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 Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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.
Celebrating 40 Years – The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Monty Alexander
MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2007 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival marks a milestone Feb. 21-24 as it celebrates its 40th year of bringing outstanding jazz to the University of Idaho. The four-day event features student performances and concerts, workshops by jazz musicians, displays from the university’s International Jazz Collections and nightly concerts featuring nearly 50 professional jazz musicians.

Some of the musicians scheduled to appear include guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, vocalist Jane Monheit, Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Four Freshmen, and James Morrison on trumpet and trombone.

A number of musical tributes also are on tap, including a Nat King Cole Tribute by Freddy Cole with Monty Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride and Russell Malone on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Thursday, Feb. 22 concert will feature a Tribute to Ray Brown by Monty Alexander, Russell Malone and John Clayton, and also the 30-year reunion of the Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton Trio.
10 Exicitng Concerts to launch the 28th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal PDF Print
Written by Press Release   
Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Joshua Redman
Montreal, Thursday, December 7, 2006 – The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to announce the first performers confirmed for its 2007 program, presented by General Motors in collaboration with Alcan. The musical forecast for summer 2007 looks hot, with a dozen irresistible shows offering a glimpse of what’s in store when the world’s finest musicians gather in Montreal for the 28th edition of this annual summit of jazz excellence.

Confirmed shows include Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette; Branford Marsalis; Joshua Redman; Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Imani Winds; Dave Holland Quintet; Trio Beyond with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings; Holly Cole; Pink Martini; The Bill Frisell Trio featuring Joey Baron & Tony Scherr; George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Buddy Guy and his musicians. Details follow. Pre-sale tickets for the 28th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are now available.

Trio Beyond with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings

Théâtre Maisonneuve, PDA A trio of virtuosi

Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m.

North Sea Jazz Cruise Announced July 5-17 PDF Print
Written by Press Release   
Monday, 11 December 2006
Marcus Miller

(St. Louis –December 11, 2006) World-class talent has teamed up with a world-class cruise for the inaugural sailing of the North Sea Jazz Cruise Hosted By Marcus Miller. Jazz Cruises, LLC, the foremost and only producer of full-charter luxury jazz cruises and musical host Grammy® Award winning musician/composer/producer Marcus Miller, in conjunction with the North Sea Jazz Festival program department, have announced the initial talent line-up for this maiden voyage. The dazzling array of talent features the most celebrated and legendary jazz musicians, composers and vocalists of our time. They include: vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and her trio, saxophonist James Carter, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and his quintet, the Roberta Gambarini Quartet, guitarist Lionel Loueke, The McCoy Tyner Trio, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and saxophonists David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum. They will join cruise guests aboard the world-class Holland America’s m/s Rotterdam, named “2006 Ship of the Year” by the World Ocean and Cruise Line Society, departing from Copenhagen July 5, 2007. Following a breathtaking seven day voyage with ports-of-call in Warnemunde/Berlin, Germany; Gotenburg, Sweden; Oslo Norway; Hamburg-Elbe River/Germany, the ship will dock in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and serve as a “floating hotel” for the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival July 13 – 15, stay in port in the Netherlands and conclude on July 17.

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