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 Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Healdsburg’s Tenth Anniversary Festival, May 30-June 8 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Charles Lloyd

It’s no longer a well-kept secret that the northern California town of Healdsburg holds one of the finest small jazz festivals in the nation. Tucked into the picturesque vineyards of Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Russian River in Sonoma County, Healdsburg welcomes a diverse array of internationally acclaimed and locally prominent musicians every summer, scattering performances around restaurants, hotel lobbies, small theaters and winery grounds, usually over the course of ten days. The 2008 festival marks the tenth anniversary of this event, and will celebrate in grand style with two weekends of prime time performances and a week of engaging jazz related activities in-between.  

Over its ten years, the festival has presented a long list of legendary performers. The first festival in 1999 included the late Billy Higgins as well as Cedar Walton and Bobby Hutcherson, who return for the anniversary celebration. Fred Hersch, Charles Lloyd, Randy Weston, the Heath Brothers, Billy Hart, Abbey Lincoln, Roy Haynes, Frank Morgan, Gary Burton, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, McCoy Tyner, Delfeayo Marsalis and Patricia Barber have all appeared over the past decade, with Hersch, Lloyd, and Hart on the bandstand several times. 

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2008 Lineup PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 15 May 2008

Dave Brubeck © Steven Sussman.

The 13th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival is set and tickets are now on sale at The event will be held on August 1, 2, 3, at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Northwest Connecticut.  Diana Krall, who made her US festival debut on the first Litchfield Jazz Festival, recently called it “one of the best festivals.”  Litchfield has a reputation for introducing the next “big thing” while also presenting jazz giants.  JazzTimes named it “among the best of the best,” and the New York Times hailed it “a model jazz lineup.”  This year’s headliners are Tony & Emmy Award winner, Bebe Neuwirth, multi-Grammy winner, Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, Dave Brubeck and John Pizzarelli, the best exponent of Sinatra’s music since Sinatra.  

With past performers like Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick and Dr. John, it’s no wonder the Litchfield Jazz Festival has been nominated for two Festie Awards and named a “Top100 Event” in the US and Canada.  The weekend kicks off on Friday, August 1, with the “Friends of the Festival Gala” at Winvian Luxury Resort in Morris, CT.  The party will offer hors d'oeuvres with fresh seasonal ingredients by Winvian’s Executive Chef, Chris Eddy, micro-brews and premium wines, with music by outstanding students of Litchfield Jazz Camp.  The party is followed by the Opening Night performances at the Goshen Fairgrounds.  Winner of nine Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, Paquito D’Rivera appears with the Zaccai Curtis Trio.  Next on the double-bill is two-time Tony & Emmy Award winning actress, singer and dancer, Ms. Bebe Neuwirth, best known as Lilith on Cheers and Frasier.  

13th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 May 2008
Grace Kelley © Andrea Canter

All the 2006 and 2007 concerts sold out--so for 2008, be sure to reserve your seats in advance for this annual Kennedy Center festival featuring today's top female jazz artists. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz--and continue to make--both here and abroad." Each evening features three unique sets featuring remarkable female jazz musicians performing with their own ensembles.

Grace Kelly
Featuring Terri Lyne Carrington
At just 15 years old, saxophonist and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alumnus Grace Kelly is rapidly moving her way up in the jazz world. With talents that far outstrip others her age, Kelly has already recorded and performed with many extraordinary musicians in notable venues. She is an award-winning recording artist who has released three CDs as a bandleader, including her 2006 release, Every Road I Walked. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, who has recorded with Grace, will join her onstage as a special guest.

