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 Saturday, 28 November 2015
The 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival: What to see and hear PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Saturday, 19 September 2015

 Geri Allen

From Friday at 6 p.m. when the gates open, through late Sunday night when the last notes sound and the final stragglers, the diehards, those who don’t want the music to end (count us in) make their way down the shadowy tree-lined paths toward the exits, the Monterey County Fairgrounds will be the jazziest place on the planet.

At the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which happens this weekend (Sept. 18-20), jazz by many of the world’s top artists will rise to the sky above the open-air Arena and the Garden Stage, pour through the doors of the Night Club and Dizzy’s Den and curl around listeners crowded into the small, intimate Coffee House.


Real Jazz, Free Music: It's Happening in Detroit, September 4-7 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 02 September 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!

Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 17 August 2015
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker

New York  City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 22nd edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, made possible with the generous support of the Dalio Foundation. Founded in memoriam of beloved jazz musician Charlie Parker, this festival annually attracts thousands of fans to two historic parks in Manhattan. The festival will kick off the first of its three days on August 21st in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and move to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Sunday, just across the street from the late Parker’s apartment. Almost sixty years after his passing, Parker is celebrated and credited for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and melodically complex solos and his creation of the bebop sound. The acts in this year’s festival will offer a wide range of performances reflective of Parker’s music and of the ever-changing genre of jazz. From Dr. Lonnie Smith to Myra Melford, this year’s lineup will feature both jazz veterans and up-and-coming stars alike.
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 Š 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 ParkŠAndrea 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.

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