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Elmhurst Jazz Fest with Monica Mancini, Bob Mintzer Band, Clayton-Hamilton Band and more 2/22-25 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 February 2007

Bob Mintzer © Andea Canter

Elmhurst College Jazz Festival 2007 runs from February 22nd trhough the 25th and features Denis DiBlasio, Monica Mancini, Bobby Shew, Matt Harris, Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Chicago magazine once hailed the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival as “one of the best buys for your jazz dollars,” and it’s easy to see why.

Each February, the best college jazz bands in the country converge on the Elmhurst campus for three days of performances and education. The bands take turns performing for some of the greatest names in professional jazz today, who offer critiques and award a variety of honors. The professionals cap off each night of the Festival with a rousing performance of their own.

For the college bands, the Festival offers a great opportunity to learn from some of today’s greatest jazz musicians. For the audience, it’s a chance to hear up-and-coming bands—as well as jazz greats.

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Bix Jazz Festival Line-up Announced PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 26 January 2007

ImageQuad Cities - In the Roaring 20's, Davenport, Iowa, produced a legendary jazz cornetist, pianist and composer whose worldwide fame continues to grow. His name was Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, and his music continues to astound music lovers with the clarity of its tone, the musical imagination, and the complex piano compositions. He played with the great bands of the era—the Wolverines, Jean Goldkette, and Paul Whiteman.

Since 1972, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival has been held annually in July to honor this unassuming young genius whose career was cut short by his death in 1931 at the age of 28. It has been named Iowa's No. 1 tourist attraction by the Iowa Department of Tourism. This year's festival will take place Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, 2007.

Sponsored by the non-profit Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, and operated by volunteers, the Festival attracts the cream of dixieland, swing and other jazz-style bands from all over the U.S. and the world.

The bands to perform in 2007 are Randy Sandke's New York All Stars from New York, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band from Florida, Cornet Chop Suey from St. Louis, New Wolverine Orchestra from Australia, Titan Hot 7 from Florida, Uptown Lowdown Jazz from Washington, West End Jazz Band from Chicago, the Josh Duffee Orchestra from the Quad Cities, and the Creole Seranaders with Don Vappie and the New Orleans All-Stars with Duke Heitger from New Orleans.


Jamie Cullum to appear at the 2007 Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Monday, 22 January 2007

Jamie Cullum
Chillout Productions have confirmed the presence of the scruffy, self-taught British pianist/singer/songwriter, Jamie Cullum, at the 5th edition of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2007.

Jamie can create music to which both seasoned jazz fans and young pop fanatics have responded earnestly. Jamie is not just another music fad. His major label debut, “Twentysomething”, has not only made Jamie a star, but has set the records as the fastest-selling jazz debut in UK history, where it was certified Platinum in just six weeks!

“To categorize Jamie’s music as Jazz is doing him injustice because to some, Jazz is now considered largely mired in the past. However, at the same time, Cullum is not even one of those sort of a fad, glittery bubble gum wanna-be musicians. He doesn’t even fall between any styles. This HYPER LAD simply laces his original jazzy tunes with modern hip-hop, rock or even folk accents, leaving you in a relaxed and comfortable state of mind where you’d feel more secure to the future of music where piano men will be as exciting as lead guitar players!”

Gary Smulyan to Perform at Century Jazz Festival Jan. 27-28 PDF Print
Written by Larry Neumann   
Friday, 19 January 2007
Image Gary Smulyan to Perform at Century Jazz Festival Jan. 27-28 by Larry Neumann This year's Century Jazz Festival, on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, will feature the multi-award winning bari saxophonist Gary Smulyan, a first call performer out of the New York area.

Gary Smulyan is critically acclaimed as one of the major voices on the baritone saxophone today. As a teenager growing up on Long Island, Smulyan had the opportunity to perform with Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, and Jimmy Knepper.

In 1978 he was asked to join Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd, which at that time included Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson and John Riley. He left Herman in 1980 and moved back to New York to join the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra led by Bob Brookmeyer. Smulyan has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Harrell. Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea, Diana Ross, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Charles McPherson, James Moody and Slide Hampton, among others. He has recorded five CDs for the CrissCross label, including: The Lure of Beauty, Saxophone Mosaic (voted one of the best 25 CDs of 1995 by WBGO, New York's leading FM jazz station), Homage (featuring Tommy Flanagan), Gary Smulyan with Strings (selected as one of the 10 best jazz CDs of 1997 by the Boston Globe) and recently Blue Suite with Brass. Smulyan's new release, The Real Deal, on Reservoir Records is currently available.

St. Paul Winter Music Festival at Landmark Plaza, February 23-25 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Sunday, 14 January 2007
Joey DeFrancesco © Andrea Canter

Over the few years, KBEM Radio and the Hot Summer Jazz Festival have combined forces to sponsor a one-day midwinter jazz festival. Over time the festival has moved from the old Dakota in St. Paul to the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, finally to the west metro Doubletree Inn in March 2006. Finally, the winter jazz extravaganza returns to St. Paul as part of the first (hopefully annual) St. Paul Music Festival, February 23-25, centered around the historic Landmark Plaza in the center of downtown at 5th and Market Streets. Three days of music should appeal to everyone’s taste—Rock Night on Friday, a full day of blues on Saturday, and a day-long jazz celebration on Sunday. Tickets are sold separately for each event (see below), with a discount for advance purchase.

Main events will take place in the heated “freespan” tent on Landmark Plaza, with seating for 500 and concessions (food, soft drinks, beer and wine). But the music doesn’t end there as festival tickets allow free entry to additional entertainment later each evening—more rock on Friday night at the 4th Street Station, and a blues and jazz jam with the Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Winter Delights Jazz Fair - Free in Chicago January 26th-27th! PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 30 December 2006
Greg Rockingham: Deep Blue Organ Trio
The Winter Delights Jazz Fair will be presented at the Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph St, January 26-27, 2007.

The Jazz Fair has a 29 year history of showcasing the emerging and long-established jazz talen. The Jazz Fair recognizes the diverse communities and directions the music has generated and encourages the preservation and evolution of each of its forms. It truly is an event unique to Chicago--by virtue of the fact that nowhere else has the local jazz community been given the time and space to be recognized as the sum of all of its diverse parts.

Chicago Jazz Jams is the new name for the part of the winter festival that is programmed by the Jazz Institute. Presented on Friday, January 26th, this year as always, we will once again cover the whole spectrum of music for all generations -- from a jam session with top young jazz players to the premiere of a new suite of compositions by pianist Ryan Cohan to an “only-in-Chicago” mix of blues and traditional Japanese music with Yoko Noge’s Japanesque to the cool sounds of the Deep Blue Organ Trio.

On Saturday the 27th, we will present a lineup of Jazz Cinema, including the new film about Edward Wilkerson's Shadow Vignettes, ODD Eye O Mumbo Jumbo.
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