Christian McBride and Ron Carter to Headline DC JazzFest

Christian McBride and Ron Carter

The nation’s capital will be swinging hard this year during the DC JazzFest as bass masters Christian McBride and Ron Carter will be among the headliners. The festival runs from August 31st through September 4th, with Carter appearing on the 3rd and McBride on the 4th.

“This year’s DCJF lineup boasts a fertile, intriguing range of what makes jazz music an international phenomenon, from established masters in the classic jazz tradition, to ever-inquisitive boundary-breakers, to exciting emerging talents, and some of the DC Metro region’s finest,” said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

Carter celebrated his 85th birthday this May with a special night at Carnegie Hall. The night featured several of his band lineups, but his appearance in DC will be with his trio. Check out their recent Tiny Desk Concert:

Similarly, McBride will be showcasing his band Inside Straight, with whom he released Live at the Village Vanguard last year. Hear the band ripping it up on “Stick & Move”, with an unreal trading section between McBride and drummer Carl Allen.

The DC JazzFest will be hosted at Washington DC’s waterfront neighborhood, The Wharf. Other artists include Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, Orrin Evans, Cindy Blackman Santana, Mambo Legends Orchestra, Emmett Cohen Trio, and more. Visit the DC JazzFest website for tickets and more info.

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