Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: June 12, 2016


Takoma Park Jazzfest: Live Music on Two Stages June 12; Follows AFI Jazz Film Series


Bruce Krohmer 


Takoma Park, Maryland, June 1, 2016 - On Sunday, June 12, downtown Takoma Park, Maryland, will once again jump, swing and jive to the sounds of America’s home grown music: jazz. The festival will be preceded by a jazz film series at AFI.
The 21th annual Takoma Park JazzFest will feature an eclectic range of primarily-local performers, on two stages, from 11 am to 6 pm. Full information is available at
“Jazz music is America’s gift to the world,” said festival producer Bruce Krohmer. “It’s a uniquely American sound, and enjoying it at our two stages is a fantastic way to pass a Sunday afternoon.  The festival is free.”
The 2016 festival theme is “Jazz in the Community,” celebrating jazz performance in the community, and honoring jazz’s role in nurturing a sense of community. For example, JazzFest has partnered with the Takoma Park Middle School Jazz Ensemble to provide free jazz concerts in El Golfo, a local restaurant. “Working with teacher Holly Pasquale and parent Nicole Berner, we provide stage experience for the students, an opportunity for parents and neighbors to enjoy great music, and raise funds for JazzFest,” Krohmer pointed out. “Another current example: local family favorite Mark’s Kitchen will have a JazzFest fundraising day on Tuesday, June 7.”
The Willow Stage headliner is the Eastern Standard Time Jazz Quartet, featuring Chris Vadala, Rick Whitehead, John Previti and Barry Hart. Mr. Vadala has performed and recorded with top level jazz artists, including more than a decade playing with the universally popular Chuck Mangione Quartet (five gold and two platinum albums).  Vadala is a Selmer Company artist-in-residence; his most recent recording is “Out of the Shadows”, on Art of Life records.
JazzFest Producer Bruce Krohmer put together the Gazebo Stage headliners: artists who live in Takoma Park (or really close by). They are Harry Appelman (keyboards - Harry’s main group is the Grammy-winning Afro-Bop Alliance); David Jernigan (bass - David plays with jazz groups, and teaches bass and performance techniques);  Lex O’Brien (vibes -  Lex plays drums with Jazz Band Brawl winner Brûlée, and records with his group Complexblue); and Ele Rubenstein (drums -  Ele has played with the After Hours Duo and the Nicole Saphos Quartet).
In addition to performances, JazzFest will provide a wide range of other activities, for a full day of entertainment:
•          Crafts, clothes, and collectibles from 40+ local vendors.
•          International foods vendors and food trucks for every palate, plus terrific nearby restaurants.
•          An official after-party at Takoma Republic restaurant, adjacent to festival events. 
JazzFest is again partnering with the American Film Institute in downtown Silver Spring (Silver Spring/Red Line Metro), to show jazz-themed movies in the week leading up to JazzFest. The films are:

* JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY: Tues. 6/7 at 9:00, with an introduction by Takoma Park’s own Chuck Redd, renowned touring jazz pro (also Thurs. 6/9 at 7:15).  Famed documentary, filmed during the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, features performances by Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Art Farmer, Jimmy Giuffre, Chico Hamilton, Mahalia Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Roswell Rudd, Sonny Stitt and Dinah Washington.  

* SPACE IS THE PLACE:  Thurs. 6/9 at 9:15, with intro by WPFW radio host Brother Ah (also Mon. 6/6 at 9:45) . The inimitable jazz musician Sun Ra plays himself in this Afro-futurist classic. Featuring Sun Ra's own avant-garde jazz score, with his "Intergalactic Solar Arkestra."

* ALL NIGHT LONG: Tues 6/7 at 7:00; Wed. 6/8 at 9:30. Featuring jazz music and musicians, "Othello" is transported  to London's jazz world. Featuring actors Richard Attenborough, Paul Harris, Marti Stevens, Patrick McGoohan, and Keith Michell; the band playing the all-night party showcases jazz greats Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus and John Dankworth.
Access to JazzFest is easy; it’s just a few blocks from the Takoma Metro Station on the Red Line. Ride Metro, or park free at the station’s lot.
JazzFest is an all- volunteer community-based organization, and is a Maryland tax deductible organization.
JazzFest is grateful for the generous support of the City of Takoma Park, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, Long & Foster Real Estate, and the Takoma Foundation.  Local events hosts have included Busboys & Poets, Takoma Republic, Mark’s Kitchen, and El Golfo, and we appreciate their support.


Brother Ah 


Chris Vidala 



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