Since 1978, June has been officially celebrated as African American Music Appreciation Month. The District begins this June with the annual DC Jazz Festival. Jazz serves as one of the pillars of African American music, characterized by characterized by brass and woodwind syncopation. Start your celebration of African American Music Month with a week full of funky beats and tunes.

Friday, June 9:

The Official DC Jazz Fest Opening Ceremony

The festival opens at 8 p.m. in the Howard Theater. Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway, the daughter of Donnie Hathaway, kicks off the week.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods

Throughout the week of festivities, the DC Jazz Festival has partnered with local clubs, restaurants and venues across the city to feature jazz bands in different concerts.

Saturday, June 10:

Jazzfest at the Howard Theatre

Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts honors seven jazz musicians after a tenured and prosperous career, which is the highest honor awarded to jazz artists. The Howard Theatre will host NEA Jazz Masters Roy Haynes (with his Fountain of Youth Band) and Ron Carter, the most recorded bassist in music history, in concert with guitarist Russell Malone.

Friday, June 16:

Jazzfest at The Yards

The Jazzfest at The Yards is a three-day concert for fans at the Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront, which overlooks the Anacostia River. Featured artists include Gregory Porter, Black Violin, Youngjoo Song Septet, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles.

For a complete list of events, click here.