2019 DC Jazz Festival: a picture review
June is African American Music Appreciation Month. It is the time of year chosen to celebrate the artistic accomplishments and influences of African-American people. Music born of struggle and triumph, captivity and what it means to be free, spirituality and religious doctrine, politics and protest, racial pride and learned insecurities, romantic love and longing, African-American music is the fabric of America. From June 6-16, 2019, Washington, DC brought in African-American Music Month with a celebration of America’s classical music (better known as jazz) during its 15th annual DC Jazz Festival. Artists from around the globe converged on the District for over 150 performances presented at 40 venues. From Anacostia to the Kennedy Center to U Street to the Wharf, the DC Jazz Festival brought jazz from around the world to the communities within this nation’s capital. Not only that, but the DC Jazz Festival also provided musical/performance opportunities to the sons and daughters of DC’s own jazz music scene.
Here’s a recap in pictures of performances held during the Festival’s closing weekend: