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Jazz it Up With HillFest

The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (CHJF) is proud to announce the return of HillFest! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the annual music festival returns to the Hill on Wednesday Oct. 5th through Saturday Oct. 8th, 2022.

HillFest is an annual week-long music conference concluding with a day-long music festival held outdoors in Garfield Park Saturday, Oct 8. The event is produced by CHJF with support from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

“We are excited to present another year of activities that celebrate the breadth of jazz education programs in Washington DC,” said Herb Scott, Founder and Executive Director of CHJF.

The foundation works to financially assist District based jazz musicians, venues and education programs. CHJF serves the District’s jazz community though HillFest, arts advocacy on behalf of District jazz musicians and a weekly jazz jam session at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). This year, attendees can step up on stage at the Jazz Jam, held Wednesday, Oct 5 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a special added jam at 21 at 21 (21 Gessford Ct. SE) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

This year’s event features two days of conference-style interviews, including sessions with bassist Michael Bowie and the world’s first African-American piano manufacturer, Warren Shadd. They will be interviewed by jazz journalist Keanna Faircloth, host of Evening Jazz on WPFW FM.

The kick-off concert takes place with the Friday masterclass with Billy Harper at The Yard (700 Penn Ave. SE, Second Floor) and with a performance by Julian Berkowitz at Mr. Henry’s.

HillFest is crowned by Saturday’s all-day free concert on two stages in Garfield Park (800 Third St. SE) featuring internationally touring and recording star Billy Harper and fifteen other regional and local acts including the Imani-Grace Cooper Quartet, Julian Berkowitz and Eric Williams.

The Saturday concert event includes special performances for children at the kid’s stage, food and arts-and-crafts vendors, dancing and so much more.

Main stages are located in the park along F Street SE: one at Second Street and the other at Canal Street SE. There are also additional events at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and at Mr. Henry’s

“Capitol Hill is now among the most prolific and highly regarded arts districts in Washington and the whole region,” said David Weiner, CHJF Board Vice Chair and Director of 21 at 21. “And HillFest, with its return to in-person presentation, is the capstone event of the outdoor season.”

For a full schedule, list of performers, participants in conference panels and marketplace, please visit www.hillfest.org. For more information about CHJF, visit www.capitolhilljazzfoundation.org

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