FYIDC: All That Jazz Fest

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The DC Jazz Festival returns with over 100 unique visual art and music performances from renowned musical legends including Bobby McFerrin, Claudia Acuña and the Heath Brothers.
By Sheila Mulhern

Last years Jazz' n Families Fun Days (Photo by Ronald H. Greene )

The DC Jazz Festival is returning with a full schedule of music-friendly events and over 100 performances which runs from June 1st-13th.  This is the best time to get your summer fill of bluesy musical fever.  For the full event listing, check their online schedule.

The Phillips Collection announced the continuation of their partnership with DC Jazz Festival and will be hosting the highly popular, free, weekend -long Jazz’ n Families Fun Days. The visual art and music festival will run from Saturday June 4th to Sunday June 5th.  Workshops for kids that fuse art and music will be offered where they can create their own masterpieces amid the Phillips Collection works or get hands on with jazz instruments at the “instrument petting zoo”.

Jazz on the Mall will also make a return with free performances on Sunday, June 12th at 1 p.m. from Frédéric Yonnet, Claudia Acuña, Roy Hargrove & The RH Factor, and the Eddie Palmieri All-Star Salsa Orchestra.

A Night in Treme: The Musical Majestry of New Orleans at the Kennedy Center will bring the flavor of New Orleans jazz from a key profile of its post-Katrina rebirth from the HBO hit series Treme.  Actor Wendell Pierce, who portrays trumbonist Antoine Batiste on the series will host the event with performances by Donald Harrison Jr. (alto sax), James Andrews (singer, trumpeter), Dr. Michael White (clarinetist) and Big Sam Williams (trombone). The performance is on Monday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased ahead online.

Bobby McFerrin Concert at the Warner Theatre on Saturday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. will feature performances from the Dont’ Worry Be Happy singer along with latest recording VOCAbuLarieS, with Howard University’s Afro Blue Reunion Choir. Tickets are also available ahead online.

Jazz' n Families Fun Days. Photo by Ronald H. Greene

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