Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

 

Event Date: June 14 2015

 

Takoma Park JazzFest 20th Anniversary: The Best of the Fests, Takoma Park, MD

 

Takoma Park’s own Chuck Redd, an internationally acclaimed drummer and vibraphonist, will be a featured performer. His swing sounds have been featured on more than 75 recordings, and he’s toured with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Mel Torme.

Takoma Park’s Own Chuck Redd

 

Takoma Park, Maryland, May 21, 2015 - On Sunday, June 14, downtown Takoma Park, Maryland, will once again jump, swing and jive to the sounds of America’s music: jazz.
 
The 20th annual Takoma Park JazzFest will bring an eclectic range of performers to town for more than a dozen free performances from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full information is available at
www.tpjazzfest.org.
 
“Jazz music is America’s gift to the world,” said festival president Bruce Krohmer. “It’s a uniquely American sound, and enjoying it outdoors at one of our two stages is a fantastic way to pass a Sunday afternoon. And it’s free!”
 
To celebrate the completion of its teenage years, JazzFest will bring back some of the most popular performers of the festival’s first two decades. “Whatever your taste in jazz, you’ll find something to love,” said Krohmer.
 
Takoma Park’s own Chuck Redd, an internationally acclaimed drummer and vibraphonist, will be a featured performer. His swing sounds have been featured on more than 75 recordings, and he’s toured with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Mel Torme.
 
Local enthusiasts can also look forward to the sounds of Veronneau, the Hokum JazzTrio, the Nichol Saphos After Hours Duo, the Dave Kline Band, the Arch Thomson Duo, Matt Wigler, the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, the Mary Alouette Quartet, the After Hours Duo, and the acclaimed Takoma Park Middle School Jazz Ensemble.
 
“JazzFest embraces a broad range of styles, both instrument and vocal: bossa nova and samba, swing, R&B and contemporary sounds, vintage sounds from the ‘20s and 30’s – you’ll hear your favorites, and sounds that are new to you, too,” said Krohmer.
 
Making its debut this year will be Brulee, a quintet with a sound that’s been described as “jazz-infused, Americana-marinated, alt-pop.” This band wowed the judges to win the 2015 Jazz Brawl, sponsored by JazzFest to showcase emerging new performers. 
 
In addition to performances, JazzFest will provide a wide range of other activities, for a full day and evening of entertainment:
 
•          Free drum and guitar workshops in the Olive Lounge, adjacent to festival activities.
•          Crafts, clothes and collectibles from more than 40 local vendors.
•          Food trucks and booths for every palate.
•          An official after-party at Takoma Republic restaurant, adjacent to festival events. 
 
And for those who can’t get enough jazz, JazzFest is again partnering with the American Film Institute. The AFI Silver Theater in downtown Silver Spring  (3 blocks from Red Line Metro) will show several jazz-themed movies in the week leading up to the big event.
 
The films are:
•          “Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer”. June 5,
•          “Keep on Keepin’ On,” about trumpeter Clark Terry. June 5,
•          “Whiplash,” for which J.K. Simmons won an Academy award. June 6, 7 and 10.
 
Access to JazzFest is easy, as it’s just a few blocks from the Takoma Metro Station on the Red Line. Ride Metro or park for free at the station’s parking lot.
 
JazzFest is an all- volunteer community-based organization, and it is a Maryland tax deductible organization.
 
JazzFest is grateful for the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the  Maryland State Arts Council; the City of Takoma Park, Long & Foster Real Estate, and the Takoma Foundation.
 

Contact information: Bruce Krohmer, JazzFest Chairman, clarinet1@netzero.net, Website: www.tpjazzfest.org

 

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Brulee, winner of the 2015 Takoma Park JazzFest JazzBrawl 

 

Veronneau Graces the Stage with Samba Rhythms

 

 

Matt Wigler, Opening Act on Willow Stage 

 


JazzFest Producer Bruce Krohmer on Saxophone

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Bruce Krohmer

Email: clarinet1@netzero.net

Phone: 301-277-6291

 

Takoma Park JazzFest

Takoma Park, Maryland

Web: www.tpjazzfest.org

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Maryland, Takoma Park, Event Date: June 14, 2015

Takoma Park JazzFest 20th Anniversary: The Best of the Fests, Takoma Park, MD

Takoma Park, Maryland, May 19, 2015 - On Sunday, June 14, downtown Takoma Park, Maryland, will once again jump, swing and jive to the sounds of America’s music: jazz. The 20th annual Takoma Park JazzFest will bring an eclectic range of performers to town for more than a dozen free performances from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full information is available at www.tpjazzfest.org. “Jazz music is America’s gift to the world,” said festival president Bruce Krohmer. “It’s a uniquely American sound, and enjoying it outdoors at one of our two stages is a fantastic way to pass a Sunday afternoon. And it’s free!” Takoma Park’s own Chuck Redd, an internationally acclaimed drummer and vibraphonist, will be a featured performer. His swing sounds have been featured on more than 75 recordings, and he’s toured with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Mel Torme. JazzFest is grateful for the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the  Maryland State Arts Council; the City of Takoma Park, Long & Foster Real Estate, and the Takoma Foundation. Contact information: Bruce Krohmer, JazzFest Chairman, clarinet1@netzero.net, Website: www.tpjazzfest.org

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: 2015 Takoma Park JazzFest: The Best of the Fests

Event Date: June 14, 2015

Event Location: Downtown Takoma Park, Maryland

Admission: Free

Web: www.tpjazzfest.org

Contact: Bruce Krohmer, clarinet1@netzero.net, 301-277-6291

Description: On Sunday, June 14, downtown Takoma Park, Maryland, will once again jump, swing and jive to the sounds of America’s music: jazz. The 20th annual Takoma Park JazzFest will bring an eclectic range of performers to town for more than a dozen free performances from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 


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