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Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

The ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 in downtown Silver Spring on Veterans Plaza at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.  The free outdoor program that has in the past starred Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville and Arturo Sandoval, among others, kicks off at 4:30 pm and continues until 10pm.  This year’s headliner is Sergio Mendes.

The Program
4:30p.m.  Festival Welcome
4:45 p.m.  Elliott Levine 
6:00 p.m.  Bruce Swaim Quartet
7:15 p.m.  Marcus Johnson
8:30 p.m.  SERGIO MENDES

Elliot Levine
Elliot Levine has toured with Wilson Pickett and Heatwave and has opened for Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, McCoy Tyner, and Gerald Albright. He has had the #1 song on mp3.com, which received over 1,000,000 downloads. Elliot has three internationally-released CDs which have received extensive airplay. He has headlined at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center.  This year, he released his fifth CD "Live+7”.  He is joined by artists Earl Ivey on Drums, Mitchell Coates on Bass, Jim Carney on Percussion, and Brian Blunt and Kashka Raenelle on Vocals.

The Bruce Swaim Quartet
The Bruce Swaim Quartet is recognized as one of Washington D.C.'s premier jazz groups.  The band consists of Bruce Swaim on tenor sax, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano and Dominic Smith on drums.  Their performances of jazz standards, as well as original compositions, , have become a gauge for excellence in live performances and recordings. The quartet received the 2010 Washington Area Music Association award [WAMMIE] for Jazz Group of the Year, as well as a WAMMIE for Jazz Recording of the year for “Winter’s Waltz.”

Marcus Johnson
Marcus Johnson is an extraordinary jazz keyboardist and composer, as well as a successful businessman. Our own local jazz superstar began playing the piano at age nine, and from there, he wanted to “create classics, not just hit songs.”  Marcus, a founding member of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, has done the amazing by launching a highly successful record label. He continues to stand strong with his latest CD enititled “This is How I Rock.”  This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson’s deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music’s most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits.

Sergio Mendes
Known for his bossa nova/jazz/funk musical style, Brazilian born Sergio Mendes 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 5 on the Billboard magazine pop chart.  It 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.”  In recent years he has collaborated with Will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India Arie, Justin Timberlake, Erikah Bahdu, and many others.  Mendes’s CD “Celebration,” a compilation of his work, was released in May 2011, celebrating his 50 years as a Grammy™ winning recording artist, and his Gold and Platinum hits.

Early in his career, Sergio Mendes appeared on many variety shows and TV specials of the time with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire, Andy Williams, and on The Tonight Show, etc.   He performed in the White House and toured with artists such as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Henry Mancini, Paul Anka, Jerry Lewis, and twice with Frank Sinatra.

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is presented at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. 

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is presented by Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Recreation, Silver Spring Urban District, and the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation.  The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is sponsored by WUSA-TV9, Comcast, Home Properties, The Gazette Newspapers,  Live Nation, Maryland Transit Authority, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the Silver Spring Courtyard by Marriot, Solaire  and Whole Foods.

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. 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.  Food vendors will be onsite.

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