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Golden Gala Celebration Launches the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Honoring Dave Brubeck PDF Print
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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

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March 14, 2007, Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that it will honor the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck at its Golden Gala Celebration, launching the 50th Anniversary of the fabled Festival on April 7, 2007 at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, California. In addition, the Mayor of Monterey, Chuck Della Salla has proclaimed that the week of April 8, 2007 will be Dave Brubeck week—so citizens of Monterey County can now “Take Seven.” Proceeds from the Gala will go to support the Festival’s Youth Education Programs, considered to be some of the most highly regarded in the country.

“Dave Brubeck is one of the reasons that the Monterey Jazz Festival exists,” said MJF General Manager Tim Jackson. “In 1958, Dave’s participation in getting us established and his performance at the first Festival is well-documented. Here we are, 50 years later, and his music still epitomizes the sound of jazz to the world. He is literally one of the icons of the art form. I think [MJF Founder] Jimmy Lyons would be extremely happy and proud to see that Dave is still composing and recording at age 86—and performing to packed houses.” Jackson added, “This award acknowledges the gratitude that the Festival and jazz fans from around the world feel for a man who has transcended the boundaries of what we expect a musician to be.”

2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Schedule Announced PDF Print
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Tuesday, 13 March 2007


Buckwheat Zydeco

The premier music festival in the world, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome close to half a million visitors each year. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over the course of 2 weekends. They are Friday April 27 - Sunday, April 29 and Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6, 2007.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival schedule follows:

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians 3/22-25 PDF Print
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Friday, 09 March 2007

MJF Artist-In-Residence Terence Blanchard
Monterey, California, March 9, 2007; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958 and winner of the 2006 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for Best Festival, has announced the 3rd Annual Next Generation Festival, scheduled for March 22-25, 2007 in downtown Monterey. The weekend event, devoted to the future of jazz, includes the Festival's 37th Annual National High School Jazz Competition, with big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon. 

All Next Generation Festival competition activities are open to the public, free of charge. Complete schedule at

Attracting musicians from some of the most prestigious educational programs in the country, MJF'S Next Generation Festival represents the largest gathering of young jazz talent on the Monterey Peninsula, outside of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself. Over forty groups from ten states, from Alaska to Connecticut, will participate in the prestigious event.

The NGF weekend starts with a Kick-Off Concert in downtown Monterey's historic Golden State Theatre, featuring the judges from MJF's National High School Jazz Competition and Grammy Award winner/2007 MJF Artist-In-Residence Terence Blanchard. 

Bucky Pizzarelli, Nicki Parrot and Kevin Mahogany Headline the Pensacola JazzFest PDF Print
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Tuesday, 06 March 2007
Bucky Pizzarelli
Pensacola JazzFest, a free jazz festival, will be held the weekend of March 31-April 1 in Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola.  This small jazz festival will be celebrating its 24th consecutive year. This annual spring event is administered by the Jazz Society of Pensacola in association with the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and radio station WUWF-FM.

Headliners will include veteran seven-string guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist John Colianni, bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrot and vocalist Kevin Mahogany.  JazzFest music director Crystal Joy Albert said, “We are pleased to have this outstanding group of headliners.  Bucky, John and Nicki are all based in New York and have performed together.  Colianni was longtime pianist and music director for late vocalist Mel Torme.’

Pizzarelli has performed with jazz people in and around New York for decades, including Benny Goodman and even the “Three Suns.”  Kevin Mahogany has been named ‘America’s Number One Vocalist.’  And, how many excellent lady bass players do you know who also sing?  Ms. Parrot (pronounce par-ROT) is a marvelous bassist as well as a singer.”
Lineup announced for the 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival June 16th-17th at the Hollywood Bowl PDF Print
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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
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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”.
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