DC Jazz Festival kicks off, bringing music to students, neighborhoods

The DC Jazz Festival is underway, and you can expect to see and hear more than 100 performances, in 40 neighborhoods in June.

In Southeast Washington, young students got a music lesson on old-school sounds, hitting a high note with new artists. Day One brought the W.E.S. Group to DCPS students.

"When I grow up I really want to be a musician," says David Anderson, a 5th grade student.

"That's what the jazz festival is all about, bringing up a new generation of listeners," says Dr. William Smith, W.E.S. Group director.

The annual event is a reminder of just how vibrant the jazz and music culture has been in Washington. The most notable D.C. jazz musician is Duke Ellington.

"It really is our opportunity to bring kids in and help them understand and appreciate jazz," says Sunny Sumter, executive director of the DC Jazz Festival. "This is the birthplace of Duke Ellington, and all along U Street, there were performances throughout the 50's and 60's."

And through the 16th of June, the spotlight will shine again on D.C. and world renowned artists.

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