DC Jazz Fest rocks 12 venues citywide

From WTOP:

Get ready for five toe-tapping days with 120 concerts in over 12 venues in the nation’s capital.

The 19th annual D.C. Jazz Festival returns this Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 3.

“If you’re looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend, come to D.C. Jazz Fest,” Sunny Sumter, president and CEO of the festival, told WTOP. “We started in 2004 on a paper napkin. I’ve always got to give a ‘thank you’ shoutout to Charles Fishman and his wife Stephanie Peters, who are the founders. … The mission is to celebrate all things jazz. … Jazz is really a thriving art form in D.C. and I would say that we’ve become one of the most important jazz hubs in the country.”

The festival kicks off on Wednesday at Eaton D.C., the Kennedy Center and Embassy of Sweden. It continues Thursday at The Kennedy Center, The Parks at Walter Reed and The Kreeger Museum.

“You definitely want to go see George V. Johnson, another fantastic vocalist at Millennium Stage, he’ll be doing a free concert,” Sumter said. “There is an outdoor free event featuring Alex Hamburger and Jose Luiz Martins. They happen to be married, but they’ll have their own individual sets at The Parks at Walter Reed in Upper Northwest. Then we have EJB’s East Coast All Stars at The Kreeger Museum. … Everybody in town loves Elijah Balbed.”

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