Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination
DC Jazz Festival
The large free concert on the Mall disappeared in 2012, but Executive Producer Charlie Fishman and Executive Director Sunny Sumter brought events to multiple locations such as new venue, The Hamilton, along with the Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, the Atlas in Northeast, the Phillips Collection gallery, Smithsonian Institution sites and the Kennedy Center.
The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival
Was launched in 2010 from the ashes of the former East Coast Jazz Festival. Held in February, the event is headed by saxophonist Paul Carr. It is growing steadily and features superb talent recruited from near and far.
Carr's release, Standard Domain, has been a Jazzweek chart topper featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Michael Bowie and drummer Lewis Nash.
Maryland Summer Jazz
This jazz camp draws adult students (16 to retirement age) and jazz fans from many states to its workshops, jams and concerts. The event receives high marks from students and faculty for solid curriculum and organization. An optional one-day theory class July 13 is followed by three days of jazz camp July 24 through 26. Public concerts: July 23 and 26.
Washington, DC Jazz Venues
Concert Halls & Major Presenters
Kennedy Center Jazz
The Howard Theatre
Washington Performing Arts Society (W.P.A.S.)
Eighteenth Street Lounge
Black Fox Lounge
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jazz Night in SouthwestWestminster Presbyterian Church
The LoftMultiple Locations
Hotels with Jazz
Gaylord National Hotel
Lead photo/page 1: Kyoko Takenaka for CapitalBop.
Elizabeth Fixsen contributed to the article.