International Jazz Festival Guide

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Nice Jazz Festival, Jardins de Cimiez, Nice, France
The most noticeable thing about the Nice Jazz Festival is that it hardly features any jazz. What little there is revolves around the .....

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
THE most high-profile – and hyped – figure in jazz returned to the Harrogate International Festival on Sunday evening, two years after his debut there, and once again brought a near-capacity crowd to its feet .....

The one thing that sets the Montreal Jazz Festival apart from the myriad of other similar events around the world is its Invitation Series. Launched in 1989, it showcases two musicians, four nights each....

St. Louis Jazz Festival
Hearing jazz players at The fourth annual U.S. Bank St. Louis Jazz Festival, held at Shaw Park in Clayton on Friday and Saturday, has to be judged a success on many levels ......

Hancock and company live up to advance billing
NEW YORK -- Expectations were high for Friday's concert at Carnegie Hall with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland and Brian Blade. And after Bill Cosby introduced the band....

A Conversation With Mahler Across a Century and More
Gustav Mahler was on the menu Wednesday night at the Village Vanguard. Uri Caine, the wide-ranging jazz pianist ....

Hampton Jazz Festival fans reminisce about the old days
Friends and memories fuel the crowd in town for this weekend's annual event
HAMPTON -- Ethel Todd of Chesapeake remembers the very first Hampton Jazz Festival on the grounds of Hampton University.

Concert Review: The Playboy Jazz Festival
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The sound system is much improved now that the 11 huge Frank Gehry globes have vanished, replaced by a huge transparent quoit hanging over everybody's head in the new Hollywood Bowl proscenium....

Crazy, kickin' and cool cats open Jazz Fest Producer John Nugent sure nailed it when he introduced Mose Allison as “this cat” during Friday’s opening night of the Rochester International Jazz Festival...


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San Francisco, CA—SFJAZZ, the largest non-profit jazz presenter on the west coast, announces an explosive artist line-up for its 22nd annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, including; Caetano Veloso, Ruth Brown in a Fats Waller Celebration, Dianne Reeves, Etta James, Don Byron, Jason Moran, Mariza, and Rokia Traoré....... more

Tanglewood Jazz Festival: World-Class Jazz in a World-Class Setting
Boston Symphony Orchestra presents featured performers which nclude Harry Connick, Jr., Savion Glover & Jimmy Slyde, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Dave Brubeck Quartet & Symphonette, Marian McPartland, Taylor Eigsti, Eliane Elias, Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II, Doug Wamble Quartet, Miquel Zenon Quartet......

Nice Jazz Festival (21-28 July)
The NICE JAZZ FEST, one of three major jazz events in Europe with Montreux and The Hague, draws more than 45,000 spectators every summer with its 500 plus musicians, 8 days, 75 concerts and 120 hours of magic and music! Every night from 7 pm to midnight, 3 stages present a prestigious array of world-famous artists......

39th Pori Jazz Festival 17-25 July
39th International Pori Jazz Festival will be held from the 17th to 25th July 2004. The festival program comprises over a hundred concerts. The big open-air concerts will be held at the beautiful Kirjurinluoto concert park and there will be several clubs to enjoy the concerts during the night time also. porrijazz.fl

Great Names at the Malta Jazz Festival - Randy Brecker and Bill Evans as the Soulbop Band
Multi award winners Randy Brecker and Bill Evans joined forces in 2003 to form a new group they billed as The Soulbop Band, a mixture of soul, bop and contemporary Jazz......

47th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (September 17 - 19) Presented by MCI Features Bobby McFerrin with Jack DeJohnette, Savion Glover & TI DII, Terence Blanchard Sextet with Jon Faddis, Slide ampton & James Moody; Marian McPartland Trio with Bill Charlap, Jason Moran & Lynne Arriale; Take 6, Chaka Khan, Regina Carter Quintet, Buddy Guy, Don Byron Trio with Jason Moran & Jack DeJohnette, Bill Charlap Trio with Clark Terry & Frank Wess, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O’Farrill....

Litchfield Jazz Festival Marks Ninth Anniversary
GOSHEN - This year marks the ninth anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8 at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
Tickets are on sale for the three-day event which features Arturo Sandoval, John Pizzarelli, an All-Star Count Basie Centennial Celebration, a Nat Cole Tribute starring Freddy Cole, Brad Mehldau and much more ....

Jazz festival to add new flavours
The 14th Malta Jazz festival, to be held between 16 and 18 July at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta, promises a selection of music to suit everyone’s taste, with the three nights being based on Latin jazz and a blend of Afro-Cuban and American jazz .....

It's the 25th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
With Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Keith Jarrett,
Chick Corea, Charlie Haden and Benoît Charest plus many, many more
It's the best of the best for this year's historic edition! .....

The San Jose Jazz Society Announces The 2004 Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival Presented by Southwest Airlines
Headliners are an electrifying and eclectic mix of jazz legends and new superstars, including James Moody, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Pete Escovedo, Ray Barretto, Jane Bunnett, Steve Turre, and Dena DeRose.
World's largest free jazz festival expected to bring 165,000 music lovers to downtown San Jose, California ...

