08/01/01

Verizon Festival Features Fringe Artists

The 2001 Verizon Music Festival celebrates its inaugural year in New York City Aug. 7-9, before sweeping across the country to Los Angeles and then Tampa, Fla., for shows in the fall.

The New York leg of the tour will feature experimental jazz, electronic and ambient music with performances on Aug. 7 by Roscoe Mitchell, Tim Berne's Hard Cell trio and the Mark Dresser Trio. On the following night, Archie Shepp (pictured left) will perform with Roswell Rudd, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and special guest Amiri Baraka on hand to dish out verse. The program concludes on Thurs. Aug. 9 with an evening of space exploration as the Sun Ra Arkestra joins drummer Gregg Bendian and guitarist Nels Cline in a tribute to John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space. DJ Spooky is also scheduled to appear.

The Verizon Jazz Festival is sponsored by Verizon Communications, formerly Bell Atlantic, but the Verizon festival is being promoted as an entirely new concept, not just a renamed version of the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival. Jazz promoter George Wein, in charge of the festival, explains, “We’re trying to promote the music beyond the way it’s normally been promoted.”

Tickets are $25 per concert or $60 for the entire series.

For more information, visit www.verizon.com/musicfestival or call (212) 501-1390.

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