At the festival, May 10-12, Bridgewater will oversee a powerful lineup of award winners, including saxophonist Jane Bunnett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpet player Ingrid Jensen, drummer Allison Miller and pianist Chihiro Yamanaka.
Jason Moran, the center’s artistic adviser for jazz, has assembled free programs to start the evening at the Millennium Stage and then full-blown concerts in the Terrace Gallery and Terrace Theater.
The festival opens May 10 with pianist Chihiro Yamanaka, saxophonist Jane Bunnett and pianist Hilario Duran. Joining them will be NEA Jazz Master Candido, followed by vocalist Carmen Lundy and her quartet.
Amy K. Bormet will give a free performance May 11. Bormet, a 2010 Howard University graduate, is an emerging artist on the jazz scene and is founder of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.
The Friday night concert May 11 includes bassist Linda Oh and percussionist Allison Miller, whose “Boom Tic Boom” was named one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times. The concert also features vocalist Carla Cook.
Christie Dashiell Quartet, a member of Afro Blue, the jazz ensemble from Howard University, will give a free concert May 12.
The festival wraps up May 12 with violinist Diane Monroe and percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington with members of the Mosaic Project, a Grammy winner in 2011.