DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz; unifies diverse communities; advances jazz and music education with exciting and adventurous musical experiences; shines the spotlight on DC-based musicians; and highlights DC as a premier cultural destination. Our signature programs are the annual DC JazzFest, DC’s largest jazz festival, recognized as a world-class event; Jazz in the ’Hoods with citywide partnerships in 20+ neighborhoods; DC JazzFest at The Wharf, our marquee weekend with free outdoor stages; the year-round DCJF Education Program in partnership with DC public and charter schools and arts centers; the Charles Fishman Embassy Series honoring our founder; and the DCJazzPrix international band competition. DC Jazz Festival won the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Industries. The New York Times named DC JazzFest one of "50 Essential Summer Festivals." www.dcjazzfest.org
for 19th Annual DC JazzFest (2023)
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
Read the complete interview with Willard Jenkins and Sunny Sumpter here.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"The diversity on display at the DC Jazz Festival, from its mix of venues that included Rhizome, to the grand festival stages on the piers of the Potomac, made for a memorable four days with something for every music fan." Check out the full review here.
for 18th Annual DC JazzFest (2022)
"Reeves ignited an undeniable rapport with Evans’ Captain Black Big Band in an enthralling performance that one hopes is just the first of more collaborations to come." Read the complete review here.
Read the full interview and feature on DC JazzFest CEO Sunny Sumter here.
D. KEVIN MCNEIR
"One could not help but hear the excitement in Sumter’s voice.." Read the news article here.
JAZZ & BEYOND INTEL
"..the DC Jazz Festival, in its 18th year, has grown to become the most vital and creative jamboree of established stars as well as impressive upstarts who fill the air with artistic joy." Read the article here.
for 17th Annual DC JazzFest (2021)
"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.
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 4-5, over Labor Day Weekend, as a hybrid of in-person and livestreamed performances in front of a global audience. Check this announcement here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
for 16th Annual DC JazzFest (2020)
As the longtime executive director of the DC Jazz Festival, Sunny Sumter has guided the festival through over a decade of growth, turning it into one of the country’s leading music festivals. That was already a hefty task. But this year, her job got even more complicated when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Read the full article here.
The world’s a very small place during lockdown. On one hand, we’re severely restricted with where we can (and can’t) go. On the other, the virtual DC Jazz Festival is as accessible to people in Southern California as it is to jazz-heads in Washington DC itself. Read the full article here.