Grammy™ Award-winning saxophonist and Tony® Award-nominee Branford Marsalis will headline the 10th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 7, from at 4:30 to 10 p.m., in Downtown Silver Spring on Veterans Plaza at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will join the ranks of celebrated headliners that the Silver Spring Jazz Festival has featured over the past decade, including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes and Aaron Neville.
Having gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980s, Marsalis also performed and recorded with jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with diverse artists such as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. His varied interests are further reflected in his explorations in film, radio and television, including his role as the musical director of “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno for two years in the early 1990s. In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts conferred the prestigious Jazz Masters Fellowship on the Marsalis Family, a celebration and acknowledgement of a family described by “The New York Times” as “jazz’s most storied living dynasty, who has made an indelible mark, collectively and individually, on the history and the future of jazz, America’s art form.”
The festival is presented by Montgomery County Government, the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation, Montgomery County Recreation and the Silver Spring Urban District. Corporate sponsors include Live Nation; Home Properties, Inc.; WUSA-TV; Comcast; the Silver Spring Courtyard by Marriott; AFI Silver; and the Gazette.
Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation – the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line) is located two blocks away – and to bring folding chairs. Limited parking is available in the Wayne Avenue garage, the Town Square garage and the garages on Bonifant Street, Cameron at Ramsey Avenue and Cameron at Fenton Street.
For more information, call Montgomery County Recreation at 240-777-6821.
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