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 Thursday, 24 July 2014
The 60th Newport Jazz Festival - Coming August 1-3 PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Wynton Marsalis

The festival that started it all will be celebrating its 60th year on August 1, 2 & 3, 2014. The Newport Jazz Festival has long been considered by jazz musicians to be one of the highlights of the summer festival season, so it should be no surprise that for this landmark 60th anniversary, the festival is hosting an abundance of musical riches. The festival has showcased a “Who’s Who” in jazz since 1954. Numerous artists have recorded live albums there, and the 1958 festival was the subject of the iconic, groundbreaking documentary film, Jazz on a Summer’s Day. All the festivals in the world, large and small, renowned and obscure, owe a debt of gratitude to The Newport Jazz Festival.

Big Names, Local Stars, New Visionaries, More Venues, and a Bit of Rain: 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Fest PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 21 July 2014

The Branford Marsalis Quartet headlined Mears Park Friday Night Š Andrea Canter

The totally free "three-day" 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival really got its start in early June with the first of three Jazz in the Library gigs. The Saint Paul-centered event really expanded across the entire state as the festival-sponsored Jazz Central All-Stars launched a 3-month, six-city tour in late May. The festival's Lowertown/Downtown venues pushed beyond their usual boundaries to follow the new LRT Green Line along University Avenue, with six new "jazz stops" easily accessible via free rides on Light Rail. Names like Marsalis, Reeves and Krown shared raves with the likes of Aldana, Lea and Hagedorn.  With four active outdoor stages, more than two dozen additional club and concert venues, and more than 120 sets of music, an audience of over 20,000 enjoyed nearly three days of fabulous summer weather and endured one evening of torrential rain, forcing the final sets into alternative club spaces, with standing (or dripping) room only. The shows, nearly every set, went on without missing a beat, contributing to one of the most memorable jazz festivals in the event's sixteen-year history.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center: Home of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NPAC)

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark has become a major go-to venue for jazz lovers in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area, with a year-round schedule of jazz performances. Just some of the artists to appear recently at NJPAC include Bill Charlap, Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Bernie Williams, Hilary Kole, Freddy Cole, and Audra McDonald (who just won a history-making sixth Tony award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday). NJPAC also continually hosts events dedicated to up-and-coming young artists.

Biggest Ever -- The 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 26-28 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Main Stage at Mears ParkŠAndrea Canter

Officially, the totally free 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway on Thursday, June 28 with some afternoon gigs along University Avenue's new Green Line (LRT) before a more formal opening at Mears Park and the traditional Lowertown club crawl of Jazz Night Out, followed by two more days and nights of jazz and related roots music from Saint Paul's Lowertown to Downtown and beyond. And if you can't wait til Thursday, you can warm up with the final Jazz in the Library and Jazz Central All-Stars performances Wednesday evening, June 25.  Festival Director Steve Heckler expects around 30,000 music lovers of all ages to attend "the premier jazz gathering in the Upper Midwest....with an exciting array of international and local, professional and student artists... with a schedule that will constantly challenge you to make tough choices among stages."

The 35th Montreal Jazz Festival - Coming in June! PDF Print
Written by Written by Sheila Horne Mason; photos by Kevin R. Mason   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Tony Bennett

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is one of the biggest and most diverse celebrations of the summer music season, and not surprisingly, the landmark 35th edition will be pulling out all the stops! From June 26 to July 6, 2014, Montréal will be celebrating an unprecedented number of anniversaries and milestones. The Festival marquees will be filled with the names of legendary performers as well as talented newcomers.

The Wall Street Jazz Festival -- A Small Gem in Upstate New York PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Monday, 26 May 2014

Claire Daly

With the outdoor jazz festival season starting soon, there are offerings of every size and variety. The Wall Street Jazz Festival is a small, charming festival held in the bucolic town of Kingston, New York.  Although small, the festival has grown a strong following and reputation; producers Peggy Stern and John Bilotti were recently honored as 2014 Jazz Heroes by the Jazz Journalists Association. This woman-centric festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, and was dedicated to the memory of the late, great Marian McPartland. Plans are now underway for the 2014 festival to be held in the fall.

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