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Twin Cities Jazz Festival Kicks Off in St Paul, June 22-23 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Kenny Garrett © Andrea Canter
The schedule might seem pared back a bit this year but the quality of the music will more than compensate when the Twin Cities Jazz Festival kicks of at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul on Friday evening, June 22. With local and national acts spread over Friday evening and much of Saturday, the Summit Brewery Stage will cover much of the wide spectrum of modern jazz. The name of the festival may no longer be “Hot”—but the music will sizzle. And all Mears Park events are free!

Friday, June 22

6:30 pm, Irv Williams Quartet. What better opening act than Minnesota’s own Mr. Smooth? At 87 (nearing 88!), Irv is one of the living treasures of local music. Raised in Cincinnati and Little Rock, Williams first performed in the Twin Cities as a clarinet and sax player with the Navy during Word War II. Turning down invitations to play with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, he stayed in the Twin Cities, although his vita includes stints with Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, and Billy Eckstein. Here at home, Irv has played at every jazz venue, past and present, including the old Flame Bar where he was often back to back with such stars as Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Johnny Hodges. Retire? No chance, as Irv has demonstrated with three new CDs in the past three years! Joining Irv will be very special guest, pianist Jon Weber, who has become the “house” pianist for the festival over the past five years. Also on the bandstand, local legends Gordy Johnson on bass and Kenny Horst on drums. Let the music begin!

Litchfield Jazz Festival August 3, 4, 5 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 06 June 2007
Matt Wilson © Andrea Canter
The 12th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival 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 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.
Vision Festival XII June 19-24 in New York PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 01 June 2007
Henry Grimes © Michael Jackson
Arts for Art presents Vision Festival XII, celebrating "A Dozen Years Of Visionary Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Film And Visual Arts." The world's premier avantJazz festival will take place from June 19, 2007 - June 24, 2007, once again at the beautiful Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan's Lower East Side. This year's festival is the most ambitious Vision yet, featuring a global cast of avantJazz giants from New York, Chicago and around the world. The centerpiece of the festival will be a Lifetime Achievement Celebration for legendary trumpeter, Bill Dixon, who will compose a new piece for the Sound Vision Orchestra to be premiered at the festival on Wednesday, June 20. Founded in 1996, the Vision Festival has become the most successful artist-organized festival in the history of Jazz. We remain dedicated to presenting the finest creative artists, whose work demonstrates a disciplined disregard for traditional boundaries.

Highlights of the 2007 Vision Festival include newly commissioned works by William Parker, Bill Dixon, and Roy Campbell (with support from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors), and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (commissioned by Chamber Music America), as well as performances by Fieldwork, Spiritual Unity featuring Marc Ribot (with special guest Henry Grimes), Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Hamid Drake, Matthew Shipp Solo, Louis Moholo and Friends, T.E.C.K. String 4tet, Fred Anderson Trio, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Tim Berne, Ganelin Trio Priority, and much, much more. There will also be a special memorial tribute to the violinist Leroy Jenkins, featuring 50 violins under the direction of Billy Bang and Jason Kao Hwang. The full schedule follows.

Gaslamp Festival in San Diego PDF Print
Written by Joe Montague   
Friday, 01 June 2007

Norman Brown and Peabo Bryson © Joe Montague

Smooth jazz guitarist Norman Brown opened the act billed as Summer Storm at the 32nd annual The Harrah’s Rincon Smooth Jazz 98.1 Gaslamp Festival in San Diego, The one day festival held on May 26, featured numerous musicians and singers performing on two stages located in the city’s downtown core from mid afternoon until late evening. Brown was joined periodically on stage by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows and singer Peabo Bryson. Backed by a solid quintet consisting of a drummer, percussionist, rhythm guitar and bass player, Brown’s chords sizzled and his scatting was flawless and effortless. Often it was difficult to tell where his scatting which often transcended into more of a vocalese, ended and his guitar began.

After a couple of songs, Brown introduced Lorber to the audience. Seated behind an electric keyboard Lorber to the delight of the thousands who crowded the streets, pushing towards the front of the stage, moved into the title track from his current CD He Had A Hat.


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
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:

Dylan, Kidjo, Connick, Stern and Bourassato be Honored at Montreal Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
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.
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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