DC Jazz Festival
WISH LIST: $100: after-school music instruction for 5 students; $1000: master class with a renowned musician for 20 DCPS kids; $2500: 200 student tickets to a professional jazz performance
When can over 100,000 people experience the world's best jazz performers – from Roberta Flack to Poncho Sanchez to the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars? The answer is: every summer at over 50 venues in 20 neighborhoods of Washington. In celebration of our nation's original art form, the DC Jazz Festival offers exciting programs, and features internationally acclaimed performers for two weeks each June. Jazz in the Hoods brings live performance to local businesses in all four quadrants. Jazz ’n’ Families Fun Days welcomes all generations to the Phillips Collection for two days of concerts and education. Jazz on the National Mall draws 30,000 music-lovers to a free, all-day celebration. And the music doesn't stop there. Throughout the year, DC Jazz Festival works closely with non-profits like Sitar Arts Center and THEARC, and with DCPS and education non-profits, to offer free workshops and master classes in jazz, blues, Latin, and world music – and to weave music into core subjects such as math and history. Are you "jazzed" yet?