DC Jazz Festival Pays Tribute to National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Kenny Barron and Ron Carter

May 3, 2012 - Washington, DC — The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) will present its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to two of the world’s most renowned jazz artists, Kenny Barron and Ron Carter, at its 8th annual Festival, held June 1-10. Each year the DCJF honors jazz greats for their indelible lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity. Past awardees include Jimmy Heath, Eddie Palmieri, James Moody, Ellis Marsalis, George Wein, Buck Hill, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor and Dave Brubeck.

Mr. Barron and Mr. Carter will be honored at the Festival’s signature concert, Jazz Meets the Classics in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Classical Jazz Quartet, which includes Mr. Barron, Mr. Carter, Stefon Harris and Lewis Nash, will perform unique and exciting jazz interpretations of works by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

“This year, the DC Jazz Festival honors an undisputed master of jazz piano, Kenny Barron, and one of the world’s most recorded jazz bassists, Ron Carter,” said Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DC Jazz Festival. “With our Lifetime Achievement Award, we recognize their enduring contributions to the jazz genre and community.”

Kenny Barron has been lauded as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” by The Los Angeles Times and “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Weekly. His unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms has earned him nine Grammy Award nominations and countless honors. Mr. Barron joined jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie's celebrated quintet in 1962, during which time he developed an acute appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. In 1974, he recorded the first of more than 40 albums, Sunset To Dawn. From 1973 to 2000, he served as professor of music at Rutgers University, where he mentored many of today's young talents, including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell.

Virtuoso bassist, cellist, composer, educator and author, Ron Carter’s reputationin the music world is peerless. He performs with stunning virtuosity and impeccable taste as both a leader of his own groups and a supportive collaborator. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, the two-time Grammy Award-winner has recorded and performed with many of the greatest names in music, including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Sonny Rollins, B.B. King and Carlos Santana, among countless others. Mr. Carter has lectured, conducted and performed at clinics and masters classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music. He has authored a series of books, among which is Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions.

Jazz Meets the Classics- Tickets($20 - $65)
Monday, June 4, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Classical Jazz Quartet w/ opening concert by Paquito D’Rivera Sextet

Additional programs with Kenny Barron and Ron Carter include:

Jazz in the ‘Hoods- Tickets ($38 Advance, $43 Door)
Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Bohemian Caverns
Ron Carter Quartet

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days- FREE
Sunday, June 3, 4:00 p.m., The Phillips Collection
NEA Jazz Masters Live: Meet the Artistw/ Kenny Barron & WPFW’s Rusty Hassan

Proud major sponsors and partners of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include Events DC; ABC 7-TV/WJLA/NewsChannel 8; Patton Boggs LLP; Sage Communications; The Washington Post; Microsoft Corporation, The Phillips Collection; Destination DC; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; UnitedHealth Group, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park; the Washington City Paper; Verizon; the Mayo Charitable Foundation; LCG Systems; Bacardi USA; Dworbell Inc.; DownBeat; Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck; Amtrak; Metro; and the NEA Foundation, among others.

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About the DC Jazz Festival

With over 100 performances in nearly 50 venues, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. A project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the DCJF is one of the most highly-anticipated cultural events in the nation’s capital. The Festival has garnered widespread media acclaim, and has quickly become recognized within the global jazz community. The DCJF presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that promote music integration in school curricula, and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2012 DC Jazz Festival will take place June 1 - 10. For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and upcoming programs, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

The DC Jazz Festival® is a project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  NEA Jazz Masters Live is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.