This year's DC JazzFest will run from September 1-5, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, DCJF had postponed this year’s festival to September as a celebration of all things jazz in DC, with a tentpole weekend at the District Wharf, a waterfront destination with restaurants, shops, and stunning views. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place September 4-5, over Labor Day Weekend, as a hybrid of in-person performances and live streaming to a worldwide audience.

The largest jazz festival in the nation’s capital, the 17th annual DC JazzFest will feature a robust lineup of incredible artists – from homegrown talent to NEA Jazz Masters – with concerts citywide. The variety of festival experiences across the city will include in-person and live stream performances, up-close and personal “Meet the Artist” conversations, and the DCJazzPrix international jazz band competition finals from Union Stage.

“While we are still in the middle of a challenging time, DC JazzFest is working closely with our DC partners to deliver a safe, world-class festival featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “The well-being of our patrons, artists and festival production team is a top priority and the move from June to September will support a safe festival experience for all.”

The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) has also announced that applications are now live for its annual international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix. Potential applicants will find guidelines and submission requirements at dcjazzfest.org/dcjazzprix

"DCJazzPrix is unique in that it aims to identify and showcase emerging and exceptional jazz band talent from an international perspective," said Sumter, adding, "DCJazzPrix is designed to help launch and further promote the careers of emerging jazz ensembles who are committed to sustained and creative band development and performance opportunities."

DCJF will announce its full lineup and more details on our citywide celebration in late spring. 

For more information about the 2021 DC Jazz Fest and the DC JazzPrix, please stay connected to the DC Jazz Festival at dcjazzfest.org. 

LEE MERGNER
JAZZTIMES
"Given the challenges that this organization faced over the last 18 months and what they accomplished in presenting jazz in all its very real diversity, yeah, I guess so." Read this review here. 

 

ALLEN SCOTT
ALL THAT'S JAZZ
Sunny Sumter is President & CEO of the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), an organization that provides enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz; our nation’s singular original art form. Listen to this podcast here.

 

LEE MEGNER
JAZZTIMES
Giveton Gelin Quintet, Camilla George, and Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCe will compete for $15,000 grand prize and other benefits at the festival on Sept. 5. Read more here.

 

EDITOR
JAZZTIMES
Regina Carter, Orrin Evans, Lakecia Benjamin, and the Maria Schneider and Spanish Harlem Orchestras headline the September event. Read more about this announcement here.

 

CHRISTIAN WISSMULLER
JAZZED MAGAZINE
The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced DJ D-Nice will host a special dance party to conclude the DC JazzFest at The Wharf on September 5, 2021. DCJF’s signature event, DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place September 4-5over Labor Day Weekend, as a hybrid of in-person and livestreamed performances in front of a global audience. Check this announcement here.

 

JAZZ CORNER
Read the 2021 DCJazzPrix application announcement here. 

JAZZTIMES
Read the DCJazzPrix contest announcement here

JEREMY SMITH
LAST ROW MUSIC
Read the International Band Competition announcement here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
Professional jazz vocalist/seasoned art executive Sunny Sumter has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the DC Jazz Festival Organization. “I look forward to continuing to grow the annual DC JazzFest, one of the District’s cultural destinations, while finding more ways to introduce fans, young and old, to jazz,” says Sumter via a press release. The 2021 DC JazzFest is set to take place on September 1-5. Click here for more. 

REPUBLIC OF JAZZ
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BROADWAY WORLD
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MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
The DC JazzPrix mentioned in The Week in Jazz. Read it here

JACKSON SINNENBERG
CAPITAL BOP
The DC Jazz Festival is aiming for a return to in-person programming this fall, including some events at the Wharf in Southwest, organizers announced this week. Read this article here.