[JPL] BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

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BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SOVEREIGN BANK
ANNOUNCES GENRE-SPANNING LINEUP FOR THREE DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC, SEPT. 29 – OCT. 1

Produced for the first time by Berklee College of Music, 6th annual 
festival includes
McCoy Tyner; a stage programmed by Marsalis Music; and jazz with a dash
of world, hip-hop, gospel, and blues

BOSTON, August 3, 2006 – The lineup for the BeanTown Jazz Festival, 
September 29 – October 1, is complete and the 40,000 fans who graced the 
three city blocks in the South End for the free, outdoor portion of last 
year’s festival may have less elbow room this year.  More than 15 national 
and local acts will play straight ahead, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban jazz 
-- some incorporating hip-hop, blues, and gospel into their sound – over 
three days of music that will excite and inspire listeners of all 
ages.  The BeanTown Jazz Fest, presented by Sovereign Bank, is being 
produced this year for the first time by Berklee College of Music.  For 
more information, visit <http://www.beantownjazz.org>www.beantownjazz.org.

Saturday’s free outdoor concerts will be sandwiched between a tasty Friday 
night kick-off concert by the McCoy Tyner Septet and The Story of Impulse! 
Records, and, on Sunday, a satisfying Gospel Jazz Brunch with Kendrick 
Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra with special guest vocalist Kevin 
Mahogany.  Tickets for Tyner and the Gospel Jazz Brunch are on sale now 
through Ticketmaster.

Saturday’s program is free, and the music plays from noon until 6:00 p.m. 
on three stages along Columbus Avenue.  The Target Family Area will supply 
fun for the kids, and more than 50 vendors will offer a variety of food and 
crafts.  On-site donations and proceeds go to the Berklee City Music 
scholarship fund and Boston Medical Center's Prostate Cancer Screening 
Initiative.

Among the acts on the Sovereign Stage will be Carmen Lundy, displaying her 
multi-octave vocal style that captivates audiences all over the 
world.  Renowned saxophonist Kenny Garrett has performed with Miles Davis, 
Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Art Blakey, and has earned a number of GRAMMY 
nominations for his solo work.  The Christian McBride Situation combines 
jazz, funk, and electronic music into a mind-bending sound with saxophonist 
Oliver Lake, keyboard player Patrice Rushen, and turntablist DJ Logic, 
joining bassist McBride.

In a BeanTown first, Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label 
created by saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, will have a stage 
dedicated to its acts.  Appearing will be legendary drummer and Miles Davis 
alumnus Jimmy Cobb; guitarist and vocalist Doug Wamble, whose 
jazz/blues/gospel/country sound follows a thread through American roots 
music; jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, who will perform with a top 
Berklee student group; and rarely heard, master drummer Michael Carvin, who 
has logged time with Motown, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jackie 
McLean.

The Global Stage will showcase distinct sounds from various corners of the 
world where music is a celebration and concerts are full of life.  Acts 
include Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke, with his Gilfema Trio, who 
pours all of West Africa from his guitar, evoking lightening with his quick 
licks and the desert with his dreamy soundscapes.  Dynamic Cuban pianist 
Omar Sosa will keep the masses moving with a unique urban brand of Latin 
jazz spiced with hip-hop and fusion overtones.

Friday, September 29:
BeanTown Jazz Festival kick-off concert with the Story of Impulse Records – 
The McCoy Tyner Septet with Charnett Moffett, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Dave 
Liebman, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, and Donald Harrison.
8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center.
Tickets through Ticketmaster.

Saturday, September 30:
BeanTown Jazz Festival presented by Sovereign Bank
Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Free
On Columbus Ave, starting at the corner of Mass. and Columbus Avenues.
Accessible on the T by the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop, the Symphony stop 
on the Green Line’s E car, the # 1 bus at Mass. and Columbus Aves., and the 
Silver Line at Washington St. and Mass. Ave.

Sovereign Stage
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      The Mike Tucker Quartet
12:40 – 1:10 p.m.       Ellen O’Brien
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.          Kenny Garrett Quartet
3:05 - 4:20 p.m.          A Christian McBride Situation
4:40 - 5:55 p.m.           Carmen Lundy and the New Songbook Artists

Marsalis Music Stage
12:00 –12:45 p.m.       New England Conservatory Jazz Composers Ensemble
1:00 -  2:15 p.m.          Jimmy Cobb, with Javon Jackson
2:30 -  3:00 p.m.          Delfeayo Marsalis with a Berklee student  group
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.          Doug Wamble Quartet
4:45 - 6:00 p.m.            Michael Carvin Quintet


Global Stage
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.          Omar Sosa Trio
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.            Antonio Jackson and Friends
2:20 - 3:35 p.m.             Lionel Loueke's Gilfema
3:50 – 4:30 p.m.            Hot Like Fire
4:45 – 6:00 p.m.            Unwrapped All-Stars featuring Dennis Nelson

Sunday, October 1
Gospel Jazz Brunch with Kendrick Oliver’s New Life Orchestra and special 
guest vocalist Kevin Mahogany.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston.
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.


BeanTown Jazz Discussion Series
Thursday, Sept. 28:
Marsalis Music presents The Art of the CD Cover panel discussion.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy Street, 
Cambridge.
Free.
With speakers:
Arnold Levine, Art Director for Marsalis Music, and former Art Director for 
Sony/Columbia Records. Lou Jones, acclaimed Boston photographer whose 
images grace the covers of Michael Carvin and Jimmy Cobb’s recent Honor 
Series CDs.
Moderated by Bob Blumenthal, creative consultant for Marsalis Music, 
two-time GRAMMY-Award winner for liner notes, and noted jazz critic.

Friday, September 29:
The Jazz Journalists Association presents The House that Trane Built: The 
Story of Impulse Records book discussion.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music Genko Uchida Building, 
921 Boylston St.
Free.
Speakers:
Ashley Kahn, author of The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse 
Records.
Saxophonist Dave Liebman.
Bob Blumenthal, Marsalis Music.

Saturday, September 30:
The Jazz Journalists Association presents The Legendary Recording Session 
of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue panel discussion.
Noon -1:00 pm
At the BeanTown Jazz Festival VIP Tent with speakers:
Ashley Kahn, author of Kind of Blue.
Bill Milkowski, jazz critic for JazzTimes and Jazziz, author of Jaco: the 
Extraordinary & Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorious.
Jimmy Cobb, legendary jazz drummer, the last living member from the 
historic recording sessions for Kind of Blue.
Christian Scott, trumpet player and Concord Records artist with his debut 
release Rewind That.
Fred Taylor, Boston’s legendary jazz icon, former owner of Paul’s Mall and 
the Jazz Workshop, and friend and colleague of Miles Davis.
Moderator, Joel Brown, freelancer writer, former Executive Arts Editor of 
the Boston Herald and blogger at HubArts.com.

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