Boston Symphony Orchestra Announces Tanglewood Jazz Festival; Tix on Sale Feb. 15

Classic Arts Features   Boston Symphony Orchestra Announces Tanglewood Jazz Festival; Tix on Sale Feb. 15
Paquito d'Rivera, Regina Carter, Nnenna Freelon, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey and others will be featured at the annual festival, to be held Sept. 4-6, 2009 in Lenox, MA.

Full details for the annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival were released in a Dec. 19 press release:

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2009, at the orchestra's summer home in the Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts. Jazz greats highlighting this year's festival include Paquito d'Rivera, Regina Carter, Nnenna Freelon, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Dave Holland, Jon Faddis, and Harolyn Blackwell. All shows will be held in Seiji Ozawa Hall. Tickets for the 2009 Tanglewood season go on sale February 15, 2009.

On Friday, September 4, at 8 PM, the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival will open with "An Evening with Paquito d'Rivera," in which the famed clarinetist performs pieces from his Latin jazz and classical repertoires. A 2005 NEA Jazz Master, winner of the 2008 Downbeat Reader's Poll for best clarinetist, and guest artist on Yo-Yo Ma's most recent recording, Songs of Joy & Peace, d'Rivera has extensive expertise in both the jazz and classical music worlds.

On Saturday, September 5, at 2 PM, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey (in her Tanglewood debut) will tape their popular radio program, "Radio Deluxe," at the festival for later broadcast on more than 60 stations nationwide. Normally broadcast from their living room "high above Lexington Avenue," the Tanglewood program will officially take "Radio Deluxe" on the road for the first time since the program's inception in 2005. The show's format, marked by the duo's urbane, sophisticated humor, inventive playlist, and extensive knowledge of the Great American Songbook, is expanding its repertoire to include such rock-era voices as Randy Newman and Joni Mitchell. The "Radio Deluxe" from Tangelwood will feature two such special guests to be announced at a later date.

On Saturday, September 5, at 8 PM, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Regina Carter will perform with her quartet in a program titled "Reverse Thread," which includes material from her Paganini project plus music from Mali, Senegal, and Uganda. O Magazine said "Carter is a knockout violinist who leads a knockout band."

Following Ms. Carter will be Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and classical vocalist Harolyn Blackwell in "Dreaming the Duke," a program that celebrates the legacy and influences of the great Duke Ellington with innovative solo pieces, duets with chamber and jazz quartets, and intimate vocal-piano selections. Noted pianist and arranger Mike Garson, whose work with David Bowie and in jazz and classical genres has earned him high praise as an arranger, serves as accompanist and musical director. They will perform classical Ellington standards as well as selections from Ellington's famed "Black, Brown and Beige Suite."

The Sunday-afternoon concert on September 6 will open at 2 PM with a rare and exclusive piano duet featuring Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller on two nine-foot Steinways performing spontaneous improvisations on original and jazz standard compositions. Performed at the 2005 Marciac Jazz Festival in France, this program has only been presented a few times in the United States and in Europe.

Barron and Miller will be followed by one of the most enduring large jazz ensembles in the U.S., the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Founded by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, the orchestra received two Grammy nominations in 2008 for its recording "Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard" (Planet Arts Records). For over four decades the orchestra has performed on Monday nights at the world-famous jazz club in New York, the Village Vanguard.

Closing the festival on Sunday, September 6, at 8 PM will be trumpeter Jon Faddis and his Quartet with two guest trumpeters to be announced at a later date. "A Triumph of Trumpets" is a celebration of the role of the trumpet in jazz throughout the past century, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and more.

Following Jon Faddis will be bassist and big-band leader, Dave Holland, with his all-star band including saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and trombonist Robin Eubanks. A native of the United Kingdom, Holland worked extensively with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Jack DeJohnette, and Herbie Hancock in addition to performing with chamber orchestras and classical composers.


Tickets for the 2009 Tanglewood season go on sale to the general public on Sunday, February 15. Tickets are available through Tanglewood's website,, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.

Tanglewood Jazz Festival tickets are priced from $17 to $75. All-day lawn passes, priced at $34, are available for performances on Saturday and Sunday.

For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit

2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Dates, Times, and Ticket Prices

Friday, September 4, 8 PM
An Evening with Paquito d'Rivera
$41/$48/$59/lawn $17

Saturday, September 5, 2 PM
"Radio Deluxe" with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
Live taping for national radio broadcast with special guests TBA
$32/$40/$55/lawn $18

Saturday, September 5, 8 PM
Regina Carter Quartet "Reverse Thread"
"Dreaming the Duke" with Nnenna Freelon, Harolyn Blackwell, and Mike Garson
$45/$60/$75/lawn $19

Sunday, September 6, 2 PM
Piano Duet with Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
$32/$40/$55/lawn $18

Sunday, September 6, 8 PM
"A Triumph of Trumpets" with the Jon Faddis Quartet and special guests TBA
Dave Holland
$41/$48/$59/lawn $17

All-day lawn pass available on Saturday and Sunday $34

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