Grammy™ award-winner Sergio Mendes will headline an all-star jazz line-up at the ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival to be held Saturday, September 8 from 4:30 to 10 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 Marcus Johnson, the Bruce Swaim Quartet and Elliot Levine.
“This year’s festival has something for everyone, and I invite jazz fans throughout the area to join us for what promises to be an exciting afternoon and evening of top-notch musical entertainment,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “This is the region’s not-to-be-missed musical event of the season.”
Following is a description of this year’s line-up:
Brazilian-born Sergio Mendes, known for his bossa nova/jazz/funk musical style, rose to fame in 1966 with his hit “Mas Que Nada” produced by Herb Alpert. It was the first time that a song, sung entirely in Portuguese, reached the top five on the Billboard magazine pop chart and sparked his rise as the most popular Brazilian entertainer. Earlier this year, Sergio Mendes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song as co-writer of "Real In Rio" from the animated film “Rio.”
Homegrown star Marcus Johnson, an extraordinary jazz keyboardist and composer, performs a blend of contemporary jazz stylings and hip-hop rhythms. Johnson launched the highly successful record label Three Keys in Silver Spring. He describes his music as “instrumental R&B with a D.C. bounce.”
The Bruce Swaim Quartet, recognized as one of Washington D.C.’s premier jazz quartets, is one of the area’s more sought after jazz groups. Their talent in performing jazz standards as well as original compositions has become a gauge for excellence for live performances as well as recordings. The quartet received the 2010 Washington Area Music Association award for Jazz Group of the year as well as the award for Jazz Recording of the year for “Winter’s Waltz.”
Elliott Levine has toured with Wilson Pickett and Heatwave and has opened for Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, McCoy Tyner and Gerald Albright. He has headlined at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. His playing has been described by “Jazz Times” as “showing remarkable talent.”
The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is presented by the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation and Montgomery County Recreation.
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, festival goers may want to check other public parking garages in Silver Spring that may be less crowded, including Garage 2 at Spring and Cameron streets; Garage 4 at Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue; Garage 21 at Spring Street and Colesville Road; and Garage 5 at Bonifant Street and Dixon Avenue.
For more information, call 240-777-6821.
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