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DCSEC Partners with Duke Ellington Jazz Festival to Present Jazz in the 'Hoods Performance Series

WI Staff | 6/4/2009, 6:04 a.m.

32 Venues to Host Nearly 80 Jazz Performances throughout D.C. June 5-15

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (DEJF) announced a partnership to host Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, a series of nearly 80 jazz performances and showcases spread out over 10 days and 32 venues within the District. Jazz in the 'Hoods is a major program of the DEJF. This year's fifth annual DEJF celebrates New Orleans and runs June 5-15 with performances by the Marsalis family, Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard among others.

€We are excited to partner with the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival to bring music and entertainment to our city in a widely accessible way with Jazz in the 'Hoods," said Erik Moses, CEO of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.

"The DEJF has done an outstanding job organizing this world-class destination music event year after year. We hope District residents and visitors take advantage of the opportunity to experience this quintessential American art form in neighborhoods throughout the nation's capital."

Jazz in the 'Hoods brings the atmosphere of larger festival activities to the more intimate atmosphere of favorite neighborhood establishments. With a variety of free and ticketed performances in 32 clubs, restaurants, hotels, and galleries in Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Downtown, DuPont Circle, Georgetown, Southeast, Southwest, U Street Northwest, and Woodley Park, Jazz in the 'Hoods is expected to draw 5,000 people.

€Jazz in the 'Hoods is designed to showcase the unique vitality of jazz as an intimate art form, as a music that brings people together in clubs, lounges and restaurants like it did in the U Street corridor back in Duke Ellington's time and like it's doing now," said Sunny Sumter, managing director of the DEJF.

"We're excited at how our partnership with the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission can make this program even more accessible for residents and tourists alike. It really is the perfect fit."

Celebrating the jazz history of Washington, D.C., the DEJF is the largest music festival in the city with more than 100 programs in almost 50 venues. It draws thousands of residents and visitors to see local and world-renowned jazz artists and to pay tribute to legendary jazz greats.

This year's fifth annual festival June 5-15 salutes New Orleans, the "birthplace of jazz," and its unique musical heritage with artists including Irma Thomas; Buckwheat Zydeco; Terence Blanchard; Harry Connick, Jr.,; Ellis Marsalis and his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, Jason and Ellis III; Rebirth Brass Band; and many others.

Highlights of the festival include two free Jazz on The National Mall concerts June 13-14; free educational activities including student concerts and two free Jazz 'n Families Fun Days at the Phillips Collection June 6-7; and the popular Jazz in the 'Hoods and Brunchin' in the 'Hoods.