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Jazz festivals in Silver Spring and Rosslyn

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The D.C. Jazz Festival was held over Labor Day weekend. This Saturday, it’s the suburbs’ time to shine at two major outdoor festivals. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, which features two stages on Veterans Plaza downtown, is headlined by Delfeayo Marsalis and his 14-piece Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a swinging, brass-driven ensemble. Locals on the bill include pianist Marcus Johnson’s jazz and go-go mash-up Crank and Flo and Afrobeat favorites Chopteeth. New this year: a beer garden with Silver Spring’s own Astro Lab, Denizens and Silver Branch breweries, and a pre-festival party with live music on Ellsworth Drive. ( 3 to 10 p.m., silverspri­ngdowntown.com.) Across the Potomac, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest marks its 30th year with a diverse quartet of artists. Headliner Cimafunk’s wide-ranging funk sound draws on Afro-cuban grooves, and his 2021 album “El Alimento” features guest turns from George Clinton, Chucho Valdés and Lupe Fiasco. The schedule at Gateway Park also includes Mwenso & the Shakes, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and Groove Orchestra. Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome, and the park offers food vendors and multiple bars. ( 1 to 7 p.m., rosslynva.org.)

 ?? ZAC SMITH ?? Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra headline the Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday.
ZAC SMITH Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra headline the Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday.

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