Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DC Jazz Festival Adds Soul Rebels, Jack DeJohnette & John Scofield Überjam Band

Soul Rebels has been added to this year's DC Jazz Festival

From our friends at the DC Jazz Festival...

Jazz Greats and More to Perform Across the Nation’s Capital, June 10-16

The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), today announced additional artists to its stellar lineup for the June 10-16 event.  New lineup additions include such acclaimed artists as guitar maestro John Scofield’s Überjam Band; NEA Jazz Master drummer Jack DeJohnette, and New Orleans supremely funky Soul Rebels, upholders of the Crescent City’s rich brass band tradition.

John Scofield, one of the premier guitarists of our time, will kick off the DCJF series at The Hamilton Live on Wednesday, June 10. Scofield will be joined by his , a name befitting the organic, deep groove nature of the band. Joining Scofield will be bassist Andy Hess (formerly of Gov’t Mule and the Black Crows), guitarist Avi Bortnick, and drummer Tony Mason.

Multiple poll-winning Jack DeJohnette is a true trailblazing percussionist, who is also an accomplished pianist. A man of many projects, on this occasion DeJohnette will pilot a very special trio. Joining Jack for this June 13 excursion at The Hamilton Live will be saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of the monumental John and Alice Coltrane. Further shades of the famous John Coltrane Quartet will be felt in the bass chair, manned by Matthew Garrison, the entrepreneurial son (co-operator of the Brooklyn creative music venue Shapeshifter Lab) of the late Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison.

The Soul Rebels will bring shades of the unique proto-jazz New Orleans brass band tradition, leavened with 21st century funk, to our Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards presentation on the Capitol Waterfront on Friday, June 12. That evening at The Yards will be completely free of charge, a DC Jazz Festival celebration and gift to our community.

And there’s still more to come! As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the DCJF reaches more than 60,000 visitors of all ages each year.

“Including many of our area’s finest artists, often in very unique showcase opportunities, and incorporating the fine curatorial eyes of our partner venues is one of the hallmarks of this great festival,” said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

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About the DC Jazz Festival
With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth, and celebrated its landmark 11th anniversary this year. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2015 DCJF will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and upcoming programs, visit