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JVC Jazz Festival New York Offers 13 Days of Jazz

JVC Jazz Festival New York will take place this year from June 14-25 with more than 300 artists performing in 100 concerts at 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The festival will open with “100 Years and a Day: Doc Cheatham Centennial Jazz Party” featuring Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Warren Vache, Randy Sandke, Jimmy Owens and Theodore Croker, hosted by Phil Schaap.

Other festival highlights include Chick Corea on June 16, Wayne Shorter Quartet and Dave Holland Quintet together on June 17, “JVC Jazz Celebrates Brooklyn!” with the Bad Plus, Charlie Hunter Trio and James Carter Organ Trio also on June 17 and a Les Paul tribute on June 19 with Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, Richie Sambora, Kenny Wayne Shepard, special guest Madeleine Peyroux and other artists.

There will also be a tribute to Rosemary Clooney on June 20 featuring Debby Boone, Dianne Reeves and Brian Stokes Mitchell, with an appearance by Larry King, and a screening of Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue that same day. Cesaria Evora will perform on June 21 and Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette will perform June 22. Also on June 22 is a tribute to Jaco Pastorius.

The festival’s penultimate day features a performance by Dave Brubeck Quartet together with John Pizzarelli Quartet, as well as a performance by Don Byron Ivey-Divey Trio with Jason Moran and Billy Hart. The festival closes on June 25 with a full schedule of concerts: Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis with Miguel Zenon, Eddie Palmieri, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Dafnis Prieto Quintet and another performance by Don Byron Ivey-Divey Trio.

The festival will also feature a series of special events and educational programs such as “Jazz Reflections,” a visual art depiction of jazz; the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2005 Jazz Awards; “Dedicated to Lois Armstrong,” the story of the trumpet player in narrative, song and dance; and Blue Note master classes and jazz education workshops and lectures.

Ticket information and a full schedule of events for the festival are available at Festival Productions’ website.

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