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Lake George, N.Y.
Lake George Jazz Weekend
Adela Dalto, Rashiedali Quintet, Dave Samuels & Caribbean Jazz Project, Bob DeVos w Eric Alexander, Dafnis Prieto, Oliver Lake Ensemble.
50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, MJF/50 Showcase Artist Jim Hall, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Holland Supergroup with Gonzalo Rubalcaba-Chris Potter-Eric Harland, John McLaughlin, Issac Delgado, Los Lobos, Sean Jones, Christian Scott, James Hunter. 2007 Artist in Residence Terence Blanchard with Requiem for Katrina.
Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
Kim Prevost & Bill Solley, Brice Winston & the New Orleans Players, Gittens, Sandra Booker/Billy Mitchell, Stanley Jordan, Mose Allison.
Beantown Jazz Festival, produced by Berklee College of Music
Opening Night Celebration is "Jazz and Joyce - A Concert to Establish the Joyce Alexander Wein Scholarship Fund" produced by George Wein @ Symphony Hall w Roy Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Lizz Wright, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin, Kenny Werner, Howard Alden, Jimmy Cobb, Ray Drummond ..
Atlantic City, N.J.
Mid-Atlantic Blues and Music Festival
"With the Miss America Pageant gone, we're establishing the MID-ATLANTIC BLUES AND MUSIC FESTIVAL as the last big blast of the summer," says Bubba Mac ... Second generation blues artists Big Bill Morganfield, Johnny Lee Hooker Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Bernard Allison, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks ... Blues Award Winners Tab Benoit, Bobby Rush, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials . . . Legends of the Chicago Blues w Hubert Sumlin ... Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans.
"Following Monk" Institute at Duke University
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University will investigate and celebrate the NC roots of Thelonious Monk's family and music, in commemoration of his 90th birthday, with guided tours of Monk's birthplace in Rocky Mount and the Newton Grove plantation where his ancestors were slaves and relatives still live today. Henry Butler will perform.
October 17-November 30
San Francisco, Calif.
25th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival
Pharoah Sanders @ Grace Cathedral, Toots Thielemans w Kenny Werner & Oscar Castro-Neves return engagement, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Red Earth, Issac Delgado, Ahmad Jamal, TS Monk Sextet & SF's own Monk's Music Trio, Kronos Quartet, Anat Cohen, Dr. John & Pres Hall Jazz Band & Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Pete Escovedo w His Latin Jazz Orch, Jacky Terrasson solo piano, The Master Maverick: Ornette Coleman, Willem Breuker Kollektif from Amsterdam for Halloween, Fred Hersch Trio & Trio + 2, Jason Moran presents a commissioned work, Ravi Shankar, John Abercrombie Quartet, Tord Gustavson Trio, Dorado Schmitt's Django Festival w Paquito, Desert Guitar Summit w Vieux Farka Touré from Mali, Happy Apple & Kneebody, Joe Lovano Quartet & Renee Rosnes Quartet, Conga Kings, Herbie Hancock & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Elling & Nancy King, Cristina Branco, Caetano Veloso, Youssou N'Dour.
South Carolina Jazz Festival
In the heart of historic downtown Cheraw in honor, and inspired by, Dizzy Gillespie (10/21/1917-1/6/1993) with Kat Williams, Ben Tucker Trio, Mike Longo, Robert Gardiner Quartet, a Latin jazz group and a possible steel pan jazz artist.
February 15-25, 2008
Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Qwest
The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959/2008 - nearly 50 years after Ornette Coleman's visionary album, celebrate the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Winner, plus a sampling of the NEXT Shape of Jazz to Come, through a series of performances, lectures, roundtable discussions, and Jazz Dialogues featuring select artists and members of the Jazz Journalists Association Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron/Ron Carter/Stefon Harris/Lewis Nash, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Maceo Parker, Tord Gustavson, Bad Plus, Bill Charlap, Spanish Harlem Orch, Nancy King & Fred Hersch, Avishai Cohen, Nik Bartsch's Ronin, Tim Berne, Cuong Vu, Jillian Lebeck.