The festival will take place on Saturday, September 10 from 3-10 p.m. and will feature two stages in Veterans’ Square in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building.
Marsalis is the third member of the family to headline the festival, preceded by Wynton and Bradford. He is a trombonist leading the 14-piece orchestra which includes a large brass section known for jazz traditions such as riffing, New Orleans polyphony and spontaneous arrangements.
Marsalis is also a composer and producer and active in musical theater and education. He has played with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, while leading his own bands.
Performers on the main stage will include local talent such as Marcus Johnson, who will perform a jazz and go-go set with Crank and Flo.
The main stage will also feature Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, a DC favorite, opening this part of the show. A second stage features bands such as Latin Jazz, while the entire show features a variety of acts featuring “traditional jazz, smooth jazz, funk, go-go, as well as jazz from Ethiopian traditions, afro lusophones and jazz latinas”. according to the organizers.
A complete program and the list of artists are available online.
New to this year’s show will be a third stage on Ellsworth Drive for a pre-festival party from 1-3 p.m. with The Linwood Battle Band.
Also new this year is a beer garden with offerings from multiple breweries in the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District. The area will feature food service, comfortable seating, art and entertainment.
Site photo Delfeayo Marsalis
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