Katherine Silkaitis

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03/09/06    News

St. Lucia Jazz Acts to Include Nancy Wilson and Al Green

The 15th annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival is set to take place May 5-14 and the festival will feature performances from Nancy Wilson (pictured), Kenny Garrett, Al Green and pop stars including Ciara and Seal. Pigeon Island will host the festival, which annually...

03/08/06    News

Malian Musician Ali Farka Toure Dies

Malian legend Ali Farka Toure died yesterday at his home in Mali’s capital city of Bamako, the country’s Culture Ministry said. Farka was in his late 60s and had been battling bone cancer. Toure was a respected musician worldwide, a master of a traditional...

03/06/06    News

Performers and Dates for Reno Jazz Fest Announced

The Maria Schneider Big Band (pictured) and Nancy King are set to headline the 44th annual Reno Jazz Festival April 27-29 in Reno, Nev. The festival draws more than 10,000 attendees annually, who come not only to hear music and see performances, but also...

02/28/06    News

New Label to Release Albums By Mandolinist, Django Festival

April 1 will see the launch of Switzerland’s Kind of Blue Records with the release of two inaugural albums, Gypsy Swing – The Django Festival Live at Birdland and Hamilton de Holanda’s (pictured) Samba do Aviao . Founded by Roy Tarrant, the label has a stated...

02/27/06    News

Cassandra Wilson to Release Blue Note Album April 4

After releasing her acclaimed 2003 CD, Glamoured , vocalist Cassandra Wilson is set to release her new album April 4. Her sixth release for Blue Note, thunderbird was produced by T Bone Burnett, known for his work with Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison, the Counting...

02/24/06    News

Performers for Virginia's Ella Fitzgerald Festival Announced

The Ninth Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival, held in Newport News, Va., will take place April 5-8. Festival performers this year include Kurt Elling (pictured), Eddie Palmieri, the Count Basie Orchestra and Branford Marsalis. Kurt Elling and the Christopher...

02/23/06    News

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest Performers Announced

We know the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning to New Orleans, and we even know the dates (see Dates for New Orleans' Jazz Fest Announced ), and now we finally know who will be performing. With a line-up that could shock even the most weathered...

02/22/06    News

Soft Machine's Elton Dean Dies

British jazz saxophonist Elton Dean died Feb. 7 in a London hospital at age 60. He had been suffering heart and liver problems over the past year. His death was unexpected and Dean had several concerts planned with his current band, Soft Machine Legacy...

02/20/06    News

New School to Host Annual Beacon Awards Gala

Roy Haynes, Barry Harris, Jon Hendricks and 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley will be honored by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music this Friday in a ceremony that will feature performers including Bill Cosby and Al Jarreau. The annual Beacon...

02/17/06    News

Percussionist Ray Barretto Dies

Percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto died this morning at the Hackenstack University Medical Center in Hackenstack, N.J. at age 76. He had undergone heart bypass surgery in January and had since suffered from pneumonia. Barretto is credited with bringing...

02/17/06    News

Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway Signs to Telarc

After releasing ten albums for labels including Shanachi, Capitol and DRG, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway has signed to Telarc and will release her label debut, Blues in the Night , Aug. 22. Callaway, who is the sister of Broadway performer Liz Callaway and...

02/16/06    News

UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival to Be Held April 20-22

The University of Northern Colorado will host the 36th annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival from April 20-22 in downtown Greeley, Colo. This year’s festival will feature the Colorado debut of the Maria Schneider Orchestra (pictured), the Cedar Walton Quintet...

02/15/06    News

East Coast Jazz Festival Begins Tomorrow

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund will present the 15th annual East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The five-day marathon of jazz music and education will include events such as a kids’ concert, a senior citizens’...

02/14/06    News

Yoshi's Sponsors National Photo Contest

Jazz photographers, from the amateur to the professional, are invited to participate in San Francisco’s Fillmore Heritage Center’s national photo contest. The center is currently being constructed and will be the new home of Yoshi’s San Francisco and will...

02/13/06    News

Jazz Scholaship Journal to Launch Next Year

Jazz Perspectives the jazz journal founded by historian and author Lewis Porter, is accepting papers for its first issue, to be published in January 2007. Jazz Perspectives is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to jazz scholarship and will be published...

02/11/06    News

Kurt Elling to Headline Jazz Week

Blue Note vocalist Kurt Elling will headline the University of Memphis’ Jazz Week 2006. Set to take place from Feb. 28 – March 4, the festival will feature faculty and students from the university’s Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music performing with guest musicians...

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