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 Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Eldar and Elling at Monterey PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Saturday, 16 September 2006
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Kurt Elling and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra © John Whiting
A great jazz festival is a frustrating experience. You want to be in several places at once, but ultimately you must choose: the Yellowjackets with Kurt Elling? Or the Robert Glasper Trio, or Roy Hargrove & RH Factor, or up-and-coming singer Sasha Dobson, or young powerhouse pianist Eldar? They all performed at approximately the same time on the opening night of the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest-running jazz festival in the world.

Now in its 49th year, presented by Verizon, the three-day festival boasts an impressive lineup of revered elders. Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, and Charles Lloyd are all scheduled to appear starting on Saturday night. As we made our way down the fairgrounds, peering into various venues—Dizzy’s Den, the Night Club/Bill Berry Stage—we stopped at the open-air Garden Stage, where Eldar was blazing through Oscar Peterson’s “Place St. Henri.”

Backed by Sicilian bassist Marco Panascia and Brooklyn-via-Texas drummer Kendrick Scott, the 19-year-old prodigy from Kyrgyzstan continued with an original composition, “Daily Living,” a blend of thundering chords and lightning-fast runs. Eldar exudes strength; if you ever shake his hand in greeting (as we did at the Dakota in Minneapolis when he played there in November 2005), watch out. Yet he’s also capable of sweet delicacy and restraint. We stayed through a bluesy version of Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’,” whose center belonged to bassist Panascia. At times, Eldar’s playing sounded like piano, twelve hands.
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Free Coltrane Festival in Philly rescheduled for 9/23 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006
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Robin Eubanks © Don Berryman
Because of the inclement weather on Labor day week-end, the John Coltrane Jazz Festival in Philadelphia has been rescheduled for Saturday,
September 23rd. Featuring two stages of free outdoor music with over 21 jazz artists including, Archie Shepp, Stanley Cowell,  James Spaulding, Jymie Merritt,  Allen Nelson, Sumi Tonooka,  Stanley Wilson, Sid Simmons, Robin and Duane Eubanks and more to appear on the John Coltrane Jazz Stage on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia for jazz homecoming celebration.

Staging Areas in Awbury Arboretum are in Germantown in an area roughly bounded by 800-1000 blocks of East Washington Lane,  5900-6200 blocks of Arleigh Street, 800-1000 blocks of Haines Street and 5900-6200 blocks of Chew Avenue/Clearview Street.

THE JOHN COLTRANE JAZZ STAGE

The Awbury Arboretum – The Wetlands/Meadows
Beside Washington Lane R-7 SEPTA Train Station
800 block East Washington Lane (near Chew Avenue)
Schedule:

2:00 to 3:15 PM - SEARCH FOR THE NEW LAND QUINTET

  • A Tribute to Lee Morgan
  • Duane Eubanks – Trumpet, Jymie Merritt – Bass
  • Ronnie Burrage – Drums, Sid Simmons - Piano
  • Stanley Wilson - Tenor Saxophone
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Randy Weston, David 'Fathead' Newman, Ernie Watts and Kevin Mahogany at the Savannah Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 04 September 2006
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David "Fathead" Newman © Andrea Canter
2006 will mark a milestone as the Coastal Jazz Association  presents it 25th Savannah Jazz Festival.  During these years, CJA has been bringing music lovers together to enjoy good company and great FREE music.  This year will be even bigger since The Savannah Jazz Festival is celebrating the 25th festival with extra-special events and jazz lineups.

The 25th  Savannah Jazz Festival will be a celebration of all the types of  jazz that has been performed at the festival over the last quarter century, with a wide range of music, from Dixieland, traditional swing, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards, Latin rhythms and funky downhome “gutbucket” blues. The festival promises to feature the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. The Savannah Jazz Festival is sponsored by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs.  For more information go to:  www.savannahjazzfestival.org  


JAZZ WEEK starts September 24

-National Acts are September 28th thru the 30th

Schedule

  • Sunday, September 24, 2006--- 5:00PM-9:00PM    -The Festival Kick-Off featuring the area's finest musicians/artists   @ Cobblestone Conch House*, ( Sponsored by Annie's Guitars and Drums)
  • Monday, September 25, 2006--- 8:00PM-11:00PM      Alex Nguyen Quintet  @ Cobblestone Conch House
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Two Neighborhood Festivals in the Twin Cities, September 9th PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Friday, 01 September 2006
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Yolande Bruce © Ancrea Canter

On Saturday, September 9th, jazz fans on both sides of the metro area will have the opportunity to attend festivals in two historic neighborhoods—the Fifth Annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival in St. Paul, and the first-ever Uptown Row Django Jazz Festival in Minneapolis. Both festivals are free and offer a showcase of (mostly) local musicians, from trad and blues to hot club and vocals to the modern sounds of post bop.


Selby Avenue Jazz Festival, September 9, Noon-8 pm (corner of Milton & Selby, St. Paul)

A neighborhood event since 2002, the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival features 9 sets of music, food concessions, arts booths and activities for the whole family. “We’re really pleased with the diverse line-up of entertainers that will be gracing the Jazz Fest stage this year,” said Mychael Wright, owner of the Golden Thyme Coffee & Café who heads the festival. “Our musical line-up has something for everyone…including a kids’ play area and food and art vendors—all surrounded by a wonderful spirit of community.” This year’s festival is sponsored by the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco, Mississippi Market, Selby Area CDC, Golden Thyme Coffee Shop, St. Paul Pioneer Press/Twin Cities.com, and KFAI Radio. Popular area vocalist Yolande Bruce will again serve as EmCee.

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