JVC Jazz Festival Announces New York Lineup

Classic Arts News   JVC Jazz Festival Announces New York Lineup
This summer's JVC Jazz Festival New York will include performances by saxophonist Ornette Coleman, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Chris Botti, and an 85th-birthday tribute to pianist Dave Brubeck, Festival Productions announced.

The festival runs June 12-24 at Carnegie Hall, the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and clubs and other venues around New York. (There are no events at Lincoln Center, which has shared the mainstage concerts in previous years.)

The centerpiece concerts at Carnegie Hall include a performance by Coleman and his quartet on June 16; a double bill of Botti and vocalist Lizz Wright on June 17; a tribute to the venerable club the Village Vanguard with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, drummer Paul Motion, and saxophonist Joe Lovano on June 19; a performance by blues vocalist Etta James on June 20; and the Brubeck tribute, with his quartet and big band and featuring an appearance by comedian Bill Cosby.

On June 22, soul singer Smokey Robinson appears in concerts at Carnegie, and on June 23, Hancock appears with a series of star-studded ensembles; his sidemen include saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnnette, and bassist Ron Carter.

The lineup at Carnegie's smaller Zankel Hall includes pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Ralph Towner, and saxophonist Charles Lloyd's trio Sangam. The Kaye Playhouse series includes performances by pianist Hank Jones, saxophonist Houston Person, and pianist Toshiko Akioshi, and an 80th-birthday celebration for guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

For more information, visit www.festivalproductions.net.

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