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50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Day Two: From Blues to the Silvery Moon PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Monday, 24 September 2007

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James Hunter©John Whiting
It was one of those days that made you vow to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival every September for the rest of your natural life, even if it means bringing your walker. Which plenty of people do.

Saturday is blues day, and we had two chances to hear James Hunter and Otis Taylor: first in the Arena and afterward at the Garden Stage. We chose the up-close-and-personal Garden Stage.

Hunter is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and arranger with an old-school soul man’s scream, rubbery knees, and a wicked wit. Raised in a mobile home in an onion field in Thorrington, formerly a railroad worker and busker, he has won fans including Van Morrison, who calls him “one of the best voices…in British R&B and soul.” Backed by his solid band, he delivered song after song to an audience that wanted to dance and did, including an elegant couple who dipped and twirled as if they were on a ballroom floor.

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50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Opens in the Rain PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

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Craig Taborn © Pamela Espeland
The first thing you realize about the Monterey Jazz Festival is you can’t see everything. Choose a headliner event at the Jimmy Lyons Stage (Arena) and you’re missing another live music performance you wish you could see at the Garden Stage, Dizzy’s Den, the Night Club/Bill Berry Stage, the Coffee House Gallery, or the new Lyons Lounge dance club venue.

The second thing you realize is you can’t get into everything you want. The golden anniversary of the world’s oldest continuously running jazz festival is drawing big crowds. If you bought an arena package, you have your own seat in the Arena, and that’s guaranteed; if someone else nabs it, he or she will vacate, with apologies, when you approach. Everything else is first-come, first-served, and the lines were already long on Friday, the opening night. If you planned to see the Terence Blanchard Quintet at the Night Club at 11:00 and you weren’t already inside for Geoff Keezer and Jim Hall at 9:30, good luck.

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15th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 24 August 2007

Chico Hamilton © Todd Boebel
City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 15th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. For one music-filled weekend in August, Marcus Garvey and Tompkins Square Parks draw jazz lovers from across the region to celebrate the famous saxophonist. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is set to take place on Saturday, August 25 at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, and Sunday, August 26 at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, in the neighborhoods where Parker lived and worked.

The festival assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect on Parker's musical individuality and genius to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The 15th Annual festival will offer an extraordinary line-up including legendary vocalist Abbey Lincoln, drummer Chico Hamilton, pianist Marc Cary, vocalist Lezlie Harrison, saxophonist Todd Williams and trumpeter Maurice Brown.

Last seasons’ festival was set to feature Chico Hamilton in celebration of his 85th birthday; unfortunately, an untimely illness cancelled those plans. This year, Hamilton’s drumming will shake up the bandstand on both the Saturday and Sunday programs. Hamilton represents an extraordinary link to jazz history: in the ‘40s he played with up-and-comers like Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus; as a member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet in the ‘50s, he helped give birth to cool jazz; and with his own quintet in the late ‘50s, he broke racial and stylistic boundaries.

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Grammy and Emmy winner Arturo Sandoval Headlines 4th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival September 8 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Arturo Sandoval © Andrea Canter
Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval will headline an all-star jazz line-up at the fourth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival to be held Saturday, September 8 in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. The free, outdoor program that attracted over 20,000 music lovers last year, kicks off at 4 p.m., after a jazz youth program, with master guitarist Dani Cortaza, followed by Frédéric Yonnet on the harmonica; hometown star Marcus Johnson; legendary vocalist Ethel Ennis; and an hour-and-a-half performance by Arturo Sandoval from 9:00 to 10:30 pm.

The festival will start at 2 p.m. with a showcase of local youth talent in the Jazz Ensemble Caravan, a New Orleans-style parade of youth jazz ensembles traveling throughout the community, followed by the youth bands in competition. The panel of judges will include jazz professionals and on-air jazz radio personalities. The winning youth ensemble will receive the Borders/JazzTimes trophy.
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28th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 August 2007

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Regina Carter
Today Detroit International Jazz Festival 28th annual Labor Day Weekend extravaganza, which will honor the jazz roots of Detroit and Chicago through a friendly challenge between artists from each city.  The ‘07 festival, billed as “The Rumble in the Great Lakes,” will kick off Friday, August 31st, and feature Detroit’s internationally renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter and Chicago’s Grammy-award winning jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock.

“Detroit and Chicago have produced some of the most prolific and influential jazz artists in the world,” said Terri Pontremoli, DJF executive director.  “We decided it was high time to highlight the musical contributions of both cities.  For years, Chicago and Detroit have hosted competing jazz festivals on the same weekend, so why not have an out-and-out rumble?” Pontremoli added.

DJF officials revealed the full lineup of artists, many of whom have Chicago or Detroit ties such as Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling (performing with the Wayne State Big Band), Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Bettye Lavette, The Miracles, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and Gerald Wilson.

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BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 27 – 29 Stars Roy Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, and more PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
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Joe Lovano © Andrea Canter
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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