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The Cape May Jazz Festival 2009

Running from November 6 - 8, 2009, The 32nd Cape May Jazz Festival features the timeless Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes, and takes place on November 6th, from 8 pm – 10 pm, in the Theatre at Lower Regional High School in New Jersey.

The Count Basie Orchestra of today is 19 performers committed to upholding the Basie tradition with a keyboard set in motion, always swinging Kansas City style. They’ve won 17 Grammys and continue to perform across North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Friday night continues with Richie Cole and “alto madness” in Carneys Other Room. Richie is a master of the sax, a brilliant arranger, composer who constantly shows that there is life, humor and creativity found in classic bebop. He is “one of the last of the breed – a fast and competitive musical gunslinger demonstrating his command of Charlie Parker’s bebop language,” stated All About Jazz.

Barbara King returns by popular demand with her dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities performing in Victorian Gardens at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel. Raised with a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica and surrounded by music and dancing, Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.

Continuing in Carneys Main Room is the Radam Schwartz Quintet featuring Radam pumping out driving rhythms on the Hammond B3 along with Anthony Ware on sax, James Gibbs III on trumpet. Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings having performed with David Fathead Newman, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and many others.

Friday night is rounded out with Gary Allegretto who is being considered for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album…. a versatile harmonica rockin’ the pure electric and acoustic blues in Cabanas. Allegretto sings with a natural storytelling appeal, a wry sense of humor while his harmonica comes as natural as his own voice that makes you dance from the first song ‘til the last.

Ravi Coltrane, a true renaissance man who is at the forefront carving up new paths within jazz, opens Saturday night at the Theatre featuring Geri Allen on piano along with bassist Massimo Biolcati, bass, and drummer E. J. Strickland.  A modernist who has absorbed a wealth of jazz ranging from his father John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to contemporary figures such as Steve Coleman, Wayne Shorter who owes equal debt to Joe Henderson. The listener hears the “elusive beauty” of Ravi through his tenor and soprano saxophone as an explosion of rhythmic and melodic sequences that float through the air with grace…deep, soulful, masterful with the appealingly Hendersonian tendency to lay back even when he is driving hard.

Saturday night continues to thrill with Houston Person performing at the Jazz Dinner at Aleatheas with open seating at 11pm.  He has been called, “the natural heir to the boss tenor crown worn so long and so well by Gene Ammons. “ It is all “tone”, no flash but instead the warmth of his sound, lingering over every note.

Denise Thimes graces Victorian Gardens with her brilliant voice ranking with the all-time greats such as Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy and Carmen to name a few. She has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, James Moody and will continue to steal the show.

Teddy Royal, international instrumental guitarist, will perform with Kyle Kohler on organ and Ken Fowser, sax, in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall. Teddy just won “Best Musician” at the American Idol Talent Show at the Borgata and will fly to Vegas as Borgata’s guest to compete in the finals. Royal calls New Orleans his home where he wrote and recorded with the Staple Singers, Allen Toussaint, Patti LaBelle, the Neville Brothers and was Fats Domino’s guitarist for 30 years.  Royal has had a life-long love affair with music which began while growing up listening to the music of Wes Montgomery. Wes can be heard throughout his playing.

Edgardo Cintron and Inca return to Carneys Main Room by popular demand with a “Tribute to Carlos Santana”, a Latin blast from the past!

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci who performs in Carneys Other Room began his career listening to Louis Armstrong and Harry James, received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee, opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Tri-C Jazz fest in Cleveland after which Wynton invited him to solo with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he debuted with his own band at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Tri-C JazzFest.  This gifted, mature and very versatile artist performs with warmth and rich lyricism and is a talent who will be remembered.

Memphis Gold who continues the blues tradition at Cabanas evokes the vintage sounds of southern soul and blues and reveals his golden knack for resuscitating southern musical traditions.  Gold appeared on the cover of February 09 Living Blues Magazine where he is called a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch Charlie Patton, King of the Mississippi Delta Blues.

The festival includes:

  • Jam Sessions Saturday and Sunday in Carneys
  • Blues Jams in Cabanas with Alan Weber and Frenz Saturday
  • Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band Sunday along with a Saturday CD Signing Party sponsored by Barefoot Wines

The 12noon pre-jams at Carneys feature astounding, very talented young musicians ages 11-17.

