Silver Spring Jazz Fest and Rosslyn Jazz Fest present double musical entertainment on Saturday

The 17th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival returns Saturday from 3-10 p.m., while the 30th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival returns simultaneously the same day from 1-7 p.m.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Previews Silver Spring Jazz Fest (Part 1)

DC Jazz Fest may be over, but the free music continues in Maryland and Virginia!

The 17th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival returns Saturday from 3-10 p.m., while the 30th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival returns simultaneously the same day from 1-7 p.m.

“This is one of downtown Silver Spring’s signature events,” Jacob Newman, Silver Spring area service manager, told OMCP. “We are also going to have a beer garden from three of our Silver Spring breweries – Denizens, Astro Lab and Silver Branch.”

The Silver Spring Jazz Fest features two stages at Veterans Plaza near Regal Majestic.

The main stage features funk-jazz band Chopteeth, Paul Carr and the Real Jazz Ambassadors, as well as Marcus Johnson’s go-go band Crank & Flow. The headliner is trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis, who have both performed at the festival in the past. Delfeayo will bring his 14-piece Uptown Jazz Orchestra, formed in 2008.

The second stage will feature international groups, including the Ethiopian group Feedel, the Fran Vielma Quartet from Venezuela and the Franco-Portuguese sonorities of Loide.

Listen to our full conversation with the Silver Spring Jazz Festival here.



Meanwhile, in Virginia, the 30th annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival returns to Gateway Park with food trunks, beer vendors, lawn games and of course lots of live music.

“It’s been a phenomenal festival from the start and it’s really evolved,” Mary-Claire Burick, president of Rosslyn BID, told WTOP. “We are really excited to have this party this year, especially coming out of the pandemic. We also had a jazz festival last year, but this year we are back in full force. We expect a good turnout. We already have 4,000 RSVPs!

The lineup includes Mwenso & The Shakes of Harlem, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and Groove Orchestra. The headliner is Cimafunk, who has been described as “Cuban James Brown” or “Caribbean Bruno Mars”. The “engaging” and “dynamic” Cimafunk was recently named to Rolling Stone magazine’s Best Albums of 2021 list.

“Each of these artists was chosen for their diversity of expression within the jazz tradition,” Burick said. “These musicians tour contemporary jazz festivals across the country, providing a great mix of jazz and related musical forms, so think blues, funk, R&B.”

To get you into the Saturday spirit, you can enjoy the first-ever Rosslyn Rolling Concert on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where an open-top bus will zip through the streets of Rosslyn and beyond as the BroadSound Band perform a jazz mix. and pop hits.

Listen to the full conversation with the Rosslyn Jazz Festival here.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Previews Rosslyn Jazz Fest (Part 2)

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