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 Sunday, 03 May 2015
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Twin Cities Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Headliners! PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 02 March 2015

 

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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. 

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

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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

 

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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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The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, November 9-16 PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014

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The third annual TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival will take place from November 9 – 16, 2014. The festival will host several events in the city of Newark, New Jersey, culminating in the main concerts at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). This celebration of jazz is a continuation of the musical legacy of revered and beloved longtime Newark saxophonist/ composer and NEA Jazz Master, James Moody. In only its third year, the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival has become a jazz event of note in the tri-state area of New Jersey/New York/Connecticut.

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The 2014 Montreal Jazz Liturgy and Dialogic Sessions PDF Print
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Rev. Peter Woods
 

Each year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents an abundance of musical offerings, and inspires several of jazz-related events in the city. (See general review of the 2014 festival.)

The Fourth Annual Jamming at St. James—A Jazz Liturgy

Jamming at St. James, the jazz liturgy held on Sunday, June 29 at Montréal’s historic St. James United Church, was started by respected Canadian educator Professor Norman Cornett. Professor Cornett’s numerous activities kept him from hosting this year, although he was in attendance.  The service started with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” which initially seemed like a surprising choice for a liturgy. This year’s host, Reverend Peter Woods (who did double duty on the saxophone), explained that he had once played it at a funeral, because the deceased had wanted that song. The congregation got a good laugh, realizing just how appropriate the song was for the occasion! During the liturgy, Cantor Stephanie Hradsky added her beautiful voice to the proceedings.

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