[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
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
years 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.
Saturdays 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
Saturdays 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
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
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.
Berklee Performance Center.
Tickets through Ticketmaster.
Saturday, September 30:
BeanTown Jazz Festival presented by Sovereign Bank
Noon 6:00 p.m.
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 Lines E car, the # 1 bus at Mass. and Columbus Aves., and the
Silver Line at Washington St. and Mass. Ave.
12:00 12:30 p.m. The Mike Tucker Quartet
12:40 1:10 p.m. Ellen OBrien
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
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 Olivers 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,
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 Cobbs recent Honor
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.
Ashley Kahn, author of The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse
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, Bostons legendary jazz icon, former owner of Pauls 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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