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Poncho Sanchez Featured In September’s Jazz Festival

By Ethan Rothstein - ARLNow.com

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 10:00am  ET

Rosslyn Jazz Festival (photo via Rosslyn BID)Renowned percussionist Poncho Sanchez is the headliner for this year’s Rosslyn Jazz Festival.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District, which puts on the annual event — now in its 23rd year — announced its Sept. 7 lineup this week. It includes Sanchez, a Grammy award winner,  joined by saxophonist and clarinetist James Carter, performing a tribute to John Coltrane.

Before Sanchez goes on stage as the headliner at 5:30 p.m., Soul Rebels, featured in the HBO show “Treme,” will perform at 4:00 p.m. Soul Rebels, made up of New Orleans jazz scene veterans Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss, fuse a jazz foundation with principles of hip-hop in their music.

Opening the show will be a local band, the Kenny Rittenhouse Septet. Rittenhouse is a professor of jazz trumpet at George Mason University and performs in the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Following Rittenhouse on the stage will be Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, a female gospel quartet that has played, among other places, New York City’s famed Lincoln Center.

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival will be held at Arlington Gateway Park on Sept. 7, starting at 1:00 p.m. and running until 7:00. The concert is free and open to the public, and it will be emceed by on-air personalities from jazz station WPFW 89.3.

Photo courtesy of the Rosslyn BID. Disclosure: Rosslyn BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.