Local Jazz Star to Headline Silver Spring Jazz Festival


In case you’ve been wrapped up with earthquakes and hurricanes recently and missed the news, jazz keyboardist and Silver Spring resident Marcus Johnson will headline this year’s all-star jazz line-up at the eighth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival to be held Saturday, September 10, from 3:30 to 9 p.m., at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place (at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street).

The free, outdoor program that attracted thousands of music lovers last year will also feature Project Natale, Sheila Ross and La Leyenda. Johnson will perform with special guest “Juris” featuring Young Pulse.

A talented jazz keyboardist and composer who performs a blend of contemporary jazz stylings and hip-hop rhythms, Johnson describes his music as “instrumental R&B with a D.C. bounce.”   He launched the highly successful Three Keys record label and has released four albums.

Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation – the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line) is two blocks away – and to bring a blanket and/or beach chair. Food vendors will be available onsite. Free parking is available in public parking garages in downtown Silver Spring.

In addition to the Wayne Avenue and Town Center garages, attendees should check other public parking garages in Silver Spring that may be less crowded, including Garage 2 at Spring and Cameron sts; Garage 4 at Fenton St. and Silver Spring Ave.; Garage 21 at Spring St. and Colesville Rd.; and Garage 5 at Bonifant St. and Dixon Ave.

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is presented by the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation and Montgomery County Recreation.

For more information, call 240-777-6821.

POSTED AT: Thursday, September 08, 2011 | 6:00:00 AM |
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