Sergio Mendes to Headline Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Silver Spring-based keyboardist Marcus Johnson will also perform.
If you think you’re going to scat and be-bop your way through this year’s Silver Spring Jazz Festival, think again. In its ninth year the festival is going for a bevy of artists that mix classic jazz with the stylings of their hometowns.
Grammy Award-winning Sergio Mendes, known for a bossa nova and funk-infused style, will headline the concert on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Veterans Plaza. Silver Spring native Marcus Johnson, who is influenced by R&B and “DC bounce,” also will also perform.
“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.”
Also on the roster is The Bruce Swain Quartet, a DC-based group with a penchant for jazzy standards along with their original music. Saxophonist Elliot Levine rounds out the bill.
The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is free and will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Saturday, Sept. 8.