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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
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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.
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.
New Jersey Jazz Society Presents the Sanofi-Aventis JazzFest 2007 on June 9 – 10 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

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.

Louie Bellson to be Honored at Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Friday, 04 May 2007
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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