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Monterey Jazz Festival: Jazz in the City by the Sea PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

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Cassandra Wilson by Clay Patrick McBride 2006
 

The longest-running jazz festival in the world, the Monterey Jazz Festival (officially the Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon; September is one month I don’t mind paying my cell phone bill) is now in its 51st year.  

This will be my fourth year in a row at the festival. I first went in 2005 to celebrate a friend’s birthday and fell in love with the setting (20 oak-studded acres), the ambience (laid-back), and the vibe. It’s always an A-list lineup and there’s no downside to spending a few days in Monterey, California, a coastal town south of San Francisco and Santa Cruz, near Carmel and Pacific Grove and north of Big Sur, a storied destination if you dare to drive the spectacularly scenic and often hair-raising Highway 1. 

As MJF begins its second half-century, I’m faced with the delicious dilemma of the festivalgoer: How to choose what to see when you have several choices, all tempting and several happening simultaneously? Should I see Cassandra Wilson (in her Festival debut) or Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts? MJF/51 artist-in-residence Christian McBride’s quintet or Terence Blanchard’s? A Cannonball Adderley tribute with Nancy Wilson, Terrence Blanchard, and Tom Scott, or Matt Wilson with Bill Frisell?  

The Kyle Eastwood Band or his dad Clint in conversation with Jamie Cullum? Kurt Elling or B-3 sensation Barbara Dennerlein? Elling or Herbie Hancock? A newly commissioned work by composer Maria Schneider or the ever-popular Tuck & Patti, last seen at MJF in 1984? 

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Jazz for All, Love for Jazz: The 29th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 08 September 2008

 

Artist in Residence, Christian McBride ©Andrea Canter

“Throughout the annual Labor Day festival... there were six- to seven-hour shifts during which you could only throw up your hands and laugh at the orgy of overlapping talent on the menu. The point is not so much that bigger is better but that better is better.”  – Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press 

Detroit is not a destination city. Its depressed economy, high unemployment, and reputed urban crime rates have served to separate Motor City from more appealing centers of Midwest tourism and conventioneering. But consider the origins of jazz, a music that rose like the Phoenix from the ashes of adversity, swathed in a spirit of hope in the future and simply joy in living another day. Jazz of course was not born in Detroit, but the city nevertheless embraces this music as if it is indeed its native tongue, and when Labor Day weekend comes around, Detroit is no longer Mo’town. It’s Bop City.  

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Detroit Jazz Festival Will Be A Love Supreme! August 29-September 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Friday, 22 August 2008

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Christian McBride©Andrea Canter
 

“This [2007] was one of the best festivals in a long time!  It was great to have a jazz festival actually present America’s classical music.”– Regina Carter, jazz violinist and 2007 Artist in Residence   

 

The largest free jazz festival in North America brings a long list of acclaimed performers and local standouts to six stages when the 29th annual Detroit Jazz Festival gets underway on August 29th. “A Love Supreme: The Philly-Detroit Summit” celebrates the music and musicians of Motor City and the City of Brotherly Love, under the direction of Artist-In-Residence and monster Philly-born bassist Christian McBride. Taking over downtown Detroit, the festival will stretch from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, with Woodward Avenue in-between transformed as a pedestrian corridor. A broad range of music will be incorporated into the weekend, with blues, gospel and R&B sprinkled among one of the world’s most high-powered list of jazz acts. The nonprofit festival is supported in large part by an endowment from Mack Avenue Records.
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30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Headlines Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, August 28-31 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 28 July 2008
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Sonny Rollins


The Chicago Jazz Festival, the city of Chicago's longest running music festival, announces headliners Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman for the 30th Annual event, August 28-31, 2008. What was born from concerts to remember jazz greats Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, has turned into an annual celebration of jazz music that is not to be missed. This Labor Day weekend tradition begins with a free evening concert at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on August 28, and then moves to Grant Park for three days of free music, August 29-31.

What better way to begin the celebration of 30 years of jazz than with two-time GRAMMY Award winner and 2004 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Sonny Rollins. Rollins officially opens The Chicago Jazz Festival on August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at a new location, the world-renowned Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Rollins is one of the last of the originals-a running mate of Miles Davis, Clifford Jordan and Max Roach, he was among the inventors of the language of Bebop. Rollins emerged from shedding time in Chicago in the 50s with a signature sound that has astounded audiences and inspired countless musicians for over 50 years.
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14th Annual Lansing Jazz Festival - August 1 & 2, 2008 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 25 July 2008

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Lansing Symphony Big Band

The 2008 JazzFest, now in its 14th year, is free and features national, regional and local acts presented to an audience of approximately 15,000 people at the intersection of Turner St. and Grand River Ave. in Old Town, Lansing Michigan. JazzFest truly is living music, history in the making – each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn't been played at any other festival.

The 2008 JazzFest features one of Motown’s finest jazz horn players, a trio of jazz greats that have played Hollywood, the Halls of Higher Learning and everywhere in between – plus a blend of local favorites guaranteed to please any jazz enthusiast.

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Jeff Lorber, Kendrick Oliver to Headline The 17th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 08 July 2008
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Jeff Lorber


From Latin rhythms to cool jazz to red-hot licks, the 17th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (GHFJ) will showcase the full spectrum of jazz stylings from some of music’s greatest artists in the capitol city’s Bushnell Park this summer, July 18-19-20. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz was recently selected by the readers of Hartford Magazine 2007 Readers’ Poll as the Runner-up for Best Annual Event! Sponsored by the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG), the GHFJ is the largest FREE outdoor jazz festival in New England. The Festival attracts an average attendance of 30,000 music lovers to Bushnell Park over the course of the weekend. This is a free event.

For 2008, organizers of the 17th annual Festival have lined up three days of FREE music that celebrates the eclecticism of today’s jazz, from hot Latin sounds, straight up jazz, and big band like you’ve never heard it before!

On Friday, July 18, the festival kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage at the Thomas D. Harris IV Pavilion with Mike Arroyo straight from Puerto Rico.
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