Friday, May 15, 2015

DC Jazz Festival & The Phillips Collection Present Jazz 'n Families Fun Days

From our friends at DC Jazz Festival...

Festival Prelude Celebrates the Jazz and the Visual Arts, June 6-7

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) and The Phillips Collection continue their partnership, hosting the highly popular annual Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. The free, weekend-long prelude to the 2015 DC Jazz Festival takes place at The Phillips Collection, and offers families enriching and enjoyable performances and activities that celebrate the synergy between jazz and the visual arts.

“We’ll have some of the region’s finest artists and rising stars performing in the Music Room and to improvised pieces inspired by The Phillips Collection’s intimate galleries, as well as fun-filled activities and a scavenger hunt to introduce children to the rich traditions of jazz and art,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “The Festival’s partnership with The Phillips Collection allows us to provide an unforgettable jazz and art experience for parents and children alike.”

Part of the annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, the two-day art-inspired celebration will feature musical performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising stars. The event also includes storytelling, an instrument petting zoo and hands-on workshops where families can create their own artwork surrounded by masterpieces from Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and more.

Featured performances and activities include:

Saturday, June 6
11:00 AM  Gallery Talk
12:00 PM  David Schulman and Quiet Life Motel
12:30 PM  Film: Oxygen for the Ears
1:00 PM  Herman Burney Trio Featuring Jazzin' at Sitar Students
1:30 PM  Interpreting Paintings Into Jazz - David Schulman
2:00 PM  Wade Beach Trio
3:00 PM  Antonio Parker Quartet
4:00 PM  Allyn Johnson Trio
4:30 PM  Interpreting Paintings Into Jazz - Herman Burney

Sunday, June 7
12:30 PM  Film: Oxygen for the Ears
12:30 PM  Gallery Talk
12:30 PM  Halley Shoenberg Jazz Quartet
1:00 PM  Susan Priester, Storyteller
1:30 PM  The Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet

All events are FREE at The Phillips Collection located at 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

The 2015 DC Jazz Festival will be held June 10-16. For a complete schedule and more information, visit

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About DC Jazz Festival (DCJF): 
With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues across the city, the DC JAZZFest 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. 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 DC JAZZFest will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit

Proud major sponsors of the DC JAZZFest (to date) include
Events DC; Forest City Washington, Capitol Riverfront BID, The Washington Post; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Squire Patton Boggs, LLP; LCG, Sage Communications; Clyde’s Restaurant Group and Hamilton Live; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Renaissance Hotels, Destination DC; WHUR; the Washington City Paper; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; Amtrak; WMATA; The Washington Informer; WAMU, Washington Parent, WPFW, and Hipnotic Records.