three-day musical event takes place at the Yards Park near the Capitol Riverfront. Performances begin Friday 6/17 and run through Sunday, 6/19. Performers include Cissa Paz, the Chuck Brown Band, Kamasi Washington and Talib Kweli. General admission tickets are $45, but Friday’s performances are free.

2016 DC JazzFest at The Hamilton Live

The Hamilton is a hip American-fusion restaurant near Metro Center with a large downstairs area for music. Beginning on Friday June 10 and running through June 19, a host of high-caliber jazz musicians will be playing evenings at The Hamilton, including saxophonist Maceo Parker, vocalist Kurt Elling, and Grammy-winning keyboardist Cory Henry.

A Night at the Kennedy Center

On June 13, the DC JazzFest celebrates Howard University and its rich history of Jazz music at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Performers include Benny Golson, Tim Warfield, Greg Osby and HU’s Afro Blue a cappella vocal ensemble. The show starts at 8:00 PM.

For full lineups or to buy tickets, visit the DC Jazz Festival’s official website. If you’re looking for accommodations for the festival, there’s no better place than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a free shuttle to the Huntington metro, easy access to D.C. and great amenities like free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is an ideal base for you to take in the smooth sounds of this year’s DC Jazz Festival.

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