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 Tuesday, 28 July 2015
The 20th Litchfield Jazz Festival - Coming August 7-9 PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason   
Thursday, 23 July 2015


Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen Fairgrounds İ Kevin R Mason

This year, the Litchfield Jazz Festival will be celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary, August 7-9! The festival has come a long way from its start in Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Vita West Muir’s living room. According to the festival website, “This year’s festival headliners include four-time Grammy-winner Christian McBride, the formidable Anat Cohen, jazz sensation Sean Jones, the brilliant Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern with the Mike Stern Band, and more.” The festival takes place at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT.

The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival - July 31- August 2 PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; photos by Kevin R. Mason   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015


The 61st Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, will be held July 31 - August 2, 2015. From its inception in 1954, America's first jazz festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz and has discovered some of the brightest new stars. In the early years, the festival presented legendary performances by such legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. In more recent years, many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman and Esperanza Spalding, made major debuts on the Newport stage.

A Tale of Two Festivals: Twin Cities, Iowa City Hit All the Right Notes PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Thursday, 09 July 2015

Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears ParkİAndrea Canter

It was the best of times for devotees of jazz. It was a time for bebop and a time for inventive improvisation, a chance to hear swing and even a chance to swing your partner.  There were times for youth and times for veterans. There was jazz in the urban park, music in the baseball stadium, improvisers on the campus lawn and in the art deco theater.  We had two weekends of glorious music--  jazz heaven in two cities, one week and 300 miles apart. And this is a tale of two festivals, not a parody of Dickens.

2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival: A Feast of Modern Jazz, July 2-4 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Charles LloydİAndrea Canter

"I've dreamed of having Charles Lloyd play our festival since I became involved many years ago. That dream will be realized in July, 2015." -- Don Thompson, Iowa City Jazz Festival Committee Chair

Celebrating 25 years, the Iowa City Jazz Festival announced its 2015 line-up -- and it's a who's who in modern jazz, featuring internationally renowned headliners Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Douglas, Julian Lage, Ben Allison, Ron Miles, and Charles Lloyd. Rising stars abound as well, with Grammy nominated B-3 organist Brian Charette, widely acclaimed vocalist Becca Stevens, New York's KROM, and in multiple supporting roles throughout the festival, drummer Rudy Royston. Held July 2-4 on the famed Pentacrest lawn in the heart of the University of Iowa campus, the festival includes side stages along adjacent Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street (with bands playing between sets on the main stage), Culinary Row, FunZone, Artists Booths, and concessions; the Iowa City public fireworks display will take place following the final Main Stage set Saturday night. And new this year, in place of the late night jam sessions, concerts will be held at the Englert Theater on Friday (Ron Miles) and Saturday (KROM) nights.

Saturday - A Grand Finale for Twin Cities Jazz Fest! PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Thursday, 25 June 2015

Dr. John

One could not ask for a better line-up for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's final day, June 27.  First we have the inaugural music events in the new CHS Field (Saints stadium) with a salute to New Orleans, courtesy of Dr. John and the Nitetrippers, who will actually be Afternoon Trippers. And the opening set will be provided by Minnnesota's own New Orleans brass ensemble, The Jack Brass Band. Come evening, you can find a spot of shade in Mears Park and enjoy 2014 Monk Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill and his Blacktet, followed by the incendiary closing set, Francisco Mela's Crash Trio with special guest, trumpet sensation Nicholas Payton. But that's only the headline acts-- Saturday also features the annual Youth Showcase, ballroom dance lessons, the Atlantis Quartet and Britain's Cloudmaker Trio, jams at The Bedlam and Vieux Carré, and a lot more in clubs throughout Lowertown, Downtown, along the Green Line, and more. Get the full schedule and more information at

Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Friday Highlights PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland

The 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival welcomes its first night of headliners and a full afternoon and evening of music in St. Paul, stretching from Mears Park and Lowertown to Downtown and out along University Avenues' LRT Green Line and West 7th Street. On the AARP Main Stage at Mears Park, music fans can enjoy the Laura Caviani Trio, the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet featuring steel pan artist Othello Molineaux, and the all-star quartet of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. The JazzMN Orchestra with guest vocalist Patty Peterson appears on the Rayette Lofts Stage at Union Depot North Plaza, and our "exchange" band from Iowa, Laranja, makes their TCJF debut on the Jefferson Lines 6th Street Stage.  That's the tip of the jazz mountain!  The full festival schedule is available for download on the fest website at Highlights:

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