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DC Jazz Fest Kicks Off at The Wharf After Last Year’s Virtual Event


The DC Jazz Festival is taking place in person from Wednesday, September 1, to Sunday, September 5 at The Wharf.

The 17th edition of the annual festival features more than 20 concerts, interviews and exclusive events with international and local superstars. It will also include livestream performances for a worldwide audience.

In 2020, the DC Jazz Festival was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival’s updated health and safety policies require all attendees to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result obtained within the past 72 hours along with a matching photo ID. It applies to attendees of both indoor and outdoor events.

The lineup for the 2021 DC JazzFest includes:

  • Regina Carter
  • John Scofield
  • D-Nice
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra
  • The Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Pedrito Martinez Group
  • Orrin Evans Presents “Terreno Comum”
  • Lakecia Benjamin Presents: “Pursuance”
  • Cyrus Chestnut
  • Allyn Johnson
  • Afro Blue
  • Jenny Scheinman
  • Laurin Talese
  • Immanuel Wilkins Quartet
  • The String Queens
  • Carr/Keys
  • The Michael Bowie Trio
  • The EJB Quartet
  • Ernest Turner Trio
  • Chuck Redd

There also special presentations:

  • A Grand Night for Strings starring Regina Carter and featuring Jenny Scheinman, The String Queens, and The Michael Bowie Trio
  • Celebrating Billy Taylor’s Centennial featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Allyn Johnson, Afro Blue, Winard Harper, and Chip Jackson
  • Tribute to the Legendary Saxophonist Andrew White featuring Kevin Toney, Steve Novosel, Keith Killgo, Antonio Parker and special guests
  • The 7th Annual DCJazzPrix Finals: The Giveton Gelin Quintet, Camilla George, and Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCé

For further information, you can contact the festival’s publicist Lydia Liebman at

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