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Delfeayo Marsalis Headlines 17 th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival
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Delfeayo Marsalis Headlines 17th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival

By Mark C. Robinson

Acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis will lead his 14-piece Uptown Jazz Orchestra as the headliner for the 17th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10. The free, outdoor music festival will take place at Veterans Plaza in the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District from 3 to 10 p.m. 

Renowned for its large horn section and lively performance, Delfeayo formed the Orchestra in 2008, establishing an ensemble that focuses on maintaining traditions of jazz such as riff playing, New Orleans polyphony and improvisational arrangements. Preceded in previous years of the festival by brothers and fellow jazz musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo and the UJO will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m. 

The Linwood Battle Band, a jazz fusion group from Bowie, Md., will kick things off with a festival pre-party on Ellsworth Drive from 1 to 3 p.m. Then the event will begin in earnest with a performance from the D.C.-based Feedel Band, the first native Ethiopian group in North America playing East African jazz. 

Another local group, the 12-piece Afrofunk band Chopteeth, will then entertain the crowd with tunes infused with Afrobeat, a mix of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal songs and 1960s soul music, followed by the Fran Vielma Quartet, led by noted Venezuelan percussionist Francisco "Fran" Vielma. 

Saxophonist Paul Carr and the Real Jazz Ambassadors will keep the party going on the main stage at the midway point, followed by D.C.-based Afro-Lusophone jazz vocalist Loide. Then jazz composer and keyboardist Marcus Johnson with Crank and Flo will take the main stage before Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra close out the festival. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, visit https://silverspringdowntown.com/silver-spring-jazz-festival




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