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Glendale’s Jazz & Blues Festival April 14-15 with Joey DeFrancesco PDF Print
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Tuesday, 27 March 2007
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The Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival presented by SRP is shaking things up this year as the popular free music festival marks its 24th year in Glendale. Entertainment lineup

The festival will be held Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 15  from noon to 5 p.m., in downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale avenues. Admission and parking are free.

“Moving to a two-day entertainment extravaganza will allow us to crank it up a notch to attract bigger, national acts that will dazzle music enthusiasts,” says Special Events Division Manager Martin Dickey.

This year’s festival will feature Francine Reed, who rose to prominence in her adopted hometown of Phoenix and is now known to most of the world as Lyle Lovett’s duet and backup vocalist. Reed is currently touring in support of her new album “Shades of Blue.”

Also headlining the festival is blues guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Montoya packs clubs and theaters around the world and has played major festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival and The San Francisco Blues Festival.

Headlining the jazz stage is the Joey DeFrancesco Trio. DeFrancesco, who is regarded as one of the top jazz organ virtuosos in the world, is the recipient of four consecutive Down Beat Magazine’s Critics Poll Awards. He has more than 20 solo releases on Columbia and Concord Records.
Capital City Jazz Fest - April 27-29, 2007, in Madison, WI PDF Print
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Monday, 26 March 2007
Reuben Ristrom © Andrea Canter
The 19th annual Capital City Jazz Fest will be held April 27-29, 2007, at our new venue, the Madison Quality Inn & Suites, 2969 Cahill Main, in Madison/Fitchburg. The fest performers will be: the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Bob Schulz's Frisco Jazz Band, the Reuben Ristrom Quartet and Butch Thompson of Prairie Home Companion Fame. 
Now in its 32nd year, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band plays traditional jazz. This style, as performed by the Black Eagles, covers a wide range from the early New Orleans style; Chicago of the 1920's; 1930's small band jazz; the revival of the 1940's and 1950's; and original pieces written by a number of band members.  Their repertoire of over 600 numbers includes Rags by such as Scott Joplin, arranged for the band; spirituals and gospel music; old pop tunes from the start of the 20th century to the 1960's and blues.  They have vocalists with a broad repertoire whose vocals are always well received by audiences.  This will be the band’s second appearance at the Capital City Jazz Fest.
Brubeck Festival 2007 April 11-15 PDF Print
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Thursday, 15 March 2007
Roberta Gambarini
Roberta Gambarini
Dedicated to jazz, contemporary concert music, lectures and symposia, Brubeck Festival 2007 will be held from April 11-15 in Stockton, California. An annual event that celebrates the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck, this year's festival is entitled Words with Music and honors the words and music of Iola and Dave Brubeck.

In its sixth year, the five day festival includes nine concerts, symposia and lectures centered on the University of Pacific campus. The festival's centerpiece performance is on April 13, with an evening entitled “The Dave Brubeck Songbook.”

The concert will open with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Grammy-nominated vocalist Roberta Gambarini (”* a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae” Boston Globe) and concludes with a performance of the Cannery Row Suite, commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006 and to be performed at Brubeck Festival 2007 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Triple Play (including Chris Brubeck) and others.
Golden Gala Celebration Launches the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Honoring Dave Brubeck PDF Print
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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

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March 14, 2007, Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that it will honor the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck at its Golden Gala Celebration, launching the 50th Anniversary of the fabled Festival on April 7, 2007 at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, California. In addition, the Mayor of Monterey, Chuck Della Salla has proclaimed that the week of April 8, 2007 will be Dave Brubeck week—so citizens of Monterey County can now “Take Seven.” Proceeds from the Gala will go to support the Festival’s Youth Education Programs, considered to be some of the most highly regarded in the country.

“Dave Brubeck is one of the reasons that the Monterey Jazz Festival exists,” said MJF General Manager Tim Jackson. “In 1958, Dave’s participation in getting us established and his performance at the first Festival is well-documented. Here we are, 50 years later, and his music still epitomizes the sound of jazz to the world. He is literally one of the icons of the art form. I think [MJF Founder] Jimmy Lyons would be extremely happy and proud to see that Dave is still composing and recording at age 86—and performing to packed houses.” Jackson added, “This award acknowledges the gratitude that the Festival and jazz fans from around the world feel for a man who has transcended the boundaries of what we expect a musician to be.”

2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Schedule Announced PDF Print
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Tuesday, 13 March 2007


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The premier music festival in the world, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome close to half a million visitors each year. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over the course of 2 weekends. They are Friday April 27 - Sunday, April 29 and Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6, 2007.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival schedule follows:

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians 3/22-25 PDF Print
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Friday, 09 March 2007

MJF Artist-In-Residence Terence Blanchard
Monterey, California, March 9, 2007; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958 and winner of the 2006 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for Best Festival, has announced the 3rd Annual Next Generation Festival, scheduled for March 22-25, 2007 in downtown Monterey. The weekend event, devoted to the future of jazz, includes the Festival's 37th Annual National High School Jazz Competition, with big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon. 

All Next Generation Festival competition activities are open to the public, free of charge. Complete schedule at

Attracting musicians from some of the most prestigious educational programs in the country, MJF'S Next Generation Festival represents the largest gathering of young jazz talent on the Monterey Peninsula, outside of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself. Over forty groups from ten states, from Alaska to Connecticut, will participate in the prestigious event.

The NGF weekend starts with a Kick-Off Concert in downtown Monterey's historic Golden State Theatre, featuring the judges from MJF's National High School Jazz Competition and Grammy Award winner/2007 MJF Artist-In-Residence Terence Blanchard. 

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