JOSHUA REDMAN * RENÉ MARIE * DON BYRON * AFRO-BLUE
|WHAT:||22nd ANNUAL ROSSLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL|
|WHO:||Afro Blue - Howard University’s a cappella ensemble
René Marie– award winning vocalist
Don Byron New Gospel Quintet - clarinetist/saxophonist
Joshua Redman - 2-Time Grammy-nominated saxophonist
|WHEN:||SATURDAY (1:00pm – 7:00pm), SEPTEMBER 8, 2012|
|WHERE:||GATEWAY PARK, 1300 Lee Hwy. (at N. Lynn St.), Arlington, VA
(2 blocks from the Rosslyn Blue and Orange Line Metro Station)
|ADMISSION:||FREE and open to the public. Call: (703) 228-1850
Visit: www.RosslynVA.org or www.arlingtonarts.org
|PRESS CONTACT:||Jim Byers – 703.228.1847
Carole Bernard – 703.522.6628 x114
Arlington, VA – Praised among our region’s standout jazz festivals by JazzTimes magazine, the 22nd Annual ROSSLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL, takes place on SATURDAY (1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.), SEPTEMBER 8, 2012, in Rosslyn’s GATEWAY PARK, 1300 Lee Highway (at North Lynn St.), Arlington, Virginia. True to tradition, the event kicks-off with regional favorites Afro-Blue, the Howard University a cappella vocal ensemble that made the 2011 finals on NBC’s The Sing-Off!
FREE and open to the Public, the Festival is sponsored by the Rosslyn BID, and co-presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs. The event will be emceed by on-air personalities from jazz station WPFW 89.3 FM, which will broadcast portions of the event live! The event now draws nearly 10,000 jazz aficionados from across the U.S.!
|The Festival starts at 1:00 p.m. with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue. Formed by Professor Connaitre Miller in 2002, the group just released their 3rd CD, The Best Is Yet to Come. Over eight years, Afro Blue has received nine Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards, including Best Graduate College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Afro Blue made the 2011 finals in NBC’s reality show competition, The Sing-Off. Afro Blue was named by The Washington City Paper as 2011 Jazz Artist of the Year, received a WAMMIE for best A Cappella Group and best video (Nature Boy), and an honorable mention in the Critics Poll, professional vocal group category by JAZZ TIMES.|
|René Marie, the award-winning, Warrenton, VA-born singer whose style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel, is a heroine to many. Given an ultimatum by an abusive husband, she began her professional career after 40, leaving a 23-year marriage. Since her debut recording, Renaissance, the singer has evolved into one of the most intriguing vocalists of our time. With her latest release Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motema Music), listeners will hear her trademark vocals but will also be struck by the wide variety of songs that she interprets - from Motown to Tin Pan Alley to “America the Beautiful.” The CD is a celebration of America’s cultural diversity.|
|For over two decades, clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic Don Byron has explored widely divergent traditions, while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre." The Bronx-native has consistently been voted best clarinetist in the leading international music journals, since being named “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Down Beat in 1992. His latest project, Love, Peace and Soul (his debut recording with the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet), is the result of an ongoing re-awakening of his own faith. With jazz as a springboard, his stellar band mine the historical riches of American Gospel music via the spirit and pioneering songs of founding father Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.|
|Two-time Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of today’s most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. After graduating from Harvard suma cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies, Redman relocated to Brooklyn and immersed himself in the New York jazz scene. In 1993, his first self-titled album earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, B.B. King, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Motian, Dianne Reeves, Clark Terry, and Stevie Wonder. He has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.|
“We’re pleased to partner with Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, businesses and restaurants, and the Washington area’s premier jazz radio station, to bring amazing jazz performers to Rosslyn,” says Rosslyn BID Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy.
The ROSSLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL also offers fantastic food options from regional vendors. Gateway Park (N. Lynn St. and Lee Hwy) is easily accessible from the Rosslyn Metro Station (Blue/Orange line). For info, call (703) 228-1850 or visit www.RosslynVA.org or www.arlingtonarts.org.