City of Alexandria Hosts 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 28 on the City's Waterfront

The City of Alexandria will host the 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 28, 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, located at 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free.

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The performance schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m. - The Commodores
    Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, featuring 18 of the Navy’s top jazz and “big band” musicians. 
  • 2:30 p.m. – Marcus Johnson
    Renowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer who has been included among the ranks of contemporary jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Vanessa Williams.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Barbara Martin Trio featuring Liz Barnes
    Features straight ahead jazz standards and original compositions by vocalist/guitarist, Barbara Martin and pianist Liz Barnes.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Al Williams
    Alexandria favorite and 4 time WAMMIE Award winner, the latest, for 2010 Best Jazz Best Jazz Instrumentalist. 

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 cakes are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic lunch or supper. Grilling and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park. Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Visitors to the historic district 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 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, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or visit  

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 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