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Preview: Twin Cities Summer Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Thursday, 19 April 2007

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Kenny Garrett © Andrea Canter
Mark your calendars now for the year’s biggest jazz event in the Twin Cities. The 2007 Twin Cities Jazz Festival (formerly the Hot Summer Jazz Festival) is back with a more concentrated program to be celebrated on two consecutive weekends in the heart of each of our cities. Headliners this year include Kenny Garrett, Chuchito Valdes, Barbara Morrison and Charmaine Neville, along with perennial “house” pianist John Weber and Cuban dynamo Nachito Herrera. Festival attendees will also have a chance to hear 14-year old sax/vocal prodigy Grace Kelly (no relation!) and to catch up on the career of saxophonist Alex Han, who debuted at the festival two years ago at the ripe age of 17.

Once again, Mears Park in downtown St. Paul will host the kickoff weekend, from Friday evening June 22 and much of the day on Saturday, June 23rd. The line up (thus far) at Mears Park’s Summit Brewing Stage:

  • Kenny Garrett (Friday, June 22). One of the most influential jazz artists of his generation, alto/soprano sax monster Kenny Garrett has been a major force in jazz since his first appearances with the Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis twenty years ago. Sizzling with the release of his acclaimed Beyond the Wall, Garrett is always a big draw and hot show.

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Arturo Sandoval, Bebel Gilberto and Federico Aubele at the 7th JVC Jazz Festival - Miami May 17-19 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
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Arturo Sandoval © Andrea Canter

The seventh annual JVC Jazz Festival - Miami  takes place Thrusday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19, 2007 and will feature a diverse lineup of performers focusing on musical styles from South, Central and North America. As in years past, the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival Miami will present great music in venues throughout the Miami area, this year including the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts' Knight Concert Hall, the Van Dyke Café, The Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club and the North Beach Bandshell. This year's festival will be sure to provide something for everyone.

Saturday, May 19 at the Knight Concert Hall, The JVC Jazz Festival - Miami proudly presents Bebel Gilberto and Federico Aubele. This will be the debut performance for Brazil's Bebel Gilberto at the Hall, hot on the heels of her third CD release, Memento. Buenos Aries native, Federico Aubele, opens the night at 8pm. Tickets for this show are on sale now!
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JazzWeek in Boston April 21st-29th PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 14 April 2007
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Grace Kelly 4/37 @ Borders
From April 21 to 29, JazzBoston (/www.jazzboston.org) will bring the first Jazz Week to Greater Boston in 25 years. Hundreds of musicians of all generations will perform jazz of every style in more than 40 venues throughout the Greater Boston area — from clubs, museums and churches to libraries, universities, hotels, and community centers. In recognition of the citywide nature of this celebration of the music that has made Boston a destination for artists and fans of every stripe, Mayor Thomas Menino has officially proclaimed the 8-day event “Jazz Week.”

Scheduled to tie into the Smithsonian Institution’s national observance of April as Jazz Month and culminate in a birthday tribute to Duke Ellington, born on April 29, Jazz Week is being directed and promoted by JazzBoston but produced independently by participating musicians, presenters, clubs, educational institutions, community centers, and other organizations. It is in every way the product of a collaborative effort by representatives of Boston’s entire jazz community, who have joined together to spread the word about the vital jazz scene that exists in Boston and keep it growing.
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Herbie Hancock Headlines 30th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival 5/26-28 2007 PDF Print
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Friday, 13 April 2007
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Herbie Hancock

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Office of Cultural Affairs is presenting music lovers with some of the most prominent artists in jazz over Memorial Day weekend! This year’s headliners include Herbie Hancock Quartet, Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Sheila E. and Laws Family. The talent doesn’t end there. The Atlanta Jazz Festival also features The Bad Plus, Mike Phillips, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Flora Purim & Airto, Charles Tolliver Big Band and many more!

Organizers recently announced an incredible line-up and new additions to this year’s festival, taking place May 26 - May 28, 2007, in Piedmont Park. During the month of May, music aficionados can celebrate 31 Days of Jazz with special events that lead up to festivities taking place over Memorial Day Weekend. Live jazz nightly at bars and nightclubs and dinner and jazz at some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants are just a few of the unique events that will take place throughout the city.
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French Quarter Festival, 15 stages of free music. April 13th-15th PDF Print
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Tuesday, 10 April 2007
John Boutte © Michael Crook
The award-winning French Quarter Festival is Louisiana's largest free music event, a three-day local music showcase scattered throughout the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are music performances on 15 stages. The community festival also features the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch," which are the festival food booths operated by nearly 60 local chefs and restaurants throughout the festival weekend. Ten stages are set up in Woldenberg Park, on Royal and Bourbon Street and at the old mint at the edge of the French Quarter. Music ranges from country to Zydeco to classic to jazz. Artists include John Boutte, the Lief Pederson 1944 Big Band, Magnolia Brass Band, , Click here for a full schedule of music:


FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL 2007
SPECIAL EVENTS

FRIDAY, April 13, 2007

1:00pm-5:00pm 11th Annual New Orleans International Music Colloquium, "New Orleans in the 1910's," featuring presentations, films, interviews, and music performances. Call (504)680-9044.
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Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 3-5, 2007, Mingus Big Bnad, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and more. PDF Print
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Monday, 09 April 2007
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Nnenna Freelon
The 12th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival line-up is set and tickets are now available for sale at www.litchfieldjazzfest.com. The event will be held on August 3, 4, 5 at the Goshen Fairground in Northwest Connecticut. This year’s line-up is a salute to jazz orchestras featuring the Mingus Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra with Nnenna Freelon, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Carla Bley and much more.

With past performers like Dave Brubeck, Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick and Diana Krall, it’s no wonder the Litchfield Jazz Festival was recently nominated for two Festie Awards by MelodyTrip.com. A long-time festival attendee called it “a most mellow and tasty event, ” and Dave Hershorin of New Orleans Radio said, “Litchfield really is what other jazz festivals wish they could be…a true gem.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, August 3, with a gala “Friends of the Festival” party, with music provided by outstanding students of Litchfield Jazz Camp and hors d'oeuvres by Jordan Caterers. The party is followed by a performance by two-time Grammy Award Winner and NEA Jazz Master, trombonist Slide Hampton. Up next is the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Six-time Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.
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