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The 3rd Annual Minnesota Sur Seine Festival October 12th-22nd PDF Print
Written by Don Berryman   
Thursday, 05 October 2006
Jacqueline Ferrier-Ultan © Bryan Aaker
Get Ready for the musical adventure as the Minnesota Sur Seine Festival returns. Now in its third year, the 2006 Minnesota Sur Seine Festival continues to offer a broad spectrum of music while maintaining the festivals primary focus; providing a showcase for collaborative performance and artistic experimentation between regional and international musicians. The festival is international and improvisational in nature featuring adventurous jazz, but also includes hip-hop, spoken word and world music performers as well, presenting eleven nights of music in a uniquely diverse program appealing to a widely diverse audience.

The Minnesota Sur Seine 2006 line up includes: Anthony Cox, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Dave King, Happy Apple, Craig Taiborn, and Chris Thomson from the US. International participants include: Evan Parker, Bernard Lubat, Benoît Delbecq, Tony Hymas, Dominique Pifarély , Denis Colin, Didier Petit, Hélène Labarrière, François Corneloup, and Mark Sanders, among others. Individual tieckes and passes can be purchased online at

Don't miss the opening celebration at the Minnesota Museum of American Art on October 12th. As throughout the festival, music is provided by the pairing of Minnesota's finest musicians with world class international musicians. In this case Dean Magraw on guitar, Jim Anton on bass, JT Bates on drums from Minnesota will perform with François Corneloup on saxophones and Dominique Pifarély on violin from France.

Jazz Police is proud to support this event. Check and for news and updates. The Schedule follows.
2006 Earshot Jazz Festival 10/19-11/5 in Seattle PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 02 October 2006
Wynton Marsalis © Keith Major
Called "Seattle's most important annual jazz event" by DOWNBEAT magazine, this year the Earshot Jazz Festival runs from October 19 to November 5. Earshot Jazz, Seattle's non-profit jazz-support organization presents hundreds of the most important artists of our day in more than 60 events in venues all around Seattle. In addition to concert performances, the festival includes educational programs and panels, a film series, poetry and author readings, and art exhibits.

The stellar lineup includes: Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet, Bill Frisell, Wynton Marsalis Quartet, Garfield High School Jazz Band w/ David "Fathead" Newman, Allen Toussaint, Rashied Ali Quintet, Larry Coryell, Roberta Piket / Billy Mintz Trio, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Nguyen Le - Tiger's Tail Quartet, Mavis Staples, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, Ritual Trio w/ Billy Bang, Andrew Hill Quintet, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio w/ Fred Wesley, Django Reinhardt Festival, George Colligan Trio, Ana Moura, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran & Bandwagon, and many more.

Earshot Jazz is a Seattle based nonprofit music, arts and service organization formed in 1984 to support jazz and increase awareness in the community. Earshot Jazz publishes a monthly newsletter, presents creative music and educational programs, assists jazz artists, increases listenership, complements existing services and programs, and networks with the national and international jazz community. The Earshot Jazz Festival is now in its 18th year. For more information call the Festival Hotline at 206-547-9787.

A complete schedule for the 2006 Earshot Jazz Festival follows:

2nd Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival October 4-8 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 30 September 2006
ImageThe 2nd annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival will be held October 4-8th. Many of the shows are FREE including the capstone of the festival on Saturday, October 7th, when heavyweight artists Poncho Sanchez; Dr. John; Roy Hargrove; John Scofield, performing the music of Ray Charles, with special guest Mavis Staples; and Nasar Abadey & SuperNova will play on The National Mall starting at noon.

Charles Fishman, Dizzy Gillespie's former personal manager and producer, has lived in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC, for 21 years. Throughout his time in the city, he wondered why Washington was the only major capital city in the Western world without a jazz festival. "I thought it was a shame since jazz was invented in this country, and DC was the birthplace, musical training ground and home of the legendary Duke Ellington".

On September 28, 2005, with the support of the Government of the District of Columbia, Congressional resolution HR501 and numerous national and local sponsors, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival debuted in honor of one of the 20th century's most celebrated musical geniuses.

Like the inaugural festival, this year's event presents major artists from around the country, from around the world and also introduces emerging artists. In addition to the grand free jazz showcase on The National Mall, prominent featured locations for festival events include the Lincoln Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and neighborhood spots like the U Street Corridor's Busboys & Poets, the historic Bohemian Caverns and Twins Jazz Club.

San Francisco Jazz Festival, Oct 20th - November 12th PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 29 September 2006
Miguel Zenon
SFJAZZ hosts a huge jazz festival in San Franciso every fall. This year, running from October 20th through November 12th in multiple venues, the festival will once again present the giants of jazz. SFJAZZ is a year-round non-profit artists organization dedicated to presenting world-class music that expands the audience for jazz, while bringing educational programs to adults and students across the Bay Area. San Fransico Jazz Festival Line-up follows:
  • Sonny Rollins Friday, October 20, 8pm at Nob Hill Masonic Center
  • Badi Assad, solo Saturday, October 21, 2pm at Florence Gould Theatre; Legion of Honor
  • James Cotton Blues Band with Hubert Sumlin Saturday, October 21, 8pm at Herbst Theatre
From Brubeck to B3 at Monterey PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Tuesday, 19 September 2006
It’s still light when we enter the Arena on the final night of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Actor Clint Eastwood introduces the first of two giant headliners: Dave Brubeck. Eastwood is a jazz buff, passionate Festival supporter, and lifelong Brubeck fan; in 2002, he told CNN, “I have been following Dave Brubeck since the Burma Lounge on Lakeshore Avenue in the mid '40s, but I was here in 1958, which was the first year of the festival. And Dave was there then. So I have been kind of a groupie for a lot of years.”

Dave Brubeck © Milken Family Foundation

At 85 years old, Brubeck has a touring schedule that would make most of us tired just reading about it. In the past three months, he’s played 22 dates including Carnegie Hall, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Tanglewood. He’s here in Monterey to premiere a new work commissioned by the Festival, a tribute to American author John Steinbeck called “Cannery Row Suite.”

But first, Brubeck and the other members of his quartet—Bobby Militello on alto sax and flute, Michael Moore on bass, Randy Jones on drums—warm up with an appropriately bright and cheerful “Sunny Side of the Street.” Brubeck opens “Stormy Weather” with a tender solo; in comes Militello with the melody and we’re off. The big screen flashes close-ups of Brubeck’s hands, sculpted by the gods and blessed by the muses. A wistful “Over the Rainbow” is the perfect song for the Festival’s last night.

Charles Lloyd: Still Drunk with the Music in Monterey PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Sunday, 17 September 2006

In one of the most highly anticipated events of this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival, Charles Lloyd reprised Forest Flower, the recording he made at Monterey in 1966 that sold a million, catapulted him to fame, became the soundtrack of the Flower Power movement, and drove him into the woods at Big Sur for more than a decade. It wasn’t until the 1980s that he came out of musical retirement, and he has graced us with numerous recordings since, most recently Sangam, recorded live in Santa Barbara.

Charles Lloyd © John Whiting

Earlier on Saturday, journalists and photographers were treated to a private Q&A with Lloyd. Moderated by Andrew Gilbert, a freelance writer whose articles about jazz frequently appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, the conversation proved as freewheeling and adventuresome as Lloyd’s playing.

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