“The DC Jazz Festival is unusual in that it devotes itself wholeheartedly to the genre. While a lot of jazz festivals bait their schedules with pop and R&B performers, the vast majority of the 125 acts at this year’s event are bona fide jazz artists — and many of them are on the cutting edge. That’s because the festival is now run by two insiders: jazz vocalist Sunny Sumter and jazz journalist Willard Jenkins.
Now in its 11th year, the DC Jazz Festival will present music at 45 venues over 12 days. (The festival officially runs June 10-16, but Jazz in the ’Hoods events began this past Friday.) While rapper Common may be stretching the definition, the schedule is dominated by jazz musicians as famous as Esperanza Spalding and John Scofield and as underrated as Allison Miller and Gretchen Parlato. Here are some highlights; for the full schedule, go to www.dcjazzfest.org.“