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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.

Eldar and Elling at Monterey PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Saturday, 16 September 2006
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.
Free Coltrane Festival in Philly rescheduled for 9/23 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006
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 Awbury Arboretum – The Wetlands/Meadows
Beside Washington Lane R-7 SEPTA Train Station
800 block East Washington Lane (near Chew Avenue)


  • 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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