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2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Ken Franckling reports on annual festival held in Lenox, Ma.

Singer-pianist Michael Kaeshammer at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Saxophonist Sarah Manning in the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival's Jazz Cafe
Judy Carmichael, guitarist Chris Flory, saxophonist Harry Allen and bassist Neal Miner at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Cedric Hanriot in the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival's Jazz Cafe
Federico Britos celebrated the music of Cachao at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Rebecca Martiin and Larry Grenadier at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival's Jazz Cafe
Sing The Truth musical director Terri Lyne Carrington at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright Sing The Truth at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Singer Robin McKelle at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Jimmy Cobb's Coast to Coast All Stars made their debut Sunday at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival
John Santos at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Drummer Ulysses Owens in the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival's Jazz Cafe
Jimmy Cobb, Llew Matthews and John Webber at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival's Jazz Cafe
Federico Britos joins John Santos' band at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz
NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb at 2011 Tanglewood
Guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist John Webber performed with Jimmy Cobb at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Singer Mary Stallings and pianist Llew Matthews at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Mingus Orchestra members Scott Robinson, Boris Kozslov, Wayne Escoffery and Doug Yates

After a summer peppered with an earthquake, tornadoes and a powerful hurricane/tropical storm that ravaged many locations in the Northeast, a weekend filled with jazz felt like the perfect antidote. Attendance was down at this year’s 24th edition of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, due no doubt to the economy, iffy weather forecasts and people dealing with the challenges Irene left in her wake the prior weekend.

Sunday was the powerhouse day at Tanglewood, with the crowd swelling as the day wore on – and the music was strong on the main stage with consistent excellence.

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