The Committee for Ethnic Affairs advises the Montgomery County, MD County Executive and County Council on public policy that relates to ethnic affairs; promotes maximum involvement of all ethnic groups in the County in government, business and community affairs.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Marcus Johnson to Headline 8th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival on September 10

 Jazz keyboardist and Silver Spring resident Marcus Johnson will headline an 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.  Marcus Johnson will perform with special guest “Juris” featuring Young Pulse.
 “The Silver Spring Jazz Festival has become a much anticipated annual, live concert event in the Washington Metropolitan area,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett.  “This year’s headliner, Marcus Johnson, is Silver Spring’s own superstar and concert goers of all ages will enjoy his signature jazz sound.”        
Following is a description of this year’s lineup:
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 and has released four phenomenal albums.  He describes his music as “instrumental R&B with a D.C. bounce.”
 Project Natale is a premier, traditional jazz group created by brothers Joe and Lou Natale.  They have enjoyed world respect as jazz players infusing the old and new, creating a unique sound of their own.
Jazz vocalist Sheila Ross broke onto the scene as the lead singer for The Royalettes, a female quartet from Baltimore that many said exemplified the “sweet soul” style of the early 60s female groups.  She currently sings with The Dennis Fisher Group and The Gumption Revue and was part of the Jazz in the Garden series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
La Leyenda plays classic Latin and Afro-Cuban music styles, including Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba and many more old-school dance rhythms.  The musicians have a great reverence for this genre of music, its roots and the musicians who played it.
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 attendees may want to 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.
For more information, call 240-777-6821.

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