City Hosts 36th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival

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Monday, May 27 on the City's Waterfront

The City of Alexandria will host the 36th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be relocated to the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free.

The performance schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m. – The Commodores
    The Commodores are a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D. C., and features 18 of the Navy’s top jazz and “big band” musicians.
  • 2 p.m. – Al Williams
    Al is an Alexandria favorite and 4-time WAMMIE Award winner, including Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Al has appeared at many jazz festivals around the world.
  • 3 p.m. – Daniel Ori
    Daniel is a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary jazz scene, and has performed worldwide in venues and festivals. Daniel’s music has been described as fresh, communicative, lyrical and rhythmic modern jazz with Middle Eastern, Latin and African influences.
  • 4 p.m. – Emy Tseng
    Emy sings with some of DC’s best jazz and Brazilian musicians and performs throughout the DC area and is noted for her Brazilian sound and feel.
  • 5 p.m. – Bob Gibson Big Band
    The Bob Gibson Big Band, composed of various area musicians, including members of Armed Forces Service ensembles, performs a variety of swing and big band pieces in the 40’s style that may just make the audience get up and dance.

Waterfront Park features grass seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as barbeque, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones and funnel cake are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic lunch or dinner. Grilling and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Visitors are encouraged to take the Metro Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station in Old Town and take the King Street Trolley, take DASH or Metro Buses, or park in one of the convenient parking garages or lots. For more information on parking, visit the “Where to Park in Old Town Alexandria” page. For DASH schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit

For more information on the City of Alexandria’s Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival, visit or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Lawrence at 703.746.5419 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail