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29th Cape May Jazz Festival - The Next Wave, April 18-20 PDF Print
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Monday, 07 April 2008
Chuchito Valdés © Andea Canter

The Cape May Jazz Festival proudly presents many of the finest "young lions" in jazz today. As a natural successor to our 28th Festival "Favorites Return", the "Next Wave" features an elite up-and-coming new breed of artists: cutting edge musicians across many jazz genres, each honoring the legendary players who came before. This is a must attend weekend for any jazz lover with roots in the past, and an ear towards the future!

Who better to celebrate the past and future of contemporary jazz than the legendary Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman on Friday April 18th! Having spent much of the past twenty years on the Billboard Jazz charts, the "Ripps" early personnel include David Benoit & Kenny G, and have featured guest stars including Arturo Sandoval, Willy Chirino, Dave Grusin, Joe Sample, Dave Koz, Bob James, Kirk Whalum... the list goes on. The Rippington's "Moonlighting" has been called from "the #1 Most Influential Contemporary Jazz Album of All Time"(Jazziz). And if that isn't enough, discover more great talent throughout Cape May with Chuchito Valdes, Sila and AfroFunk, Sue Giles, Robert Glasper, Courtney Bryan with Christian Scott, and the driving blues of Anthony Gomes.
Monterey Jazz Festival - Next Generation Festival, April 3-6 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Christian McBride
The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958 and JazzTimes Readers’ Poll winner for Best Festival for the last three years, has announced the 4th Annual Next Generation Festival, April 3 - 6, 2008 in downtown Monterey. The weekend event, devoted to the future of jazz, includes the Festival's 38th Annual National High School Jazz Competition, with Big Bands, Combos, Vocal Ensembles, and Individual Musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon.

All Next Generation Festival competition events - from the Kick-Off Concert on Friday, April 4 to the exuberant and electric Big Band Finals on Saturday, April 5 and the College Big Band finals on Sunday, April 6 - will be open to the public, free of charge. The Festival will also conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions in the heart of the historic Monterey, with music to be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the host Portola Plaza Hotel, in the recently renovated historic Golden State Theatre, at Fisherman’s Wharf, and at Monterey Live.

For a complete schedule of activities and competition times, visit A list of the participating schools can be found at the end of this article.
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.

Festival Event Schedule
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.”
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