Latin-flavored D.C. Jazz Fest Begins June 5

Paquito d'Rivera at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. June 14, 2013 at 7:30PM and 9:30PM
Lane Pederson
Paquito d'Rivera at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. June 14, 2013 at 7:30PM and 9:30PM

The ninth annual D.C. Jazz Festival is dancing its way back to the District this June with more than 125 shows across the city. Jazz will take over the city June 5 through June 16.

D.C. is still very much a “jazz town,” as it was when festival director and founder Charlie Fishman decided D.C. was just the place for a jazz festival in 2004. Nine years later, jazz is as alive as ever in D.C. This year’s encompassing concept, "Jazz Meets the Latin Classics," highlights the Latin flavor of the classic roots of D.C. jazz.

Jazz at the Hamilton Live returns for a second year for D.C. Jazz with live jazz nightly throughout the festival. Events D.C. presents the "Jazz in the 'Hoods" program, stretched jazz from corner to corner of the District, featuring Jazz at the Howard Theatre and the CapitolBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series. The Loft Series will wrap up with the all-night Blowout Show at D.C. Jazz Loft Pop-Up Hall on June 15.

The D.C. jazz world is buzzing about the Roots, which will conclude the D.C. Jazz Festival June 15 with a show at a new jazz fest venue, Kastles Stadium at the Wharf.

Keep a lookout for D.C. Jazz Festival tickets on Facebook and Twitter giveaways from The Georgetowner.

Visit www.dcjazzfest.org for a complete list of show times, locations, and ticket information.

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