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14th Annual Lansing Jazz Festival - August 1 & 2, 2008 PDF Print
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Friday, 25 July 2008

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.

Jeff Lorber, Kendrick Oliver to Headline The 17th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz PDF Print
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Tuesday, 08 July 2008
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.
The 13th Litchfield Jazz Festival brings out the best, August 1, 2, 3 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 05 July 2008
Paquito D'Rivera © Andrea Canter
The Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates 13 years at the Goshen Fairgrounds, August 1, 2, 3. This is not just great jazz, it’s a great summer experience. From a sell-out Opening Night Gala and three days of extraordinary jazz, to unique and beautiful crafts and tasty treats ranging from terrific Thai to the best four-alarm chili anywhere —this is a festival like no other.  The Litchfield Jazz Festival is known for booking the best in jazz, this years stellar line-up is no exception, it includes: Paquito D’Rivera with the Zaccai Curtis Trio, Bebe Neuwirth, the Winard Harper Sextet, the Nicole Zuraitis Quartet, the Kenny Werner Trio, a Wayne Shorter Tribute Big Band led by David Weiss, Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Miles & ‘Trane, the Jimmy Greene Quartet, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, and John Pizzarelli with the Dear Mr. Sinatra with Orchestra.

Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-born composer and musician, has received many awards including 9 Grammy Awards; the National Medal for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master award; a Fellowship in Music Composition by the Guggenheim Foundation; and a Living Jazz Legend Award at the Kennedy Center and the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences paid tribute to Paquito for his "outstanding body of work."
Fred Hersch and Kurt Elling: Poetic Collaboration at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Saturday, 07 June 2008

Fred Hersch©Andrea Canter

The tenth annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival was my third. And it won’t be my last. Amidst the wineries, bike trails, rolling hills and galleries of Sonoma County, Jessica Felix and company have been putting on one of the nation’s finest, if one of the least hyped, jazz festivals. For the tenth anniversary, many past performers returned, a cast as compelling as any at Monterrey, Montreal, or Montreux. The second weekend boasted the likes of Cedar Walton, Billy Hart, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron and Bobby Watson. Not able to spend ten days in such surroundings, I opted for the first weekend (May 30-31), featuring the Charles Lloyd Quartet/Trio and, most intriguing, the Fred Hersch Trio with Kurt Ellling. 

I don’t remember when I first became a true believer in the art of Fred Hersch. He’s the “pianists’ pianist,” a mentor and teacher to many of today’s most accomplished artists while his own performance chops are often overlooked by general audiences even if highly acclaimed by critics. A master of nuance, an oblique interpreter, and inventive composer, Fred has particularly worked creatively with vocalists. His setting of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was his first collaboration with vocalist nonpareil Kurt Elling, an interaction delightfully reprised this night in Santa Rosa. Elling, in addition to his physical control and emotional power, has vaulted to the top of the kingdom of jazz singers, his generation’s answer to Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy, an inventive interpreter and lyricist who has given new life to not only Walt Whitman but to such diverse works as “Body and Soul” and John Coltrane’s “Resolution.” I’ve seen Hersch at Jazz Standard in Manhattan, the Artists Quarter and Orchestra Hall in the Twin Cities; Elling at Birdland and back home at the Dakota in Minneapolis. To see them together, I didn’t question my choice to attend the festival’s first weekend.  

Just Down the Road: The Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 4-6 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Sunday, 01 June 2008

Jazz on the Pentacrest: The Geoff Keezer Trio at the 2006 ICJF (Andrea Canter)

Nostalgia might have prompted my first trip to my hometown jazz festival in Iowa City, but the quality of the music and organization bring me back. Within a day’s drive of the Twin Cities (about 5 hours south), Chicago, Omaha and St. Louis, the Iowa City Jazz Festival has deservedly earned its “top ten” reputation among free public festivals nationwide. Beyond three stages boasting the best in national, local and student musicians, the ICJF supplies the classiest “street food” in mid-America, and the sum total is one hot holiday weekend, July 4-6.  

The 18th Toyota Scion Iowa City Jazz Festival is now a component of the Iowa City Summer of the Arts; long-time festival director and guitarist Steve Grismore remains on the scene as festival coordinator. Summer of the Arts brings several big events under one umbrella and calls attention to Iowa City as the cultural mecca it has become, featuring music, dance, theater and creative arts of all sorts throughout the summer (and, in fact, all year long). But the biggest draw to this college community in eastern Iowa is the jazz festival, bringing an average of 25,000 each summer to the heart of downtown and the University of Iowa campus. Now held on the partially shaded lawn of the famed Pentacrest (the center of the U of I administration anchored by “Old Capitol”—Iowa’s first statehouse), the festival has grown from a one-day local showcase in 1991 to a three-night/two-day jazz menagerie combining the highest level of international touring artists with local, college and high school bands, late night jams at the Sheraton Hotel, radio interviews, school clinics, and more.  

Sanofi-Aventis Jazzfest 2008 - June 6 – 8 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey PDF Print
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Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tony DeSare by Bill Westmoreland

One of the longest running straight ahead jazz festivals in the Northeast, the sanofi-aventis Jazzfest presented by the New Jersey Jazz Society will bring more than 120 musicians to the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey starting with a free concert at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, June 6 and continuing all day Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. The gates open at 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. A few of the musicians featured include Bucky Pizzarelli, Nicki Parrott, Cynthia Sayer, Tony DeSare, Jerry Vezza, Cat Russell, Houston Person, Carrie Jackson, Joe Temperley and Eric Comstock. Advance sale discounts are available by calling 800-303-6557 or on line at Students are only $10.00 per day and young people 16 and under are free.

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