Originally Published in SourceOfTheSpring on 04/19/2019
Written By: Mike Diegel
County Executive Marc Elrich will eliminate the Silver Spring Jazz Festival and consider repurposing that funding to a series of smaller events, according to a presentation from Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez.
Speaking yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, Rodriguez said, “As a new administration, we wanted to take a fresh look at some of what we do, and now in my sphere as regional director and Urban District director, we ask, ‘What are you doing that might be done differently?’”
The festival marked its 15th year in 2018 and consistently drew upwards of 10,000 people or more to Veterans Plaza.
Past headliners included Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Branford Marsalis, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and featured local favorites such as Montgomery Blair graduate Marcus Johnson (a festival co-founder) and the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band.
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