The 2018 DC Jazz Festival Merges Traditional, Modern and Emerging Jazz Excellence

      The 2018 DC Jazz Festival, held on the beautifully renovated  District Wharf waterfront, proved to be one of the most successful and vibrant jazz showcases the area has experienced in many years. A week long exhibition of many various jazz artists capped off with a free weekend festival on the DC waterfront and closing show at the newly opened Anthem Theater. This year’s festival introduced an array of exceptionally talented artists that are taking the jazz world by storm. 


     Urban Heat Advisory was in attendance to capture this year’s festival and share some of the highlights of one of the most distinguished jazz events on the east coast. Featured artists included: Leslie Odom, Jr., Maceo Parker, Robert Glasper, Christian Scott,  Pharaoh Sanders, Terrance Blanchard, Terri Lynn Carrington, Roy Hargrove, and a countless mixture of seasoned and emerging jazz artists. This years event will definitely go down as one of DC’s best, thanks to the tireless work and meticulous planning from DC Jazz Festival Executive Director Sunny Sumter and Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. 

Christian Scott  (aTunde Adjuah) performs a stellar set @ The 2018 DC Jazz Festival                        District Wharf Pier – 6/16/18
Addison Frei of AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton @ The 2018 DC Jazz Festival performing at DC Wharf Pier  6/16/18


Robert Glasper speaking during the DC Jazz Festival meet & greet session at DC Wharf Pier 6/16/18
AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton at the DC Jazz Festival 6/16/18
Leslie Odom, Jr. electrifying the crowd @ The 2018 DC Jazz Festival at The Anthem, DC 6/16/18


Behind the Scenes at The 2018 DC Jazz Festival 6/16/18



– Jamaal Bailey (Urban Heat Advisory) 

photo / video: Eric Bailey / William Bailey (Urban Heat Advisory) 

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