For Immediate Release
Event Date: June 12, 2016
Takoma Park Jazzfest: Live Music on Two Stages June 12;
Follows AFI Jazz Film Series
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
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.
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Media Contact: Bruce Krohmer
Takoma Park JazzFest
Takoma Park, Maryland