An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission.  

Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  

Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands $35, Sunday Jams $25.  

Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25 per person.

Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The box office is at Cape May Welcome Center, 609 Lafayette Street across from the Acme Parking Lot.

For more information visit:

Cape May Jazz Festival
Cape May Welcome Center

609 Lafayette Street

Austria Meets NY Jazz Festival 2009

For the second consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and renowned NY Jazz clubs The Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub present the Austria Meets New York Jazz Festival 2009 from October 12 through 16, 2009.

Austrian and American musicians explore and interpret the influence and the potential of Austrian musical idioms on contemporary Jazz. The festival is the result of a close cooperation with and the support of the Viennese club Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tyrolean Jazz festival Outreach. All performances are at the Austrian Cultural Forum unless otherwise indicated.

Robert Lehrbaumer in Concert: Haydn Contra Jazz -On the occasion of the Franz Joseph Haydn bicentennial and the ACFNY Jazz Festival 2009, Viennese pianist and organist Robert Lehrbaumer juxtaposes the works of Joseph Haydn with works from the Amercian Jazz tradition. The presentation includes works such as Gershwin’s Three Préludes, and Three New Préludes, as well as Haydn’s first and last piano sonatas.

Also in performance: 

Composer Gene Pritsker will present his chamber music based on or inspired by such Austrian composers as Mozart, Schoenberg, Haydn, and Malzat as well as folk music from the region.

Hans Glawischnig Quartet will perform originals by Hans Glawischnig, an eclectic mix from Latin American influences to the avant-garde. With Dave Binney, Luis Perdomo and Eric Doob, with Special Guest, Christian Havel. Perforamnce is at The Jazz Standard.

Loescher, Kondert & Brown Trio is a diverse US-Austrian formation with a mix of Groove, Hip Hop, Soul and Electronic sounds, all in a jazz trio formation. 

Roland Heinz Quartet combines chamber music and contemporary Jazz. With Loren Stillman, Scott Lee and Jeff Hirshfield.

Christian Havel & Jon Davis - one of the leading Jazz guitarists in Europe, Havel is joined by his long time collaborator, piano virtuoso Jon Davis.

Tom Zlabinger - Improvisations and experimental ideas building upon a mixture of the urgency and intensity of New York and the language of the age-old traditions of Vienna. With Ras Moshe and Gunter Gruner.

Franz Hackl's IDO Quartet merges “Tyrolean Folktunes,“ the musical dialect Hackl grew up with, with the music and sounds of New York. The music is both very personal and open to influences from all over the world. Each band member has all the artistic freedom they need to contribute equally to the same vision. With Adam Holzman, Lincoln Goines and Mino Cinelu. Performance is at Joe's Pub.

MoZuluArt is a project founded by the artists whose work is a fusion of traditional Zulu music with classical music, based mainly on Mozart compositions. With Roland Guggenbichler (Austria), Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu (Zimbabwe), Blessings Nqo Nkomo (Zimbabwe) and Ramadu (Zimbabwe). Performance is at Joe's Pub.

For further information, contact:

Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
phone: 212 319 5300

The Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St
New York, NY 10016

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003


Festival of New Trumpet Music: Four Nights in Honor of Bobby Bradford

Font celebrates the extraordinary contributions trumpeter Bobby Bradford has made to the creative music community for over 50 years with The Festival of New Trumpet Music, four nights of music held in his honor. Bradford's clarion sound on both the trumpet and cornet, the conceptual vibrancy of his improvisations and compositions, and the gentle wisdom of his mentorship to countless artists makes this event one not to miss.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music will also present Bradford the 2009 Award of Recognition. See this master present his music at a rare NY club appearance.

The schedule of trumpet and jazz events is as follows:

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ambrose Akinmusire performs a newly commissioned work honoring Bradford and written especially for FONT featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Akinmusire is the winner of the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
7:30 and 9:30.

Friday, October 2, 2009
Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt brings together a very special sextet with fellow trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss. Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band.
7:30, 9:30, and 11:30

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Legendary cornetist Bobby Bradford makes a rare New York appearance with a Quintet featuring David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser and Andrew Cyrille. Special Font-sponsored event, not to be missed.
7:30, 9:30, and 11:30.

