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Lineup announced for the 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival June 16th-17th at the Hollywood Bowl PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
NEA JAzz Master, Phil Woods
From straight ahead to contemporary jazz, scorching blues to swinging big band, fiery salsa and world music, the 29th annual Playboy Jazz Festival will present a stellar lineup of talent, representing the entire spectrum of jazz on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, at the world famous Hollywood Bowl. Featuring renowned jazz giants, international superstars, and emerging newcomers, the two day event will present a variety of highly anticipated debuts by veteran artists and today's most acclaimed young talents, as well as the return of popular Festival favorites.

The high priestess of the blues, three time Grammy winner Etta James performs with the heartfelt passion of someone who has lived what she sings. With over a dozen top ten R& B smashes and more than 25 chart toppers to her credit, she is the recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, is in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and has her own star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Returning to the Festival for her seventh appearance, the incomparable James will perform with her well known Roots Band, showing off the extraordinary vocal prowess and sassy blues style that has become her trademark, and made her a Festival favorite who never fails to rock the house.
27th Cape May Jazz Festival Presents ‘Tribute to Wes Montgomery” PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 February 2007
Pat Martino © Jimmy Katz
The 27th Cape May Jazz Festival, presented by Bank of America, is very proud to announce its Spring festival lineup, in tribute to the legendary jazz guitarist, Wes Montgomery, April 20th, 21st , and 22nd, 2007.  Wes Montgomery’s ingenuity and dedication to innovative jazz guitar, combined with his soft, swinging sound, set the artistic pace and mood for Jazz throughout the 1960s.  PAT MARTINO opens up the festival at Cape May Convention Hall on Friday April 20th, honoring one of the most influential jazz guitarists of all time.   Further “Tributes to Wes” by guitarists TEDDY ROYAL, BOB DEVOS and BRIAN BETZ plus jazz vocalist EVERETT GREENE, continue throughout the weekend. 
Throughout the country, Cape May Jazz Festivals are known for their quality performers, intimate jazz club settings and enthusiastic audiences.  Musicians consistently cite the Cape May Jazz Festivals among their favorite stops on a world-wide stage.  Co-founder Woody Woodland says “to witness and see the satisfaction and approval shown in the applause and the reception by the audience makes me realize that we are staying committed to our mission and devotion to the perpetuation of jazz as an art form.”
PAT MARTINO, headlining at Convention Hall on Friday April 20th, has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul. Guitarists flock to Pat’s door for musical insight, and he offers not only the benefits of his musical knowledge, but also the philosophical insights of a man who has faced and overcome enormous obstacles.  True humility from a gentleman with such a remarkable resume’ of achievements, including no less than four Grammy nominations, and Downbeat Magazine’s “Guitar Player of the Year”.
Elmhurst Jazz Fest with Monica Mancini, Bob Mintzer Band, Clayton-Hamilton Band and more 2/22-25 PDF Print
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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.

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