Catherine Russell
Vocalist Catherine Russell's musical prowess transcends genre. Born with an enviable jazz pedigree, Russell is the daughter of the late pioneering pianist and bandleader Luis Russell and bassist Carline Ray, who is a member of Jazzberry Jam, the 2005 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award. The Wall Street Journal says "it's a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell, [who] hits a groove from note one on whatever she sings." Her latest acclaimed CD is called Sentimental Streak.
The 28th Annual Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival May 29 to June 2 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Kevin Mahogany © Andrea Canter
The 28th Annual Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival takes place Thursday, May 29th - through Sunday, June 1st in Harrisburg, PA. Central PA Friends of Jazz is a non-profit, membership jazz society presenting, promoting and preserving live jazz in south central PA since 1980.  One of the organization's major accomplishments is the annual Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival, held every June since 1981. Thius year's headliners include Randy Weston African Rhythms trio, avid Liebman, Terell Stafford, and Kevin Mahogany.

About the  2008 Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival headliners:

Kevin Mahogany burst on the scene in the mid-1990’s with a style reminiscent, but not derivative, of Joe Williams. His big, rich, mellow voice is coupled with a musical brain, no doubt enriched by his early experience as a baritone sax player. His recent release “Pride and Joy” is a jazzy set of distinctive takes on Motown classics. Newsweek called him “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.”  The Los Angeles Times said, “one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years.”  
3 day Max Roach tribute, and more for Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival's Final week PDF Print
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Sunday, 13 April 2008
Max Roach

The Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Inc. presents, as part of the 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, a three day tribute to the late jazz icon Dr. Maxwell Lemuel Roach. This programming is produced with the blessing of Max Roach's family. Beginning Friday, April 25 thru and including April 27, 2008, presentations, video footage, panel discussions and jazz performances will honor the life of this great African American artist.

At Concord Baptist Church of Christ; Boys and Girls High School; Medgar Evers College, in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn, over one hundred (100) jazz musicians/artists, such as: Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Montego Joe, Jimmy Owens, Joe Chambers, Alex Blake, Cecil Bridgewater, Sam Gill, T.K. Blue, Odean Pope and Dr. Randy Weston will pay homage to Brooklyn's legendary percussionist Max Roach. All three days of programming and concerts are free and open to the entire family.
Minnesota sur Seine Music Festival Returns to the Twin Cities May 15 through 25, 2008 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 09 April 2008

Mahmoud Ahmed, © Francis Falceto

The fourth installment of the Minnesota sur Seine music festival is coming to various Twin Cities locations from May 15 through May 25, 2008. Festival organizers today announced the confirmed shows on a lineup that features collaborations between Twin Cities and international musicians performing improvisational jazz, Celtic, hip hop, World Music, spoken word, rock and more. A hip hop show (with La Rumeur and Ursus Minor), a roots show (with the Jacky Molard Quartet and Roma di Luna), an Ethiopian master (Mahmoud Ahmed), two St. Paul Music Crawls, and a celebration of Federico Garcia Lorca (featuring Tony Hymas) are among the events on the 2008 schedule. Announcements regarding additional Minnesota sur Seine shows are expected soon. Minnesota sur Seine, which debuted in the Fall of 2004, has grown in scope from its Twin Cities-meets-Paris jazz beginnings to become a sweeping showcase of musical styles from around the world.

Minnesota sur Seine Performers and Venues. Confirmed performers for the 2008 Minnesota sur Seine include Tony Hymas, Jef Lee Johnson, Michelle Kinney, Jacqueline Ultan, Violeta Ferrer, Raymond Boni, Gabriel Gonzalez, Miguel Linares, Roma di Luna, Jacky Molard Quartet, Pablo Cueco, Bruno Chevillon, JT Bates, Francois Corneloup, Stokley Williams, Didier Petit, Gary Schulte, Tim Berne, Douglas Ewart, NBA, Mahmoud Ahmed, Milo Fine, Zeitgeist Ensemble, Carnage, Kelly Rossum, Denis Colin and more. Venues for the 2008 Minnesota sur Seine include the Black Dog Cafe, the Artists' Quarter, the Fine Line, The Cedar, Triple Rock Social Club and more to be announced later.

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