Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Aug 10 13:32:32 EDT 2006

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Date: Wednesday 09 August 2006 11:50
From: Sue Auclair <jazzwoman at earthlink.net>
To: Sue Auclair <jazzwoman at earthlink.net>

For Release 12:01 a.m. EDT
Aug. 9, 2006

MSN Video Brings the Sights and Sounds
of the JVC Jazz Festival ‹ Newport, Rhode Island, to Jazz Aficionados
MSN creates exclusive online jam session with live performances.

NEWPORT, R.I. ‹ Aug. 9, 2006 ‹ MSN® Video is joining with the JVC Jazz
Festival ‹ Newport R.I., to give jazz lovers the chance to catch this year¹s
great lineup online starting Sunday, Aug. 13, at
<http://music.msn.com/music/newportjazz>. Whether fans attend the festival
and later want immediate access to their favorite performances again or
can¹t make it to Newport¹s historic Fort Adams to experience the acts
firsthand, MSN will offer them the ³best seats in the house² for America¹s
oldest jazz festival. Scheduled performances will be available on MSN from a
diverse array of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Savion Glover, Angelique
Kidjo, The Bad Plus, The Robert Glasper Trio, Dr. John & The Lower 911, The
McCoy Tyner Septet and The Dave Brubeck Quartet. The exclusive JVC Jazz
Festival ‹ Newport, R.I., content will be available starting on Aug. 13,
2006, at <http://music.msn.com/music/newportjazz>.

³The JVC Jazz Festival is one of the most renowned events in the jazz
community, bringing together some of the best and brightest artists with
true fans,² said Rob Bennett, general manager of Entertainment and Video
Services for MSN. ³We¹re thrilled to bring this incredible lineup of
performances to millions of MSN Video viewers.²

From its inception, the Newport Jazz Festival has been known for bringing in
performers who represent diversity and excellence in jazz, America¹s only
original musical genre. The addition of the JVC Jazz Festival ‹ Newport,
R.I., lineup is yet another example of MSN Video¹s commitment to
entertaining viewers through exclusive and unique video footage from the
greatest films, concerts and other cultural events worldwide, while also
presenting diverse advertising opportunities to brand partners.

³The goal of the JVC Jazz Festival has always been to provide the public
with access to the numerous genres of jazz,² said Artistic Director Dan
Melnick of Festival Productions Inc. ³The availability of this year¹s
performances on MSN Video extends the festival¹s reach and provides a larger
platform upon which musicians can display their talents.²

About the JVC Jazz Festival ‹Newport, RI

The scale and history of the JVC Jazz Festival program is unprecedented.
JVC, one of the world¹s leading manufacturers of high-quality audio and
video equipment, has sponsored more than 170 major jazz festivals to live
audiences of over 4 million people for 23 years. The JVC Jazz Festivals have
cumulatively presented over 49,000 individual musicians! Along with over 20
years of Newport, JVC has implemented JVC Jazz Festivals in multiple cities
including New York; Miami; Chicago; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas; Denver; Los
Angeles; San Francisco (Concord) ; Toronto; London; Bad Segeberg, Germany;
Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam in Holland; Paris and Nice in France;
Rome and Torino in Italy; Warsaw; and Berlin.

About Festival Productions Inc.

Founded in 1960 by impresario George Wein, Festival Productions Inc. (FPI)
has been producing music events for over 45 years. Wein originated outdoor
music festivals 52 years ago, in 1954, with the Newport Jazz Festival, which
continues today as JVC Jazz Festival ‹ Newport, R.I.

In addition to the 52nd anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, 2006 marks
several other significant milestones: 47 years of the Newport Folk Festival
(now known as the Dunkin¹ Donuts Newport Folk Festival), 37 years of the New
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 23 years of JVC Jazz Festivals worldwide,
and 12 years of the Essence Music Festival.

This year FPI will present the 39th edition of the Hampton Jazz Festival in
Hampton, Va.; the 29th edition of the Freihofer¹s Jazz Festival in Saratoga
Springs, N.Y.; the 28th edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival at the
Hollywood Bowl; the 11th edition of the Bermuda Music Festival; various
Verizon music events; and many other projects. For more information, please
visit www.festivalproductions.net.

About MSN Video

MSN Video is one of the largest video-only streaming services on the Web,
watched by more than 11 million unique users per month. In addition to
streaming news, entertainment and sports video clips from more than 45
content partners including ³The Today Show,² FOXSports, MSNBC, JibJab and
Fox Entertainment Group, MSN Video presents a broad array of live events to
online audiences worldwide. More than 50 top advertisers support MSN Video,
which is available to consumers at no charge. MSN Video is available on the
Web at http://msnvideo.com to consumers in the U.S. MSN Video is also live
in Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.K., and in Spanish in the U.S.; the
service also is in beta testing in France.

Overall, MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per
month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21
languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and
online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq ³MSFT²) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
their full potential.


Microsoft and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only:
* Ryan Day, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft, (425) 638-7000,
ryand at waggeneredstrom.com
Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft, (503)
443-7070, rrt at waggeneredstrom.com
* Sue Auclair, Sue Auclair Promotions for Festival Productions Inc., (617)
522-1394, jazzwoman at earthlink.net
* Carolyn McClair, Carolyn McClair Public Relations for Festival Productions
Inc., (718) 230-3107, CarolynMcClairPR at aol.com

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Sue Auclair
111 Perkins Street
Boston, MA 02130
617-522-1394; fax: 617-522-4652
jazzwoman at earthlink.net

Dunkin¹ Donuts Newport Folk Festival Aug 4 ­ 6, 2006
JVC Jazz Festival-Newport Aug 11- 13, 2006

Also Representing New York City Artist Robert Leach


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