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Bobby Bradford returns with an Octet featuring David Murray, fellow trumpeter Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell on trombone, and James Weidman on piano.
7:30 and 9:30.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
5:00 - 6:30pm
Sam Ash Music
60 West 48th St.
NYC 10036
Dave Douglas with Peter Evans and Nate Wooley: Extended Techniques for Trumpet - a Discussion and Demonstration. See and hear how new sounds are being created, and how they are being applied to new music.

Registration required. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music
Oct. 1st - 4th, 2009

Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street

Lebowski Fest In NYC This Week

The Dude would most definitely abide. The annual Lebowski Fest comes to New York City September 22-24, 2009, attracting fans from all over town. Lebowski Fest is a celebration of all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers cult comedy, The Big Lebowski. Fans of the film (aka "Achievers") come from far and wide to drink white Russians, throw some rocks and party with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes (not to mention a nihilist or two).

The three-day festival returns with the Movie Party at Terminal 5 on September 22njeff bridges as the big lebowskid and two nights of bowling on September 23rd at Lucky Strike Lanes and September 24th at Brooklyn Bowl.

For devoted Lebowski fans (commonly known as Achievers) the movie is not just an eclectic Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) comedy, it is a way of life. Full of witty, highly quotable dialogue the film has very quickly taken a life of its own. Although the film was a sleeper when it was first released in 1998 it quickly blossomed into a cult movie.

The story of Lebowski Fest begins in 2002 during a rather dull tattoo expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the mistaken belief that it would be a great place to sell T-shirts from Scott's shop (Mothership Connection, R.I.P.), the “founding dudes”, as Scott and Will are now known, were manning a booth but were so bored by the lack of activity that they took to quoting The Big Lebowski for amusement. No matter how many times a line was said, it was undeniably funny. As the other vendors joined in they very quickly realized they had tapped into a pop culture phenomenon which had not yet been recognized. 

In creating a sense of bonding and camaraderie between complete strangers came a revelation amidst this swirl of neck tattoos and piercing enthusiasts: "If they can have conventions for tattoos and God knows what else, why not a convention for people who love The Big Lebowski? As a famous dude once said "If you will it, it is no dream."

A date was set, a bowling alley was rented and flyers were printed. And people flocked from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and Pismo to take part in the shenanigans. The First Annual Lebowski Fest went so well that Scott and Will decided to host another one, and another, and another.

The “founding dudes” discovered that Lebowski fans were everywhere and took the movie very seriously. Thus, the first Lebowski Fest was born. Crowds poured in from all over the country to celebrate the movie and bask in its eclectic goodness. Sensing the universal potential of the venture they decided to continue the festival touring America each year.

 It's a multi-day party that typically opens with live performances and screening of the film the first night and concludes with a raucous bowling party the following night. The First Annual Lebowski Fest was in 2002 in Louisville, but subsequent fests have been held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, London and Edinburgh. While the Coen brothers continue to maintain a safe distance from the madness they created, the fest has earned the blessing of the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, who attended the fest in L.A. and even stuck around to sing a few songs

For more information visit or call 502-583-9290.  

Tues, Sep 22nd
Lebowski Fest New York Movie Party - Music by Black Diamond Heavies + special appearance by the Pin Heads. Followed by a screening of the movie. Doors at 7:30. @ Terminal 5 - 610 West 56th St, 10019
$20 Advance / $25 Day Of

Weds, Sep 23th
Lebowski Fest New York Bowling Party - Night 1 - Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ticket includes bowling* and shoe rental. Ages 21 and over. 7pm @ Lucky Strike Lanes - 660 W 42nd St, 10036.
$28 Advance / $32 Day of

*Bowling is general admission and not guaranteed. Bowling shoes not required with any non-dark soled shoe.

Thur, Sep 24th
Lebowski Fest New York Bowling Party - Night 2 - Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ages 21 and over. 8pm @ Brooklyn Bowl - 61 Wythe Ave, 11211.

Two differet tickets for Night 2: Bowling Ticket $30 (1 game of bowling + shoes) / Non-bowling ticket $22

Lebowski Fest Speed of Sound Tour Dates:

Lebowski Fest has packed up its dirty undies and giant bowling pin costumes and has hit the road for a North American tour Tickets are on sale now!
Lebowski Fest Philly: Sept 25-26

Lebowski Fest DC: Sept 28-29

Lebowski Fest Austin: Oct. 9-10

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