05/21/13

2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival Finalizes June Program

Shorter, Spalding, Palmieri, McLaughlin, Tyner and more to perform

The Blue Note Jazz Festival, taking place throughout the month of June throughout New York City, has finalized its lineup. The festival will feature over 120 performances at nine venues throughout New York City in addition to Blue Note Jazz Club. Additional venues include Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Hester Street Fair, the Highline Ballroom, Lehman Performing Arts Center, Lucille’s Bar & Grill at B.B. King Blues Club, SummerStage and Town Hall.

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Ticket information and a complete schedule of events are available on the official website, Blue Note Jazz Festival.

According to the festival’s official press release, this year’s festival includes the following shows:

-Flamenco-inspired vocalist Buika at Town Hall
-Dobro guitarist and American country legend Jerry Douglas, performing for three nights at Blue Note Jazz Club
-English guitarist John McLaughlin
-Puerto Rican bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri, who will be performing with his Salsa Orchestra at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
-Joshua Redman Quartet, who will be performing with Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade & Orchestra at Town Hall
-Saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration at Town Hall, featuring three bands: the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Esperanza Spalding Trio, Sound Prints: Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano Quintet
-McCoy Tyner & The Latin All Stars performing two shows at Blue Note Jazz Club, featuring Gerald Cannon, Francisco Mela, Gary Bartz, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch and Miguel Valdez
-Tommy Emmanuel performing one night only at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

In addition to these acts, other performers scheduled to participate in the 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival include salsa great Poncho Sanchez; saxophonist David Sanborn; international acts such as Gato Barbieri, Chucho Valdés, Sadao Watanabe; ensemble acts such as Rebirth Brass Band, Harlem Gospel Choir and Dizzy Gillespie Big Band; vocalists Amel Larrieux, Susana Baca, Delbert McClinton and Buffy Sainte-Marie; guitarist Ottmar Liebert; pianists Bob James, Danilo Perez and Kenny Werner; trumpeter Dave Douglas; genre-bending jazz orchestra Bjorkestra; spoken-word artist, musician and star of the classic film “SLAM”, Saul Williams; and San Diego-based soul-and-funk super group The Greyboy Allstars featuring Houston Person, James Carter, and Gary Bartz.

The festival will sponsor a series of free concerts, outdoor events and educational programs presented by nonprofit organizations JazzReach and JazzHouse Kids. JazzReach will present Blue Note Jazz Festival for Kids from May 29-May 31.

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