Official Web Site of the Capital Jazz Fest

The jazz festival with soul!


Our 25th annual Capital Jazz Fest took place June 2-4, 2017 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland and featured nearly 30 national acts on two big stages.

Mark your calendar for next year's festival: June 1-3, 2018!

Click the video below to see highlights from the 2017 festival! See more video footage from past Capital Jazz events on our Capital Jazz TV channel at


What is the Capital Jazz Fest?

Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it's an event! It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and of course hear some of the coolest jazz and soul music on the planet!

In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, and meet & greet the artists. And after the show, check out the late night events at our host hotel.

Festival host Marcus Miller talks about the Capital Jazz Fest and other music-related topics with Capital Jazz TV hostess Angela Stribling. Watch more artist interviews on our Capital Jazz TV channel at

Capital Jazz presents
The SuperCruise X

12th Annual SuperCruise

Sailing from Fort Lauderdale

January 17-25, 2019

Now sailing on Royal Caribbean!



2017 Talent Lineup

George Benson

Corinne Bailey Rae

Anthony Hamilton

Charlie Wilson

Robin Thicke

Chris Botti


Sheila E


“West Coast Jam” feat.
   Rick Braun, Norman
   Brown, Richard Elliot

Avery Sunshine

El DeBarge

“After All”: A Capital Jazz
   Tribute to Al Jarreau


Lee Ritenour

The Whispers

Candy Dulfer


Loose Ends

“Jazz Funk Soul” feat.
   Jeff Lorber, Everette
   Harp, Paul Jackson, Jr.

Kirk Whalum

Kelly Price

Pieces of a Dream


Algebra Blessett

Nathan East

Dionne Farris

Lindsey Webster