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As the Season Cools Down, Jazz Heats Up

(June 2009)

Artistic Director of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., Paquito D’Rivera joined forces with fellow B & H composer Wynton Marsalis and family this month, at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama, to inaugurate the White House Music Series. Summer jazz festival performances include: Ljubljana (Slovenia), Palau (Spain), North Sea (Netherlands), Espinho (Portugal), Red Sea (Israel), and Helsinki. D’Rivera lands state-side to grace the stage of the Caramoor International Music Festival. D’Rivera’s Cape Cod Files makes its world premiere at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on August 11, just a few weeks prior to him opening the Tanglewood Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend.

Check www.paquitodrivera.com/dates.html for details. 

During this year’s historic New Orleans’s Jazz and Heritage Festival audiences were electrified by a jubilant and celebratory performance of the groundbreaking suite Congo Square. The composition is a collaboration with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and master percussionist Yacub Addy that pays homage to Marsalis’ native New Orleans. Wynton along with his musical family, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason came together to honor their father Ellis Marsalis who received the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award during a special performance by the Marsalis Family and ceremony at the Kennedy Center. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will embark on their annual Summer European Tour performing at premiere jazz festivals such as Montreal, North Sea, Umbria and Vitoria. 

Check www.wyntonmarsalis.org/tour for details. 

Chick Corea launches his multi-country solo piano tour in the unique setting of the Pomeranian Duke's Castle in Szczecin, Poland, and then brings his legendary brand of artistry to audiences throughout Europe. Corea fans have the rare opportunity to experience his collaborative magic first-hand, as he joins Stefano Bollani on an Italian tour and then partners with Gary Burton, making stops at festivals like Umbria and Nice.

Check www.chickcorea.com/on_tour.php for details.

July finds David Benoit conducting the Asia America Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, with his quartet at Tokyo’s elegant Cotton Club, and headlining at The Wave’s Summer Music Series in Newport Beach. Gearing up for a composer’s residency at the Montalvo Arts Center later in the year, Benoit performs at the artistic haven in August. Catch David and his family (including their beloved cat, Brownie!) on Animal Planet’s “Housecat Housecall,” airing July 11th and 12th.

Check www.benoit.com/tour.html for details.

Mingus Dynasty’s summer adventure includes dates at fine jazz clubs in London and Amsterdam-Ronnie Scott’s and Bimhaus-as well as festival appearances at Molde (Norway), Bari, Caserta and Umbria (Italy), Estoril, (Portugal), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Nisville (Serbia). US dates include the New Mexico Jazz Festival and New York’s Central Park SummerStage.

Check www.mingusmingusmingus.com/MingusBands/tourdates.html for details.


> Further information on Work: Congo Square


> Further information on Work: The Cape Cod Files

Photo: Joanne Levey/JoanneLeveyphotography.com

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