Thursday, August 27, 2009's Great Giveaway for Tanglewood Jazz

Message from Lois Gilbert:

"Jazz continues our annual Great Summer Giveaway
We have 3 pairs of VIP tickets for The Tanglewood Jazz Festival Sept 4-6
Your VIP passes includes great seating, free parking and admission to all the Jazz Cafés
One Grand Prize winner will receive tickets for two for the whole weekend
Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email and announced
on JazzCorner's FaceBook Fan Page on August 31st

Here's just some of the great lineup for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Mass in the beautiful setting of the Berkshires:

Friday - Sept 4 - 8pm - "An Evening with Paquito D'Rivera - The 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival opens 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. Airing the week of the Festival will be a special Innerview with Paquito.

Saturday - Sept 5 - 2pm - 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 Harry Allen, Aaron Weinstein, Bucky Pizzarelli and Kurt Elling!

Saturday - Sept 5 - 8pm - 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.

Sunday -Sept 5 - 2pm, will open 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 performed a few times in the U.S. and in Europe. Barron recently received the BNY Mellon Jazz 2008 Living Legacy Award by the Bank of New York/Mellon.

Barron and Miller will be followed by one of the most enduring large jazz ensembles in the U.S., the Grammy-winning 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) and received the award this week in the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble” category. For over four decades the Orchestra has performed on Monday nights at the world-famous jazz club, the Village Vanguard in New York. The Tanglewood performance will include trumpeter Terrell Stafford, trombonist Jason Jackson and pianist Jim McNeely among others.

Sunday -Sept 5 - 8pm, will be trumpeter Jon Faddis and his Quartet with two guest trumpeters: Sean Jones and Wallace Roney. “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. Airing the week of the Festival will be a special Innerview with Jon

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.

In the tradition of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival you can enjoy jazz in the afternoon whether sitting in the Osaka Hall or having a picnic on the lawn. Audiences are encouraged to make a day and night of the event by bringing their chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to Tanglewood. Food vendors and prepared boxed food as well as the Jazz Cafes' with emerging artists will be on site For more info and tickets visit:

All this week, we're featuring videos of performers at Tanglewood. Please check out JazzVision - where you can upload, share, and enjoy videos dedicated to jazz. JazzVision is the only video sharing site for Jazz videos. It's your site for your performances, epks, favorites videos, and vintage and classic Jazz videos!

JAZZ LIVES! A campaign has been launched on Twitter to prove there IS a large, vigorous audience for live jazz. This is a shout-out of performances you're going to see or just saw or live performances you heard on the radio. All you need to do is log into your Twitter account and after your post put #jazzlives. If you want to feed it to your Facebook page, after the #Jazzlives put #FB. You can see it in real time on the home page on

Let's send a big fat message to the world that Jazz indeed is heard everywhere, in all forms and we're saying it (or rather tweeting it) LOUD AND PROUD!!


Coming soon: VIP Passes for the Detroit International Jazz Festival and a special classic interview with Percy Heath and Jimmy Heath. Jimmy will be performing with his brother Albert "Tootie" Heath at Detroit.

Peace and light,
Lois Gilbert
Managing Director

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