D.C. Jazz Festival bringing soul to the city

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From sax to swing and blues to bebop, the smooth, sweet sounds of jazz will fill the halls of the nation’s capital over the next two weeks for the eighth annual D.C. Jazz Festival.

D.C. native Marshall Keys is among the more than 125 performers featured in nearly 60 different locations in 21 neighborhoods across the city.

Marshall was just 13 when he was introduced to jazz music through the D.C. youth orchestra program and now he plays for audiences all over the world.

“There's a lot of great music here, I've been playing a long time and there are a lot of great talent here male and female,” Keys said.

Many of those great musicians will be up on stage from now until June 13.

From family-friendly events and lessons to late night club concerts, there’s something for everyone.

“People come in they laugh and smile, bring their friends and family it really is a celebration,” said Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of the D.C. Jazz Festival.

This jazz in June is the largest music festival in the city. Events include Jazz Meets the Classics, performances at the Howard Theatre and Hamilton Live and, just days after his homegoing service, a celebration of the life of legendary Chuck Brown.

Keys calls this festival one of the best things that’s happened to jazz in the city and something “music is about entertainment so if we have fun they have fun we've done our job.”

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