Newport Jazz sets 50th bash
George Wein sure knows how to throw a party. The founder of the Newport Jazz Festival is marking the 50th anniversary of the event with a 2004 lineup that's literally a Who's Who of modern jazz.
Among those appearing on one of the three stages (up from two in the past) at Fort Adams State Park on Aug. 14 are George Shearing, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, James Moody, Jackie McLean, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr. and Clark Terry...

Myriad Musicians Join Jazz Aspen Events
Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Lyle Lovett and David Byrne are among the artists confirmed to take part in the Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass festivals this summer. The first of the events will take place June 24-27 in downtown Aspen, Col....

Benson, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, more added to jazz fest bill
The snow's still on the streets, but that hasn't deterred organizers from revealing seven more shows for the 25th Montreal International Jazz Festival....

Lineup picked for Jazz Fest '04
HAMPTON -- Building on the winning formula of the last several years, organizers of this year's Hampton Jazz Festival unveiled today a strong mix of R&B favorites, smooth jazz performers and up-and-coming artists.
Headliners Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Stephanie Mills, smooth jazz artists Dave Koz and Wayman Tisdale and newcomers Kem and Floetry are among the performers signed for the three-day event June 25-27.....

Jazz festival names Carter as artist-in-residence
The Monterey Jazz Festival has named Regina Carter as the festival's first year-round artist-in-residence. The jazz and classical violinist will serve in the position throughout 2004, with several performances and educational programs on the agenda.....






2004 Jazz Festivals
June - August
3 - 6
Puerto Rico Jazz Festival
4 - 12
Rochester Jazz Festival
5 - 13
Healdsburg Jazz Festival
7 - 13
Discover Jazz Festival
13 - 15
Ocho Rios Jazz Festival
21 Jun -7 Aug
Stanford Jazz Festival
24 Jun - 4 Jul
Ottowa Jazz Festival
25 - 26
Saint Louis Jazz Festival
25 - 27
Hampton Jazz Festival
25 Jun - 4 Jul
Vancouver Int Jazz Festival
26 - 27
Friehofer's Jazz festival
28 Jun - 11 Jul
Vienna Jazz festival
30 Jun - 11 Jul
Montreal Jazz festival
30 Jun - 13 Jul
Jazz a Vienne
2 - 4
Iowa City Jazz Festival
2 - 10
Lugano Estival Jazz
2 - 17
Montreux Jazz Festival
9 - 11
North Sea Jazz Festival
9 - 18
Umbria Jazz Festival
10 - 11
JVC Jazz Festival Winter Park
10 - 17
Aarhus Jazz Festival
12 - 18
Molde Jazz Festival
15 - 17
JVC Jazz Festival Chicago
16 - 17
Norfolk Jazz Festival
17 - 21
Pori Jazz Festival
21 - 28
Nice Jazz Festival
30 Ju - 7 Aug
Hawaii Jazz Festival
30 Ju - 7 Aug
Hawaii Jazz Festival
5 - 8
San Jose Jazz Festival
6 - 8
Telluride Jazz Celebration
6 - 8
Litchfield Jazz Festival
7 - 8
Mt Hood Jazz Festival
9 - 15
Oslo Jazz Fest
11 - 15
Time in Jazz
11 - 15
JVC, Newport
13 - 15
Long Beach Jazz Festival
JVC, Concord CA
JVC,Los Angeles
New Haven Jazz Festival
27 - 29
Park City Jazz Festival

A round up of some of the latest Jazz news stories is below, and there's more on our News page

Shanghai sizzles again with jazz
(SHANGHAI, China (CNN) -- In the 1930s, Shanghai, known as the Paris of the East, was the cabaret and jazz center of Asia....

Jazz greats on stage at summer fests
Jazz enthusiasts will be happy to know there's no shortage of regional festivals featuring laundry lists of laudable musicians..... timesunion .com

Obituary: Jean-Baptiste 'Illinois' Jacquet / Legendary jazz, blues tenor saxophonist
Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet, a powerful-sounding tenor saxophonist whose legendary solo on Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home" set in motion a style for generations of young musicians....

Jazz Festival posts record attendance, sales
The organizers of the Montreal International Jazz Festival are searching for superlatives to describe this year's 25th edition....

Jazz maestro McLean set to shake things up at Baalbeck Festival
BEIRUT: So far this summer in Lebanon the buzzwords on all concert fans' lips have been Placebo, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Van Dyk and Massive Attack. While wholly justified, it is perhaps shameful that very little buzz has surrrounded alto jazz saxophone legend Jackie McLean,....

Jazz festival draws 70,000
The central Norwegian city of Molde kicked off its annual jazz festival this week, with 70,000 music lovers expected to attend its scores of concerts.........

Less soul in the world with loss of these three
The passing of three trailblazers in recent weeks reminds us why jazz, at its best, is such an individualistic art form. These artists are irreplaceable........

Hollywood Bowl changes delight all at jazz festival
The sound at the Bowl was clear as a bell.
That was the verdict among audience members Saturday at the public unveiling of the Hollywood Bowl's $24 million

Thousands attend Jazz Festival
The 27th annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival took place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this weekend.......

Most Successful" Jazz Fest Wraps
Tricia Cruz (Rochester, NY) 06/13?04 -- After nine days, the Third Annual Rochester International Jazz Festival wrapped up Saturday night.....

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