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 Thursday, 23 October 2014
The Women in Jazz Fesival 2008 4/4-6 PDF Print
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Sunday, 09 March 2008
Sarah McLawler
The Women in Jazz Fesival 2008 will take place on Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, at Saint Peter’s Church' 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in New York City.

International Women In Jazz ( and Midtown Arts Common will present their second annual jazz festival honoring super jazz legends Celia Cruz, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee (displaying their history in photographs and music), and living jazz legends Sarah McLawler, Marian McPartland, and Carline Ray (featuring the living legends in a panel discussion). The festival will include: live jazz jam with college students and other musicians, business management panel discussion, "What Is Jazz?" workshop for youth, concerts featuring dynamic bands led by women jazz musicians, and major concerts Saturday and Sunday evenings.

International Women in Jazz and Midtown Arts Common (of which Saint Peter’s Church/Jazz Ministry is a member) are continuing their partnership. They are presenting this festival to recognize the achievements and significance of women jazz musicians and to give women jazz musicians the opportunity to share their talent with other members of the jazz world.

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Blue Apple Blues (B.A.B.) Festival Poised To Crash the Mansion in Downtown Manhattan on April 3rd PDF Print
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Sunday, 09 March 2008
Elliot Sharp

The Big Apple, a distance from the  Mississippi delta, is  not often associated with the blues.    But the city  is home to a number of blues bands that bring a fresh approach to traditional blues   The Blue Apple Blues (B.A.B.) Festival aims to crash beyond tried and true formulas by offering the blues scene fresh sounds and a new approach born of the city. Audiences are sure to be impressed by the vitality and variety of talent offered at this event bringing blues out of the swamp and onto the NYC pavement. Innovation tempered by time honored tradition lies at the heart of B.A.B. Fest.

What:Blue Apple Blues (B.A.B.) Festival @ Crash Mansion
When: Thursday, April 3, 7:30pm – 1am
Where: Crash Mansion
199 Bowery @ Spring Street
New York, NY 10002
Admission: $15 at door (age 21 and over)
B.A.B. Festival phone contact: 212-580-0602
9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival: BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition PDF Print
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Friday, 22 February 2008
Nancy Wilson © Charles Bush

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC presents its 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival from March 29 - May 2, 2008, with concerts and events in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Midwood, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn.

This year's festival theme is, BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition. "Tradition makes reference to our ancestors and the cultural legacy they left behind. Eubie Blake (in the 1920's), Billie Holiday and Betty Roche (in the late 1930's), Max Roach, Cecil Payne, Chief Bey, Willie Jones, Kenny Dorham and C. Scoby Stroman (in the late 1940's and beyond) paved a path for the jazz legacy of Brooklyn, New York.  Today in 2008, we must research and study the Jazz legacy of Brooklyn and use it to mold and shape the future of our lives - 'Music is the healing force of the universe (Albert Ayler),'" said Jitu Weusi, Chairman of Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.

BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition is a cultural celebration which also brings together our borough's creative communities (literature, film, photography and education) with Jazz. Programs and performances will be held at Weeksville Heritage Center, Dr.. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch, Medgar Evers College, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Historical Society, Concord Baptist Church of Christ as well as Brooklyn's popular entertainment venues: Sista's Place, Solomon's Porch, BAMcafe Live, Jazz Spot, Williamsburg Music Center, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club and Jazz 966 just to name some. 
The 25th Annual Pensacola JazzFest- Saturday & Sunday April 5 and 6, 2008 PDF Print
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Friday, 22 February 2008
Butch Thompson

Pensacola JazzFest, now in its 25th year, is a FREE all-jazz festival held in downtown, historic Seville Square. The event is administered by the Jazz Society of Pensacola with able assistance from WUWF-FM and the Arts Council of Pensacola. The two-day festival, held in early spring each year, celebrates America's Unique Musical Art Form--Jazz. The Jazz Society of Pensacola works all year to present this festival as its annual gift to the community. Appreciation is expressed to our individual and corporate donors as well as the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and the Florida Arts Council.

The 25th Annual Pensacola JazzFest featued artists:

Butch Thompson’s Big Three.
Thompson, an acclaimed pianist and Jelly Roll Morton scholar heard regularly as part of the Prairie Home Companion broadcasts, will be joined by vocalist/banjoist Jimmy Mazzy of Boston and trumpeter Duke Heitger of New Orleans. This trio has recorded and toured nationally and internationally. From Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” to W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” and Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin,” this unique jazz trio led by pianist Butch Thompson plays an exciting program of American classics—jazz from the beginning. Trumpeter Duke Heitger and banjoist/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy join Butch in a show that ranges from Dixieland to lowdown blues—or as New Orleans pianist Jelly Roll Morton put it, “everything from blues to opera.”
Grand Marais Minnesota Jazz Festival May 9-11, 2008 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Tony Monaco
This year, Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Cook County Minnesota Tourism Associations and Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, will host a county-wide jazz festival across Cook County Minnesota including performances in Grand Portage, Lutsen-Tofte, and downtown Grand Marias with additional performances at lodges and resorts along the historic Gunflint Trail.

Top-flight performers include Hammond B-3 Organ Wizard Tony Monaco, Jazz Trumpeter Avishai Cohen from New York, Flutist Gina Todd & Guitarist Brien Morrison, The Erin Bode Group, Axis Mundi World Music Trio with Glen Helgeson, Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club, Chicago Jazz Vocal / Guitar Duo Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger, New Orleans Jazz Pianist Chris Gillis, Jazz Violinist Max Bichel, Vocalist Carah Thomas, Gypsy Swing Singer Rhonda Laurie and more.
Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival Turns 40 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Oldest, largest competition of its kind in U.S. has benefited thousands of young musicians since 1969

3,000 musicians, 200 bands compete for $175,000 in scholarships, Saturday, February 9
Berklee College of Music's annual High School Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the U.S., will celebrate its 40th anniversary, Saturday, February 9, at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend as more than 3,000 students and 200 bands will perform and compete for tuition scholarships totaling $175,000—the highest amount awarded in the history of the festival. 

Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival, originally known as the New England High School Stage Band Festival, was initiated by former college president Lee Elliot Berk.  At the first competition, which took place March 15, 1969, at the 1140 Boylston St. building on Berklee's campus, there were 21 bands, and Rush-Henrietta Central High School Band (Rochester, NY), directed by Thomas Ghidiu, was the winning ensemble. Over the years, thousands of high school students and music educators have benefited from the performance evaluations, clinics, workshops, and scholarship opportunities available.

Lawrence Bethune, Berklee’s vice president for student affairs/dean of students, has been involved in each of the festivals over the past four decades. “I’ve watched this festival grow and evolve into an amazing day of music and  education,” he says. “This is an important event that has touched and improved the musical lives of thousands of young people.”

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