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Long Beach -Hot Summer Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Ricky Richardson   
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 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 09 August 2007
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Herbie Hancock
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 ... PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
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 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007
Mose Allison © Myrna Jacobs
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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Freedom Jazz Festival: The Ball at the Falls, August 11th PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Sunday, 29 July 2007

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The 9th annual Freedom Jazz Festival will be held at historic Minnehaha Falls Park in south Minneapolis on August 11th. An event that truly celebrates family and community as well as America’s indigenous music, music reigns from noon til dark at “The Ball at the Falls,” featuring mostly jazz as well as blues, funk, gospel, R & B, and world music. Among the performers this year will be local sax legend Dean Brewington; Peruvian guitar master Andres Prado; Ipso-Facto guitarist Wain McFarlane; producer/saxman/keyboardist Walter Chancellor; worldy groovers The Bill Crutcher Group; the soulful voices of Thomasina Petrus and Bruce Henry; mighty percussion leaders Patrice and Kevin Washington; trumpeter Jeff Keys and Urban Cadence; and more!

 

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Mose Allison Headlines the Lansing JazzFest - August 3 & 4, 2007! PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 20 July 2007
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Entering its 13th year, the Lansing JazzFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 15,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. JazzFest's music 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. On Friday, August 3rd performers include: Kris Johnson Quartet, Neil Gordon Quartet featuring Dan Jacobs, Paul VornHagen Quintet, Jazz Karaoke, Mose Allison, Sunkwa, and Mike Skory's Jazz All Stars. And on Saturday, August 4 the lineup features: Lanswingers, Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan, Mike Daniels Drum Clinic, Message Makers Band, Community Dance Project, Jim Cooper Quartet, Organissimo, Sunkwa, Too Smooth for Notes, Caleb Curtis Quintet, Koke McKesson, Mose Allison, Ritmo, and Mike Skory's Jazz All-Stars — South Stage.

This year's festival will take place Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4, 2007, in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City's art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Vendors line the streets offering ethnic food, beverages, art, clothing, and crafts, and nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours. Visit  www.jazzlansing.com for more details.
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