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 Saturday, 19 April 2014
Preview: Lovano, Jensens, Cohen, Harrell Head the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 3-5 Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Sunday, 16 March 2014

Joe LovanoİAndrea Canter

It's one of my favorite jazz festivals, and not just because it's in my home town, and not just because it is free and only a 5-hour drive from the Twin Cities. The Iowa City Jazz Festival happens to be one of the gems of summer jazz -- a small-town feel, an historic college-campus venue, and some of the world's top artists converging over the Fourth of July weekend. And one of my favorite elements of the ICJF is that I don't need to fret over which band to hear -- there is one main stage with no competing music; in-between main stage acts, there are three small stages within a block, hosting high school, college and community ensembles while the Culinary Row, Beverage Garden, Artist Booths and FUN Zone are available for fun and fuel. (And of course there's the adjacent campus hangs offering additional options for air conditioned respites.)

Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis Headline 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dianne ReevesİAndrea Canter

Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Branford Marsalis will headline the 16th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, to be held June 26-28 in and around Mears Park in Saint Paul's Lowertown arts district. The festival line-up will also feature 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition winner Melissa Aldana and New Orleans "Big Easy" award-winning keyboardist, Joe Krown, as well as a long list of local jazz all-stars.  "This year will have an incredible line-up, two of the most lauded artists in modern jazz, a star of tomorrow, and one of the biggest names from the Big Easy!” exclaimed festival director Steve Heckler. “We are so excited to bring everyone together in Saint Paul.”

60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival Announces Lineup, Expands to Three Days, August 1-3 Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Producer George Wein announced the line-up for the expanded 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, to take place August 1-3 at what has become a jazz-lovers summer paradise in Newport, RI. Headliners over the three full days of music include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin (spirityouall), Dave Holland's Prism, John Zorn, Robert Glasper, Lee Konitz, Gary Burton, Ron Carter, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and David Sanborn, along with fast rising stars Gregory Porter, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste and more. A new festival experience dubbed THE Jazz Club will offer special seating, reserved parking, tented lounge access, upgraded restroom facilities and a 60th anniversary poster.

The St. James Jazz Infirmary: A Highlight of the Montreal Jazz Festival Print E-mail
Written by Sheila Horne Mason   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Vijay Iyer and Professor Cornett İ Kevin Mason

Professor Norman Cornett, eminent Canadian educator and jazz enthusiast, hosted a series of events during the 2013 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. This week-long series was named The St. James Jazz Infirmary after the classic Louis Armstrong song and because the events were held at Montréal’s historic St. James United Church.  The series opened with a jazz liturgy on Sunday, June 30, immediately followed by an intimate chat with Jean-Pierre Zanella. During the following week, Professor Cornett hosted conversations with David Murray, Karen Young, Dave Restivo, Vijay Iyer, and Oliver Jones.  

2013 Exit O International Jazz Festival Print E-mail
Written by Bridget Aarwine   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Dianne Reeves İ Bridget Aarwine

The Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, now in its second year, relied on community involvement this past weekend (November 8-10, 2013) as venues all across town and volunteers from the area opened up and served in the name of jazz.  Nine venues, one hundred plus musicians, and countless volunteers helped make the festival formerly known as the Cape May Jazz Festival a great success.  Artists such as Aaron Diehl, Eddie Palmieri, Bruce Barth & Gary Bartz, Frederic Yonnet, Robin McKelle and the Flytones, and Frank Bey welcomed the festival crowd to Cape May, NJ with performances that were so diverse, yet so full of verve and richness, that audiences seemed conflicted about leaving one show to go to another.  But even with all of the magical energy the other performers offered, the belle of the Exit 0 ball was undisputedly Ms. Dianne Reeves

The 2013 Litchfield Jazz Festival Print E-mail
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   
Thursday, 10 October 2013


June Bisantz

Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrated its 18th anniversary, August 9–11, 2013 at Goshen Fairgrounds in Connecticut.


Friday, August 9

The Friends of the Festival Opening Night Gala, a fundraiser for Litchfield Jazz Camp, starred Christine Ebersole, Aaron Weinstein, and the Emmet Cohen Trio. Gala attendees enjoyed wonderful music, fabulous food and wines, and the proceeds went to a great cause.


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