Mambo Legends Orchestra Among Lineup at 18th Annual DC JazzFest

The upcoming DC JazzFest is excited to have Mambo Legends Orchestra join its 2022 lineup! The iconic Latin Jazz group made up of former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra is one of several Latin headliners at the 18th Annual DC JazzFest, taking place from August 31 through September 4 with DC JazzFest at The Wharf on September 3-4, over Labor Day Weekend.

The Mambo Legends Orchestra is led by John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Mitch Frohman and musically directed by José Madera, each having spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente. MLO focuses and dedicates its sound to the ‘50s and ‘60s Palladium era, maintaining Puente’s influence and continuing to transcend boundaries with their prodigious big band sounds and rhythms.

This blockbuster DC JazzFest weekend will also include performances from Ron Carter, Christian McBride, NAACP Image Award winner The Baylor Project; Canadian drummer Larnell Lewis, a regular drummer in the popular band Snarky Puppy, fast-emerging steel pan artist Joy Lapps-Lewis, French saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli, the Haitian ensemble Vox Sambou.

Pianist and keyboardist Dayramir González will also join the 2022 DCJF lineup after winning the 2021 DC JazzPrix alongside Bahamian trumpeter Giveton Gelin (who will also perform). González, who hails from Havana, has become a staple in the modern Afro-Cuban jazz scene. Fox News Latino describes his sound as “a kind of music that suggests a whimsical romantic entanglement.”

DC JazzFest will be hosted at The Wharf, DC’s premier waterfront neighborhood and destination. Located on a lovely stretch of the historic Potomac River, The Wharf is full of scintillating restaurants and clubs, vibrant retail, and first-class hotels and offices. The neighborhood’s monumental views and bustling riverside promenade are accessible by nearby Metro service, highway, and water taxi service.

“This year’s DCJF lineup boasts a fertile, intriguing range of what makes jazz music an international phenomenon, from established masters in the classic jazz tradition, to ever-inquisitive boundary-breakers, to exciting emerging talents, and some of the DC Metro region’s finest,” said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

The largest jazz festival in the nation’s capital, the 18th Annual DC JazzFest will feature a robust lineup of performers – from local legends to NEA Jazz Masters – with concerts across several venues. This year’s Festival experiences will include in-person performances, up-close-and-personal “Meet the Artist” conversations, and indoor performances at Arena Stage and Union Stage including the DCJazzPrix international emerging jazz band competition Finals live at Union Stage at The Wharf.

The 2022 DC JazzFest Lineup, to date, includes:

Christian McBride - Dianne Reeves – Ron Carter – Regina Carter – Orrin Evans – Captain Black Big Band – Cindy Blackman Santana – Mambo Legends Orchestra – The Baylor Project – Emmet Cohen Trio – Vox Sambou – Patrick Zimmerli (w/ Chris Potter – EJ Strickland) – Heidi Martin – Donvonte McCoy – Letter One/Rising Star guitarist Dan Wilson – Larnell Lewis Quintet w/ Joy Lapps-Lewis – Chien Chien Lu – 2021 DCJazzPrix co-winners Giveton Gelin Quintet and Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCE – The 8th Annual DCJazzPrix Finals: Akua Allrich & The Tribe, Jalen Baker Quartet, and Julieta Eugenio Trio.

For more information about the 2022 DC JazzFest, August 31-September 4, including concert updates and ticketing information, visit Tickets for the DC JazzFest at The Wharf can be purchased here.

Source: Lydia Liebman Promotions

Danilo Navas
Danilo Navas
Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, Toronto Music Report. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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