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DC Jazz Festival presents The Youngjoo Song Septet at Yards Park 

  • Yards Park at Capital Riverfront 355 Water Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)

DC Jazz Festival presents The Youngjoo Song Septet at Yards Park

The DC Jazz Festival, one of America's premier summer music events, welcomes Korean sensation Youngjoo Song and her international septet to the festival's main stage at Yards Park in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 18 at 4pm! 

Presented in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., The Youngjoo Song Septet features Korean and American musicians led by the unique talent of pianist Youngjoo Song, two-time winner at the Korean Music Awards and a graduate of both the Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. The ensemble will perform a mixture of jazz styles, included original works by Song from her successful career of more than 10 years. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an entire day of fantastic jazz music in an idyllic riverside setting, capped by the 4pm performance set of The Youngjoo Song Septet! 

Tickets are on sale now, and available from the DC Jazz Festival.

Please visit Youngjoo Song Septet for tickets, 
complete schedules, and performance lineups. 

The Youngjoo Song Septet is led by New York-based Korean jazz pianist Youngjoo Song, a graduate of Sookmyung Women’s University, the Berklee College of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. She quickly climbed Korea’s jazz charts after her debut a decade ago, and has performed with prominent jazz artists from Korea and the United States. She headlined the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, among other major events, and twice won for Best Jazz and Crossover Album at the Korean Music Awards.

The DC Jazz Festival is Washington, D.C.'s largest music festival, and a premier destination for international jazz music. The festival runs June 9 - 18, with more than 125 events at venues across the city featuring 90 bands and 300 artists. Yards Park is the festival's premier outdoor venue on the banks of the Anacostia River, and a singular place to experience the global phenomenon of jazz music.



Youngjoo Song (piano/composer)

Youngjoo Song  is one of Korea's leading jazz pianists and composers. Her stunning rise in the jazz world enabled her to record ten albums with distinguished labels such as EMI, Warner and Sony. As a native Korean, Youngjoo's early career took off as she became a top live and recording musician in both K-Pop and Gospel music. To pursue her dream as a jazz musician she decided to leave her fame behind and take on a new challenge in New York City. After completing her degrees at Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Purchase College, she quickly climbed Korea’s jazz charts in record sales and popularity. She was able to work with some of the most prominent jazz musicians in the modern era from both Korea and the US, recording and sharing the stage with Steve Wilson, Mark Turner, Alan Ferber, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, Marcus Gilmore, Vicente Archer, Rogerio Boccato, just to name a few. She won at the Korean Music Awards for Best Jazz & Crossover Album in 2010 (Love Never Fails) and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance in 2012 (Tale of a City), and continues to receive nominations for her new releases. 


Hogyu Hwang (bass)

An alumnus of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Hogyu has performed with acclaimed musicians including Jeff Tain Watts, Terry Lyn Carrington, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, and Jimmy Heath. He achieved mastery in both upright bass and electric bass guitar by stepping up his career with performances at the International Association of Jazz Educators annual conferences, concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the JVC Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Beantown Jazz Festival, among others. 


Sangmin Lee (drums)

One of the most in-demand recording and live drummers in Korea, Sangmin Lee has over 10 years of session experience. He eventually moved to the U.S. and graduated from Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and New York University (M.M) where the fresh and vibrant New York music scene lured him to explore and expand his musicality by collaborating with artists such as Grammy-winning producer Fran Cathcart, Casey Benjamin, Dave Pietro, Sarah Charles and others. Sangmin released his first solo album, Evolution, in 2010 as a music producer, composer, and a drummer. 


Sungwon Kim (guitar)

Sungwon Kim is a guitarist, composer, and  producer based in New York City, where he has played the pit orchestra for the hit Broadway musical Wicked. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music (Magna Cum Laude and recipient of numerous awards and a full scholarship), Musicians Institute, and Los Angeles Music Academy, with a master's degree in Jazz Studies from NYU Steinhardt. Sungwon had the opportunity to study and collaborate with renowned musicians including Jimmy Page, John Scofield, Adam Rogers, Chris Potter, Peter Bernstein, Alan Ferber, John Blackwell, to name a few. 


Alan Ferber (trombone)

Grammy-nominated trombonist-composer Alan Ferber has been called “one of the jazz world’s premier composers and arrangers for larger groups” by All About Jazz NY. Jazz Times magazine describes Ferber’s compositions as “inspired and meticulous” and the L.A. Weekly deems him “one of the premier modern jazz arrangers of our time.” For the last six years, he has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll. Ferber was the recipient of a 2013 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. Since 2011, he has been an Adjunct Professor of jazz studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School.


Alex Sipiagin (trumpet)

Jazz Festivals worldwide have seen Alex Sipiagin perform with the likes of Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, the Mingus groups, and other top artists. Born in 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, Alex began the trumpet at age 12, studying at the Moscow Music Institute and the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow where he received his Baccalaureate. In 1990, Alex participated in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington D.C., winning top honors and soon after relocating to the jazz mecca of the world, New York City. 


Will Vinson (saxophone)

Originally from London, alto saxophonist and composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has appeared and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others. Will has an international reputation as a leader and sideman. All About Jazz New York describes Will as playing “with a relentless force.” Will's writing, and the playing of his colleagues, combines a great respect for the century-long jazz tradition with explorations into the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic realms of contemporary forms.