By AFRO Staff

The D.C. Jazz Festival took place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at multiple locations throughout the city at venues including the Kennedy Center, the District Pier and Arena Stage. Black performers and lovers of jazz traveled from as far as California to take part in the celebration. The festival was started in 2004 by husband and wife duo Charles Fisherman and Stephanie Peters, offering a wide array of the activities that are in large, free of charge. Organizers and attendees commemorated the nineteenth year of the event in 2023, with well known artists such as Samara Joy, Orrin Evans and Gregory Porter gracing the stage.