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 Tuesday, 26 May 2015
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
Randy Weston, David 'Fathead' Newman, Ernie Watts and Kevin Mahogany at the Savannah Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 04 September 2006
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:  

JAZZ WEEK starts September 24

-National Acts are September 28th thru the 30th


  • 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
Two Neighborhood Festivals in the Twin Cities, September 9th PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Friday, 01 September 2006
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, and KFAI Radio. Popular area vocalist Yolande Bruce will again serve as EmCee.

OSPAC Presents the Fourth Annual Jazz Festival in West Orange NJ 9/8-10 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Joe Lovano © Andrea Canter
OSPAC Presents the Fourth Annual Jazz Festival and Craft Fair at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive West Orange, NJ.

This year they feature Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano Quartet, Rene Rosnes, Dave Stryker Organ Trio, Duke Ellington Legacy Band featuring Norman Simmons, Vera Mara and Cidinho Teixeira and the Brazilian Project, Quimbombo, Richie Cole and Alto Madness Orchestra featuring vocalist Kate Baker, Vera and Cidinho Mara and the Brazilian Project, Vic Juris Power Trio with Jay Anderson and Adam Nussbaum, and Cecil Brooks.

The jazz festival is two days of outdoor summer fun in which some of the most talented musicians in the tri-state area will take the stage to bring to you soulful jazz performances and to spread passion for the music. Children are invited to enjoy face painting, jugglers, a magic show and giveaways. The festival includes an art show in which vendors from the area will display crafts and original art work. Friday, September 8th 6:30 - 9 pm; Saturday, September 9th 12:30 - 9 pm; and Sunday, September 10th  12:30 - 6 pm. Detailed Schedule and Bios of Performers follow.

The festival is free! With suggested donation of $5.00 - OSPAC’s Fourth Annual Jazz Festival is sponsored by Commerce Bank, Organon Pharmaceuticals, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and Discover New Jersey Arts.

Two Hot Days of Cool Quintessential Jazz:
The Monterey Jazz Festival September 15-17 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Roy Hargrove © Ian Gittler
The 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival features New Grooves on Friday, Family Day on Sunday, Plus Weekend-Long Exhibitions, Conversations with Artists, Panel Discussions, Clinics, Food, Festivities and Nonstop Jazz Entertainment

2006 Grounds Tickets Selling at Record Pace

 For the 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festiva, Grounds Weekend Passes offer a wealth of sparkling musical gems and riches for families and fans of all ages. Grounds tickets are now available, but are selling at a record pace. Fans are strongly urged to buy tickets now to avoid disappointment and increased ticket prices on day of show. Whether you're looking for jazz chanteuses, cutting-edge future jazz, hard-driving big bands, six-cylinder blues artists, world and contemporary fusion, funky soul-jazz or classic jazz combos-or just a great weekend cultural experience, surrounded by music and family fun--the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival Grounds artists deliver a wide and far-reaching slice of the jazz world, and beyond.

Many of the Lyons Stage headlining artists are appearing in Grounds venues, including world-fusion bassist Richard Bona, sonic groundbreaker and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, contemporary jazz fusion masters the Yellowjackets, MJF's Artist-in-Residence extraordinaire, vocalist Kurt Elling, the hard-driving 14-piece brass band McCollough Sons of Thunder, and blues guitar master Robben Ford. In addition, members of Dave Brubeck's expanded ensemble performing the "Cannery Row Suite" will be performing on the Grounds and include Chris Brubeck's own group, Triple Play and vocalist Roberta Gambarini, who will be featured with the legendary 88-year old pianist, Hank Jones. Swinging drummer Jeff Hamilton, who co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, will also perform on the Grounds with his trio.

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