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 Saturday, 23 May 2015
Real Jazz, Free Music: It's Happening in Detroit, September 4-7 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Saturday, 23 May 2015


"This weekend, for me and everyone I've spoken with, was the epitome of how a jazz festival can feel, with an entire city and international audience bringing their love and positively together with an expansive family of musicians... and it was all real jazz." — Benny Green

"So often I have heard the complaint from fellow critics and assorted curmudgeons: ‘Why can’t an American city put on a festival as efficiently run, impressive and FREE as the Montreal International Jazz Festival?’ Note to colleagues: It’s already happening in Detroit.” — Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

If Detroit is not the first American city you think of in terms of civic pride, cultural offerings and jazz centric music.... maybe you need to reconsider. At least you need to reconsider your plans for Labor Day Weekend 2015. The 36th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival will showcase Motor City at its best, September 4-7 in the heart of downtown Detroit (Camp Mauritius) and along the river front (Hartt Plaza), boasting Artist in Residence Pat Metheny on all four stages (JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage, Mack Avenue Waterfront Stage, and Absopure Pyramid Stage) along with an impressive list of headline artists. As always, the DJF will include a "Homecoming Series" of native Detroiters, exciting new artists, legends, and student ensembles, all presented through coordinated programming that provides unique musical experiences that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world--and it is all free!

Spotlighting Women in Jazz: The 2014 Wall Street Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Friday, 15 May 2015

Wall Street Jazz Festival

Marking the end of summer 2014, the 11th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival was held on Saturday, August 30.  The festivities took place on a beautiful evening in the picturesque town of Kingston, in upstate New York. Earlier in the day, the sky had been overcast, but luckily, the rain that had been threatening never appeared, and the weather was perfect for this wonderfully laid-back festival.  People packed the sidewalks and the blocked-off section of Kingston’s Wall Street, shopped at the boutiques, ate at the restaurants and delicatessens, and enjoyed a great evening of free music, whether they were relaxing to the groove or dancing in the streets!

The aim of the festival, from its inception, has been to spotlight women in jazz. The festival slogan is, “Where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women!” Because all the music was presented on one stage, people had the chance to visit with friends between sets, grab snacks and drinks, and generally chill out, without missing any of the music.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Headliners! PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 02 March 2015


Francisco MelaİAndrea Canter

Five bands of incomparable artists will headline the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held June 25-27 in and around Mears Park in St Paul's historic Lowertown Arts District. The new stage at the CHS (Saints) Field will host six-time Grammy winner Dr. John and the Night Trippers on the festival's closing afternoon. Appearing on the Mears Park Main Stage will be the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet Featuring Othello Molineaux, Festival Artistic Director Francisco Mela's new quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton, 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill, and an all-star quartet featuring Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. In addition to CHS Field and Mears Park Main Stage, the festival will present events on the Sixth Street and Union Depot Stages, and throughout downtown St Paul and beyond at over 20 clubs, bars and studio venues. 

The 2014 Litchfield Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Cecile McLorin Salvant

The 19th Litchfield Jazz Festival took place August 8 - 10 at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Connecticut.  The festival had wonderful musical offerings, delicious food, and an artist village with hand-wrought collectibles and gifts, including paintings, photographs, jewelry, soap, and metal art.

Friday, August 8  

The festival got off to a great start with an opening-night “Friends of the Festival Gala,” a fundraiser for the Litchfield Jazz Camp. In fact, the first music you heard was from the talented Jazz Camp students. The gala also featured a silent auction with several desirable items, including a superb portrait of Dave Brubeck by illustrious Connecticut artist, Chris Osborne.

2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival: A Feast of Modern Jazz, July 2-4 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 07 January 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.

The 60th Newport Jazz Festival! PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Thursday, 06 November 2014


George Wein

The Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, took place from August 1-3, 2014. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate for this landmark 60th anniversary, there was an abundance of great music!

Friday, August 1

When legendary jazz impresario and festival founder George Wein introduced John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), Wein said, “A sponsor is one thing, but a man who gives you everything he’s got, from the point of view of the love of the music, is someone special.” Wein continued praising Hailer for his support, noting that the festival hasn’t hosted Friday daytime concerts in over 50 years, and wouldn’t have had them this year without NGAM. In turn, John Hailer praised George’s unwavering commitment to jazz, saying “Jazz is George, and George is Jazz!”  Between sets, a giant screen showed anniversary congratulations from numerous artists and snippets of performances from previous festivals.

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