Hancock and Bridgewater are slated to speak and perform at the opening ceremony of D.C.’s International Jazz Day in Dupont Circle park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. They’ll be joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser, United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova (pictured on the left) and students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (2501 11th St. NW).
Other jazz musicians will jam in the park between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day. The full schedule is as follows:
- 11:00 a.m. — Aleksandra Denda Group presented by LeitmotivArts and the Embassy of Serbia
- 12:00 p.m. — Crush Funk Brass
- 1:00 p.m. — Woodrow Wilson High School Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- 2:00 p.m. — Davey Yarborough Quintet featuring Esther Williams
- 3:00 p.m. — José André Jazz Trio in partnership with the Embassy of Bolivia, with special appearance by Marcus Miller
- 3:25 p.m. — The Lucky So & So’s
- 4:00 p.m. — Nasar Abadey Quartet
- 5:00 p.m. — Art Sherrod, Jr.
- 6:00 p.m. — Collaboration
- 7:00 p.m. — Dupont Brass
Other events happening across the city include a walking jazz tour of U Street, film screenings and panel discussions. Click here to view all of the events taking place across the District on Saturday.
International Jazz Day is an annual event created by UNESCO to “highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe,” according to the event’s website. Though this year’s iteration will be hosted in D.C., previous festivals have been hosted in Paris, Osaka and Istanbul.
— InternationalJazzDay (@IntlJazzDay) March 30, 2016
Photo via UNESCO