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VISION FESTIVAL XI to Celebrate Lifetime Achievement of Sam Rivers Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Wednesday, 31 May 2006
ImageThe 2006 Vision Festival Lifetime Achievement Celebration will be dedicated to the great saxophonist/composer Sam Rivers on Wednesday, June 14 on the second night of VISION FESTIVAL XI. The VISION FESTIVAL XI takes place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts Center, 172 Norfolk Street, NY (just south of Houston) on June 13th through June 18th with perfomances by the Rivbea Orchestra, Grachan Moncur III Quartet, Sam Rivers Trio, Klaas Hekman Trio, Paul Rutherford Trio, Hamid Drake's Bindu, Rob Brown Quartet, Donald Byrd Spectrum Dance Theater and many more (Complete schedule follows).

The importance of Sam Rivers to the community of musicians who comprise the Vision Festival cannot be overstressed. In addition to being an essential musical inspiration as a composer and improviser, Rivers exerted a profound influence on avantJazz through his role as an artist/organizer in the 1970s. Rivers' loft space Studio RivBea (opened in 1970 with his late wife Beatrice) was one of the primary launching pads for the New York loft scene. Like other lofts such as Studio WE and Studio WIS, RivBea provided an essential meeting point for adventurous musicians. The self-empowered approach towards presenting art and music that arose in this atmosphere continues to inform the work of many musicians to this day. The Vision Festival's salute to Rivers on June 14 will celebrate his life and music through and evening of performances.

Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival in Topeka 6/2-4 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 29 May 2006
Lew Tabackin © Howard A. Gitelson

Running from June 2nd-4th, the Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival in Topeka, KS headliners include tenor titan Lew Tabackin, the latin group Orquesta Alto Maiz, and trumpeter Christian Scott. The festival remains free to the public. The Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival is a "community" jazz festival, meaning that it features local and regional jazz artists and University jazz programs as a major focus, in addition to booking national headliner acts. This community festival model is designed not only to entertain audiences, but to promote and elevate jazz as an art form in the community and to provide a venue for local and regional jazz groups.

Local musician Dan Kozak founded the festival eleven years ago in order to honor Topeka's most famous jazz musician, saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Coleman Hawkins came to Topeka from St. Joseph, Missouri for the opportunity to study music. He attended Topeka High School and studied music at Washburn University, now one of the festival's major sponsors. Coleman Hawkins went on to make the tenor saxophone the "voice" of jazz itself. The saxophone was a novelty instrument before Coleman Hawkins elevated it to its present status. He remained at the forefront of jazz and recorded over four decades, all the way into the post-bop era of the late 1960's, performing with most of the giants of jazz over the years.

Ottawa International Jazz Festival Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 28 May 2006
John Pizzarelli
The Ottawa International Jazz Festival runs from June 22nd through July 2nd (Complete performance schedule follows). Now in its 26th year, the TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz the Festival opens its Main stage with the Concert under the Stars Series featuring John Pizzarelli, known as one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Great American Songbook and his brilliant guitar work and smooth vocals. This superstar and son of jazz great Bucky Pizzarelli, will be joined by The Nat Raider Orchestra to open the 26th celebrations on June 22 in Confederation Park.

Next up on June 23rd, to start the night off at 8:30 pm, they welcome back accomplished legend Mavis Staples who possesses one of the most recognizable and treasured voices in contemporary music. Also later that night at 9:30 pm, they have a special treat as they welcome The Blind Boys of Alabama who have dazzled audiences with their spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music for over 60 years.

The remaining Concert Under the Stars Series line-up reads like a who's who of jazz artists, including Hilton Ruiz, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the inspiring McCoy Tyner Septet, multi-talented vibraphonist Stefon Harris, funk master Maceo Parker, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, recent Juno award winners Bedouin Soundclash, and last but certainly not least, the explosive rising star Jamie Cullum, a Grammy award nominee who continues to redefine where the parameters of pop, and jazz - indeed, all musical genres - are drawn. Performing with Jamie is up and coming Sonya Kitchell.

The New Jersey Jazz Society Sanofi-Aventis JazzFest 2006 Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 May 2006
Roberta Gambarini
The New Jersey Jazz Society Sanofi-Aventis JazzFest 2006 on the beautiful campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey celebrates the great traditions of jazz from Traditional to Bebop with some of today’s greatest musicians. Presenting a weekend of nonstop music, JazzFest has become one of the region’s most popular summer festivals over the past three decades. On Saturday, June 11th you car hear the Jackie Cain Ensemble, the Bill Charlap Trio, the Kit McClure Big Band, Ed Polcer Sextet (with Kenny Davern, Tom Artin, Johnny Varro, Frank Tate and Joe Ascione) and special guest 10-year-old violin prodigy Jonathan Russell, the Barry Harris/Earl May Duo, and the Howard Alden/Gene Bertoncini Duo. And on Sunday, June 12th you can hear Sunday, June 11 hear the Kenny Davern/Bucky Pizzarelli Quartet, Roberta Gambarini with Howard Alden and friends, the Harry Allen Quartet featuring Warren Vache, Stephane Wrembel and the Hot Club of New York, the Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, and Johnny Varro/Frank Tate Duo.
Saint Louis Jazz Festival - June 23rd & 24th Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 May 2006
Dr John
Dr John
The U.S. Bank Saint Louis Jazz Festival will be held on Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24 2006 in Clayton's Shaw Park, St. Louis County, Missouri. Performers this year include: Dr. John, David Sanborn, Preservation Hall Band, Readus Miller Project, The Clarke/Duke Project, Denise Thimes, LaMar Harris, The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project, Rick Haydon & The SIUE Jazz Ensemble, Anita Rosamond, New World, Harmonica Jazz, and Lizz Wright.

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Dr. John proudly stands along side of Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino as one of New Orleans' all-time distinctive voices. Not only is the Good Doctor's dry, gravel cackle one of the most infectious sounds in both jazz and popular music, but he is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to the Crescent City. Both his unique musical approach and his striking physical appearance encompasses local African, American-Indian and Creole influences mixed in with quite a few equally exotic tributaries besides. He's both the essence of the city's colorful past and its ever evolving future and, beyond.

The 2nd annual Kingston International Jazz Festival 6/23-25 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 08 May 2006
Joe Locke
The 2nd annual Kingston International Jazz Festival will be held on June 23, 24 and 25. Located on the Hudson River 80 miles north of New York City and 50 miles south of Albany, the three day event will take place in the historic river-town community. The all-sar line-up includes: Rufus Reid Quintet + Four, The String Trio of New York, The Barry Harris Quintet, The Joe Locke Trio, The Ben Allison Quartet' The John Menegon Quintet, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Russell Malone Quartet, The Diane Delin Quartet, The Brian Patneaude Quintet, The Teri Roiger Quartet, Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Bob Schaut). All events are free - rain or shine.

Sunday, June 25 will also include the annual Kingston Independence celebration from 7:00PM to 10:00 PM featuring great food, live music and a dazzling fireworks display.

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