Screenshot from the 2018 Silver Spring Jazz Festival flyer featuring Dianne Reeves.

The 15th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held on Veterans Plaza Saturday, Sept. 8, the county’s Recreation Department has announced.

This year’s headliner will be vocalist Dianne Reeves, a winner of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award, the country’s highest honor for a jazz musician.

Reeves also won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Jazz Vocal Album with “Beautiful Life,” which included covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors.”

Reeves joins previous festival headliners such as Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Aaron Neville and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The festival will open at 3:15 p.m. with a performance by the Jazz Academy of Music. Other performers will be:

  • Charles Woods Quintet at 4:30 .m.
  • Akua Allrich at 5:45 p.m., and
  • Blair High School graduate Marcus Johnson at 7 p.m.

Reeves is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The free festival, which typically attracts more than 15,000 attendees, will end at 10 p.m.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Silver Spring Jazz Festival Set for Sept. 8