City Paper is not for tourists
As it ages, the 2014 DC Jazz Festival is getting shorter: This year, it will run for six days from June 24 to June 29, down from nine days in 2013 and 10 the year before. But it’s making the most of the tighter timeframe, according to the lineup the festival announced today.
Last year’s one-night showcase (which featured The Roots) is expanding to three nights this time, and it will feature local favorites Akua Allrich and Frederic Yonnet along with Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey, and the jazz world’s hottest vocalist, Gregory Porter. The showcase will take place on the Capital Riverfront, a few blocks east of its former venue at Kastles Stadium.
Festival hub The Hamilton plans to host events every night of the fest, including performances by festival newcomers Snarky Puppy, Irma Thomas, and the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, along with mainstays Roy Hargrove and The Brass-A-Holics. (Another mainstay, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, will be performing at Sixth and I Synagogue.)
The festival will continue its collaboration with CapitalBop, which has integrated its Jazz Loft Series with the festival for the last two years, and East River Jazz. Both are part of its “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” programming that also includes Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, and Atlas Performing Arts Center—-although the lineup for this wing of the festival has not yet been announced.
Notably, the Kennedy Center is not mentioned among the venues this year; the past two years have found “Jazz Meets the Classics” keynotes there. According to festival producer Charlie Fishman, things just didn’t work out on the administrative side this year—-although they will present Senegalese bassist Cheikh Ndoye one evening on the Millennium Stage.