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Silver Spring Jazz Festival

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The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, presented by Montgomery County, the nonprofit Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation, and a series of area and national sponsors, is typically held annually on the second Saturday of each September, just outside Washington, D.C. in downtown Silver Spring, on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The 2018 Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, September 8, 3 to 10 p.m.

A musical gumbo, this free festival features internationally renowned musicians, notable regional artists, and the Jazz Academy of Music in Silver Spring. The Festival has become downtown Silver Spring’s annual marquee event, and has erupted onto the cultural scene as a must for area residents and music lovers. It will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in 2018. The Festival attracts over 15,000 members of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area community.

Notable headliners at the Silver Spring Jazz Festival have included:

  • Wynton Marsalis: Pulitzer Prize-winning, eight-time Grammy-winning, jazz phenom; artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Arturo Sandoval: winner of four Grammys, six Billboard Awards, an Emmy for his composing the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country.”
  • Aaron Neville: four-time Grammy winner with a storied career with Linda Ronstadt, as a soloist, and one of the four famous Neville Brothers of New Orleans.
  • Branford Marsalis: another member of the great Marsalis living dynasty, who served as Jay Leno’s musical director, worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sting, and other diverse artists.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: founded in 1964 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity, both in the Hall and touring worldwide.
  • David Sanborne: winner of six Grammy Awards, eight Gold albums, one Platinum album, worked in many genres typically blending instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz.
  • Ethel Ennis: internationally-reknown jazz vocalist; performed with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown.
  • Marcus Johnson: megawatt international talent; graduate of Silver Spring’s Blair High School.
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