Updated: Aug 13th, 2009 - 16:34:28
Having recently provided a jazz group for a private pre-inaugural dinner for President and Mrs. Obama and their family and friends, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (DEJF) Executive Producer Charles Fishman is turning his full attention back to this year's annual festival, the music event that has put Washington, DC, on the international jazz map. He and Sunny Sumter, DEJF's Managing Director, have announced big plans for this year's fifth anniversary, which will feature a spectacular celebration of New Orleans.
"We're excited to pay tribute to the unique, rich and diverse musical heritage of New Orleans," said Fisher. "We'll offer two free special performances on The National Mall this year and honor New Orleans' own musical treasure, pianist/composer/educator Ellis Marsalis, at our annual Jazz Masters concert presented at and in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts," added Sumter.
Adds Sumter, who also directs the [UTF-8?]festival's education program, "We've expanded the festival to 11 days from seven days last year, which enables us to include more free and community-based programs, such as two Jazz n Families Fun Days at the Phillips Collection. And we've moved the festival permanently to June to have broader appeal to residents and tourists alike, who usually have more flexible schedules in the summer and whose children will be out of school."
The DEJF will present over 100 programs in almost 50 venues, bringing jazz to every part of the city and to every level of fan from young to old, artist to student, resident to tourist. For schedule and ticket information, visit www.DEJAZZFEST.org
2009 DEJF Festival: Celebrating New Orleans - Artists Include:
Paquito D'Rivera, DEJF Artistic Adviser
Terence Blanchard Harry Connick, Jr.
Duke Ellington Orchestra Bob French's Original Tuxedo Band
Donald Harrison Little Freddie King
Branford Marsalis Ellis Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis Jason Marsalis
Nicholas Payton Rebirth Brass Band
Dr. Billy Taylor Irma Thomas
Don Vappie & the Jazz Creole Serenaders Dr. Michael White
2009 DEJF Festival: Celebrating New Orleans - Day by Day Highlights:
(Further program details to follow)
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden * National Gallery of Art
Jazz in the 'Hoods
June 5-15 Jazz in the 'Hoods * Evening shows in clubs and hotels around the city
Jazz 'n Families Fun Days
June 6-7 Jazz 'n Families Fun Days - 2 free days of music & activities * Phillips Collection
6PM - Kennedy Center Millennium Stage concerts
Paquito D'Rivera presents Dr. Michael White * Embassy of France
Two FREE Days on The National Mall
June 13: 1pm * Sylvan Theater
Terence Blanchard, Rebirth Brass Band, Little Freddie King, Nicholas Payton, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders
June 14: 1pm * Sylvan Theater
Buckwheat Zydeco, Bob French's Original Tuxedo Band, Davell Crawford, Donald Harrison, Irma Thomas
Closing Concert: Celebrating a Jazz Master: Ellis Marsalis
June 15: 730pm * John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ellis Marsalis Tribute Concert at the Kennedy Center featuring Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis; Harry Connick, Jr; Dr. Billy Taylor. Maestro Marsalis will receive the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.
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