For free-spirited jazz fans not afraid to camp or dab on some patchouli in place of a shower, the 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival offers a decent lineup of jazz and jazz-oriented acts among its mix of jam bands, indie rock, Americana and Radiohead.
Scheduled June 16-18 on its usual plot in Manchester, TN-roughly 60 miles southeast of Nashville and northwest of Chattanooga-Bonnaroo began in 2002 and has since cemented a reputation as the premier annual American music festival, booking an eclectic yet discerning roster of acts and succeeding without commercial advertising.
This year, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band entertains audiences in its very own tent, warming up festival crowds a day early on Thursday and carrying the Dixieland torch through Saturday. The Rebirth Brass Band will also be on hand to offer its version of traditional Nawlins boogie, as will the Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John.
Soulive appears with its very danceable Grant Green-meets-James Brown-meets-Talib Kweli groove-a-thon, and that other 21st century organ trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood, also performs. MMW bassist Chris Wood pulls double-duty that weekend, appearing with brother Oliver in the much-hyped Delta-folk duo the Wood Brothers.
Speaking of jazz musicians dipping into down south sounds, Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell appears with his New Quartet featuring Greg Leisz on steel guitars, bassist David Piltch and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Fellow ax-slinger John Scofield kicks off another stint with Phil Lesh and Friends, continuing on with the former Grateful Dead bassist until June 28 when Greg Osby replaces Sco as Lesh sideman.
For tickets, travel arrangements and more information visit www.bonnaroo.com.Originally Published