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BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 27 – 29 Stars Roy Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, and more Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 August 2007
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Boston, Berklee College of Music announces a star-shining lineup for the 7th Annual BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 27 – 29, at various locations around Boston. In its second year of producing the festival, Berklee will bring Grammy-winning, internationally renowned superstars and cornerstones of the Boston jazz scene together on a number of stages in free and ticketed offerings that last year drew upwards of 50,000 people.

More than 30 jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts will perform at Symphony Hall, Scullers Jazz Club, the Beehive, and outdoor stages along Columbus Avenue. The BeanTown Jazz Festival is sponsored by Sovereign Bank and Target. For a complete list of all events, venues, and performers, visit beantownjazz.org.

The crown jewel is the September 28 opening night concert directed by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein entitled A Celebration of Jazz and Joyce - A Concert to Establish the Joyce Alexander Wein Scholarship Fund. Promising to be one of the great jazz concerts in Boston history, the lineup features Roy Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Lizz Wright, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, Kenny Werner, Howard Alden, Jimmy Cobb and Ray Drummond. More names will be announced soon. The concert takes place at Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100, $70, $55, and $40.00 and are on sale now at bso.org, or by calling 888-266-1200. The Symphony Hall box office opens on September 4.

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30th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert now a Week Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

ImageThe John Coltrane Memorial Concert celebrates its 30th anniversary by expanding its annual programming to one full week of paying tribute to one of the most influential musicians of our time. From September 16-22, the 'Trane legacy will be granted the intense focus it very much deserves. Featured performers include Ravi Coltrane Quartet & Amiri Baraka, Bill Pierce Quartet with Mulgrew Miller, John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, Aardvark Orchestra and others.

Both Boston and Cambridge have joined hands in declaring this week in September as the week to pay special attention to a man who long after his death continues to shape America's musical heritage, jazz and otherwise. Some may argue that his influence reaches far beyond the musical realm - since his works have more than once served as symbols for social causes and spiritual enlightenment, including the quest for world peace. No matter what the claim, John Coltrane, born on September 23, 1926 (only to die young on July 17, 1967), lives on in the hearts and minds of both musicians and listeners alike.

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Long Beach -Hot Summer Jazz Festival Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 August 2007

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Long Beach-For two decades the Long Beach Jazz Festival has been showcasing the best in jazz, R&B, and smooth jazz as the premier jazz festival in Southern California. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the festival, founder Al Williams delivered as promised to pull out all the stops. Highlights for this year’s festival included a nightly fireworks show with performances by some of the best and brightest in the jazz, smooth jazz and R&B genres. The festival debuted the inaugural Long Beach Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the Al Williams Jazz Heritage Award. For the first time, an additional stage was set up in the pavilion area to showcase local talent.

Friday night-Pastor Raymond LeBlanc of First Lutheran Church of Long Beach said the opening prayer to officially get the festival underway. Reggie Harrison-Long Beach City Manager presented Al Williams a Proclamation on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Long Beach Jazz Festival.

 

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29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival - August 30-September 2, 2007 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 August 2007
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The lineup for the 29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30-September 2, 2007 and complete schedule follows. The festival begins with a ticketed concert at the Chicago Symphony Center on August 30 that will feature An Evening with Herbie Hancock beginning at 7:30p.m. This Academy Award and multiple Grammy ® Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago is known for incorporating elements of rock, funk and soul into his songs. Ticket prices range from $16 to $46 and are available at the Chicago Symphony Center box office (312) 294-3000 or on www.cso.org .

Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, all are invited to join the festivities in Grant Park FREE music on three stages. The event opens daily at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon on the Jazz on Jackson stage and 12:30 p.m. at the Jazz and Heritage Family Stage. Then at 5 p.m., music lights up the night at the Petrillo Music Shell for three evenings of spectacular Jazz performances, tributes and entertainment for any fan of Jazz music to enjoy.
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Jazz Improv LIVE! presents: McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Geri Allen, Pat Martino, Wallace Roney ... Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 August 2007

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The First Annual Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 Convention & Festival billed as the The One International Convention For Jazz Fans will take place on October 25-28, at The New Yorker Hotel and Manhattan Center, 34th Street & 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, New York.   Among the highlights are the exclusive U.S. appearance of the McCoy Tyner All Star Trio featuring bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Sun Ra Arkestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wallace Roney Group, Geri Allen Trio, Roy Haynes Quartet, Pat Martino Quartet, Sonny Fortune Quartet, and the Jimmy Bruno Trio.

The event will feature over 150 activities, a 12,000 square foot jazz expo area, and scores of performances, all day and evening, on multiple stages, by leading and emerging artists covering the broadest array of jazz genres. Advance registration to Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 is suggested so that attendees may obtain proper badges and credentials to ensure entry to the Thursday evening October 25 opening event of Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 - a kickoff party at Virgin Megastores Times Square Store ( www.virgin.com/megastores ) featuring an exclusive performance by a headliner (to be announced)..

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2007 Lansing JazzFestBreaks Records Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 August 2007
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LANSING, Mich.– The 13th annual Lansing JazzFest took place last weekend, boasting a top-notch line-up and breaking attendance records. The two-day, three-stage event, which is put on annually by the Old Town Business and Art Development Association (OTBADA), took place at the corner of Turner St. and Grand River Ave. in Old Town’s historic commercial district.

JazzFest is the fastest growing festival of any kind as well as the largest free music event in mid-Michigan, but the overwhelming success of this year’s event surprised even the event’s coordinators.

“This was a record crowd for Jazzfest, almost doubling last year’s attendance,” said OTBADA president Terry Terry. “We had well over 15,000 attendees, perfect weather, phenomenal music and a really fun crowd from all over the state.”

Lisa Smith, Public Relations chair for the festival admits, “After several years of promoting this event we could feel that this year the festival had taken flight in a bigger way. Media outlets were inquiring early-on, from every area of Michigan.”

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