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Kansas City’s 2006 Blues & Jazz Festival adds Moutin Reunion to lineup for 9/2-3 PDF Print
Written by Betsy Donnelly   
Friday, 25 August 2006
François and Louis Moutin
Kansas City’s 2006 Blues & Jazz Festival is taking on a bit of an international flair. Festival organizers have announced the addition of Moutin Reunion to their list of stellar headliners. The internationally-known band comes to Kansas City direct from their hometown of Paris, France!

Moutin Reunion will join blues man Bo Diddley and a number of other nationally-recognized performers on Saturday, Sept. 2nd at The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan. The 2006 Blues & Jazz festival, now in the second year of its triumphant return, runs Sept. 2-3, Labor Day Weekend.

As for Moutin Reunion, the band is popular throughout the U.S. and Europe. Parisian natives and twin brothers Louis (drums) and François Moutin (upright bass) founded the band in 1999, and were influenced at an early age by their parents' large, mostly jazz record collection. Louis started on piano and François on guitar, but both switched to their current instruments by the age of 20. Louis left college with a master's degree in mathematics, François with a doctorate in physics. Within three years of graduation, both had ditched their more traditional careers to try their luck in the world of jazz.

Sixth Annual BeanTown Jazz Festival 9/29 - 10/1 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 13 August 2006
Charnett Moffett
Last year, more than 40,000 music lovers attended the BeanTown Jazz Festival, held on three outdoor stages in Boston's South End. This year's free festival will be held September 29 through October 1, 2006. (The Saturday festival is free. Please note Friday concert and Sunday brunch are ticketed events.)

The BeanTown Jazz Festival features more than 15 performances on three stages, including national acts and homegrown powerhouses, a family entertainment area on Carter playground, a VIP jazz tent, and more than 50 vendors offering food, arts, and crafts. Prostate cancer awareness and research organizations will be on-site at Saturday's festival to create awareness for their programs and recruit volunteers. On-site donations and proceeds go to Berkee's Scholarship Fund and Boston Medical Center's Prostate Cancer Screening Initiative.

BeanTown begins, as it did for the first time last year, with a Friday night opening concert in the Berklee Performance Center. The 2006 festival will begin with a performance by legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, leading an all-star group in "The Story of Impulse," a retrospective of some of the definitive works of that seminal label, and of jazz itself. The group is Tyner with Charnett Moffett, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre and Donald Harrison.
The 16th Rosslyn Jazz Festival Presents Larry Coryell, Nicholas Payton, Hiromi and Vanessa Rubin PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 07 August 2006
The 16th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival features yet another world class lineup of today's headline jazz artists on Saturday, September 9th, from 1:00pm until 7:00pm. Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, the sophisticated vocal stylings of Vanessa Rubin & Her Trio, the plugged-in, jazz-fusion of The Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & LennyWhite Trio, and the sensational piano protégée of Ahmad Jamal, Hiromi. Cited among our region’s standout jazz festivals by JazzTimes magazine (Jan/Feb, 2006), the Event occurs in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, (N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway), in Arlington. It is FREE and open to the Public!

Thr 27-year-old pianist, Hiromi has impressed such notables as Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and Ahmad Jamal (who now manages her career). Hher Telarc debut (Another Mind) in 2003 and the two that followed (Brain in 2004; Spiral in 2005) have had received critical aclaim. Says mentor/producer/manager Jamal, "Hiromi is changing the musical landscape. Her music, charm and spirit let her soar to unimaginable heights. She is nothing short of amazing." A native of Shizuoka, Japan, Hiromi started playing piano at age 5, was performing in public by age 12, and at 14 performed with the Czech Philharmonic. She eventually enrolled at Berklee in Boston, and has been touring the world, performing for sell-out crowds ever since.
28th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival 8/31 - 9/3 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 August 2006
Kurt Elling
There is something for everyone at Chicago's 28th jazz festival in Grant Park, including jazz giants like Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Joey DeFrancesco, Joshua Redman Quartet, Kurt Elling, Ari Brown, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass, Nneena Freelon, and Charlie Hunter. New Orleans will be represented by Dr Michael Whites's Liberty band and the Rebirth Brass Band. The music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is free to all.

Two nonet's are on the schedule for the week-end. The Joe Lovano Nonet honors the past as it revisits Miles Davis' "Birth of the Cool" on Saturday. On Sunday, Lee Konitz, who was in the original "Birth of the Cool" nonet, will perform in a Nonet directed by international composer/saxophonist Ohad Talmor exploring the musical frontier with new Konitz originals expertly arranged by Ohad Talmor.The Lee Konitz New Nonet features Lee Konitz, Ohad Talmor-Russ Johnson, Jacob Garchik-Oscar Noriega, Denis Lee, Greg Heffernan, Bob Bowen, Pete McCann, and Matt Wilson. Complete schedule for the 28th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival follows:

The 27th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival 2006 - Music, Fireworks and more! PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Wednesday, 02 August 2006
Buckwheat Zydeco

Some of the musical highlights of the 2006 Detroit Jazz Festival include an explosive opening evening Friday featuring The Funk Brothers and Temptations Revue starring Dennis Edwards at Campus Martius Park, Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne, Sergio Mendes and Brazil 2006, Ahmad Jamal, the Lewis Nash Quartet in a tribute to Tommy Flanagan, Richie Havens, Dr John, Diane Schuur, Lou Donaldson w/Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Joe Locke, Mose Allison, Marcia Ball, Gerald Wilson Big Band and more. (A complete schedule follows).

The 27th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival will close both directions of Woodward Avenue from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, presenting over 100 musical acts on six stages. Last year the festival expanded from its core jazz programming to embrace more musical forms on more stages; Blues, Gospel, R&B, Zydeco, and of course, a liberal helping of Motown soul. The city rejoiced, delivering record attendance and concession sales for the festival.
Newport Jazz Festival 8/11-13 2006 - Complete Lineup PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 31 July 2006
Eric Kamau Gravatt © Andrea Canter
From its inception, the Newport Jazz Festival has been known for bringing in performers who represent diversity and excellence in jazz, America's only original musical genre. The line-up for the JVC Jazz Festival - Newport, RI, to be held August 11 - 13 includes the McCoy Tyner Impulse Records All-star Sextet with Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, Charnett Moffett, Eric Gravatt & Eric Alexander; the powerhouse duo of Eddie Palmieri & Brian Lynch; and Jenny Scheinman, whose album was considered one of the best of the year by the New York Times, have been added to an already star-studded roster," said Wein. George Benson, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck are just a few of the other artists that are part of the 52nd year of the famed Newport Jazz Festival, now sponsored by JVC.

George Wein, 80-years old, has produced the festival since it's inception in 1954, added, "I'm as proud of the 2006 JVC Jazz Festival Newport as any event I've ever created. It represents a total picture of what the jazz scene is in America today."
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