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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.

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.
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