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 Wednesday, 22 October 2014
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Holland and Hall, Hargrove and More at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 1-10 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Friday, 25 May 2007
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Roy Hargrove © Ian Gittler
Tucked into the vineyards and rolling hills of Sonoma County, the 9th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival offers an all-star lineup over ten days, and features some of the biggest names in modern jazz. Since its inception under the direction of Jessica Felix, the Healdsburg festival has become one of the jazz nation’s best kept secrets, a mecca for talent unrivaled by the big name festivals yet sequestered in a laid-back, easy-going setting for those seeking refuge from urban chaos. Just two hours north of San Francisco but eons from city congestion, Healdsburg is home to artists, wineries and gourmet dining, as well as to a series of jazz education programs throughout the year, culminating in the June festival. Headliners this year include Patricia Barber (June 2), Delfeayo Marsalis’ New Orleans Quintet (June 3), the Jim Hall/Dave Holland Duo (June 9), the George Cables Project (June 10), and Roy Hargrove with Roberta Gambarini (June 10).

Events, some ticketed and some free, are held throughout Healdsburg and surrounding Sonoma wine country:

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Dylan, Kidjo, Connick, Stern and Bourassato be Honored at Montreal Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Thursday, 24 May 2007
Montreal, Thursday, May 24, 2007 - Bob Dylan, Angélique Kidjo and Harry Connick, Jr., guitarist Mike Stern and pianist François Bourassa are the 2007 winners of prestigious prizes awarded annually by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to artists who've made extraordinary contributions to the evolution of music. This year, they'll receive, respectively, the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Ella Fitzgerald Award, Miles Davis Award and Oscar Peterson Award.
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Bob Dylan

Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award : Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the second artist to receive the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award. With this award, created especially on the occasion of its 27th edition, the Festival wishes to showcase quality and musical innovation, as well as the author-composer-performer's undeniable influence on the international pop music scene. Legend, icon, voice of his generation-and beyond. Bob Dylan is one of those rare artists for whom conventional accolades will not suffice. Almost 50 years into a career, with a higher profile than he's had in decades, the man, the writing and the voice are timeless and timely. Bob Dylan's latest, Modern Times, went to #1. A habitual Nobel Prize nominee for literature, he is studied in university curricula and from the orchestra seats at his concerts. Bob Dylan and his band, Pleins feux General Motors series, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA, Thursday July 4, special time - 7:30 p.m.
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New Jersey Jazz Society Presents the Sanofi-Aventis JazzFest 2007 on June 9 – 10 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

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Bob Dorough

The New Jersey Jazz Society Presents the Sanofi-Aventis JazzFest 2007 on June 9 – 10 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey New Jersey’s oldest jazz festival will feature more than 60 artists and will be held on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Jazzfest 2007 celebrates the past, present and future of jazz with some of today’s greatest musicians. Presenting a weekend of nonstop music, Jazzfest has become one of the region’s most popular summer festivals over the past three decades.

The music begins at noon each day and runs nonstop in three venues until 6:00 pm. On Saturday, June 9, the featured artists will include: Winard Harper Sextet, Earl May Quintet featuring Houston Person, Hendrik Meurkens Jazz Samba Quintet, Midiri Brothers Band, Sarah Partridge Trio, and the Bob Dorough Trio. On Sunday, June 10 the featured artists will be: Ken Peplowski Quintet, Dick Meldonian Big Band, Five Play, featuring musicians from Diva, Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Band featuring Harry Allen, the Jay Leonhart Trio, and the Nancy Nelson Trio. This year’s festival will once again kick off with a free concert on June 2nd.

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Louie Bellson to be Honored at Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Friday, 04 May 2007
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Louie Bellson
The Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival has selected legendary Jazz drummer Louie Bellson as one of this years recipients of the annual Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award certificates July 14 along with this year’s festival headliner Monty Alexander. Past recipients include: Horace Silver, Sammy Nestico, Ernie Andrews, Richie Cole and Dick Berk.

Referred to by jazz critic Leonard Feather as "one of the most phenomenal drummers in history," Louie Bellson has expressed himself on drums since age three. At 15, he pioneered the double bass drum set-up. At 17, he triumphed over 40,000 drummers to win the Gene Krupa drumming contest. Louie has performed on more than 200 albums, with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Bellson's late wife, Pearl Bailey.

"His ability to cover the whole musical spectrum, from an elite percussionist to a very gifted composer and arranger, never ceases to amaze me. I consider him one of the musical giants of our age." - Oscar Peterson

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Celebrating Women in Jazz: The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, May 10-12 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007

"If we are to make progress in modern music, we must be willing and able to open our minds to new ideas and developments." --Mary Lou Williams

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Jane Ira Bloom by Susan Cook

Celebrating the spirit of the “First Lady of Jazz Piano,” the 12th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest jazz artists on the planet, May 10-12 at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Williams, who composed for Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, performed with sax legends Ben Webster and Lester Young, and mentored such luminaries as Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, has been a source of inspiration to several generations of young women seeking careers in jazz as performers, composers, arrangers, and educators. Notes Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor, “From May 10–12, I invite you to open your minds, ears, and hearts to three days of remarkable music by more of the greatest musicians playing jazz today. Their sounds are wonderfully unique: big band bravado, soulful ballads, really cool blues, and so much more! Like Mary Lou Williams, they keep propelling us forward –Straight Ahead!”

Highlights of this year’s three-day festival include performances by Lynne Arriale, Flora Purim, Hiromi, and the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Star Band, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award presentation to Jane Ira Bloom, the finals of the third Mary Lou Williams Jazz Pianist Competition, and festival jam session.

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300 artists in nearly 200 concerts at the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival New York, June 17 - 30 PDF Print
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
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Tickets are on sale now for the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival - New Yor, which takes place June 17 - 30 with more than 300 artists in nearly 200 concerts and events (including clubs) at 28 venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and reaching as far as Philadelphia.

Festival highlights include 80th birthday celebrations for Eartha Kitt and Lee Konitz ... 70th birthday festivities for Ron Carter and Nancy Wilson ... the return of soul diva Patti LaBelle and the barefoot diva Cesaria Evora ... salutes to Benny Carter, Ruby Braff, Jimmy McPartland and jazz maven Phoebe Jacobs ... a double dose of hot new talent with India.Arie and Lizz Wright ... a unique concert pairing with Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman at The Town Hall ... and six free concerts at Macy's across New York City and Philadelphia.
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