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The Blue Note Jazz Club celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival from June 1 - 30, 2011 in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City.
This is the year’s largest New York jazz festival, with several jazz greats, many of whom have performed at the Blue Note for years, set to perform, including
and many more.
Since its inception in 1981, the Blue Note has become a cultural institution in New York and one of the premier jazz clubs in the world. Jazz is undoubtedly America's music, and while the Blue Note strives to celebrate the music's great history, the club is a place where progression and innovation - the foundation of jazz - are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis.
"Thirty years ago, I never could have dreamed that the Blue Note would become what it is today," owner and operator Danny Bensusan said of his famed jazz club.
"It wasn’t easy to convince the artists to play here at first. We had help from some of the musicians who believed in what we were trying to do -- Ray Brown and Dizzy Gillespie, in particular -- and as we started bringing in bigger names, the reputation of the club grew. Once they played the Blue Note, they always wanted to come back, because there is an intimacy here between the audience and the musician that is appealing to everyone."
While the Blue Note Jazz Festival celebrates the club’s accomplishments and legendary artists, Bensusan believes the Blue Note’s future success will come from exposing new artists, captivating new audiences and investing in jazz education.
In light of this, the Blue Note Jazz Festival includes a series at the Mercury Lounge devoted to young up-and-coming artists in a variety of genres, as well as the new Spontaneous Construction Series at the Blue Note presented by Search & Restore, which pairs young, experimental artists together for the first time.
Additionally, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will sponsor educational programs for the non-profit organization JazzReach and its "ELLINGTON!" program at the Highline Ballroom, which will host hundreds of New York City Public School students each day over a period of three afternoons.
For Bensusan, the Blue Note Jazz Festival is a reflection of where the Blue Note has been, but most importantly, an indication of what lies ahead.
"I’m proud that after 30 years, the Blue Note has become an important institution in New York and that with the Blue Note Jazz Festival, we are continuing to expand and work toward making the Blue Note as good as it can be."
Shows are also scheduled at
For more information, go to www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com.
Blue Note Jazz Festival June 1 - 30, 2011
Blue Note Jazz Club 131 W. 3rd St. (betw 6th Ave & McDougal St.)New York City212-475-8592www.bluenotejazz.com
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 West 42nd St New York City212-997-4144www.bbkingblues.com
The Beacon Theatre2124 Broadway New York City
Highline Ballroom431 West 16th Street New York Citywww.highlineballroom.com
Joe’s Pub425 Lafayette Street New York City
Mercury Lounge217 E Houston Street # ANew York City
Le Poisson Rouge158 Bleecker Street New York City
Rose Theaterin Frederick P. Rose HallBroadway at 60th Street Columbus CircleNew York City
The Town Hall123 West 43rd Street New York City
Terminal 5610 West 56th Street New York City
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts250 Bedford Park Blvd WestBronx, New York
The 16th annual Vision Festival is on from June 5 - 11, 2011 at Abrons Art Center, the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Campos Plaza Playground in Manhattan, New York.
The Vision Festival draws people from around the world who are interested in what is great, creative and innovative.
Arts For Art (AFA) leads the way in building opportunities for uniting the spectrum of creative arts. AFA has been working to strengthen the artistic communities by holding town meetings, panel discussions and creating opportunities for artists to perform and come together, so as to build a power through unity.
Peter Brötzmann - A Lifetime of AchievementThis year, Arts For Art and The Vision Festival celebrate a Lifetime of Achievement by Peter Brötzmann, one of the first practitioners of the Free Jazz movement in Europe. The 70-year-old has programmed his own evening to reflect his ongoing pursuit of musical innovation. Brötzmann is not interested in looking back -- only in looking forward and being as creative as possible in the present time.
The Opening Night of the Festival is a tribute to another Giant of Jazz, Marion Brown, the great alto saxophone legend, visual artist and ethnomusicologist. The Group, an all-star collective featuring Andrew Cyrille, Hamiet Bluiett, Ahmed Abdullah, Charles Burnham, Bob Stewart.
Billy Bang – Honored Violin legend Billy Bang was honored in last year‛s Festival with a special award for his leadership, vision, and musical genius. This year he was scheduled to perform on the last night of the festival. The music world lost Bang in April.
The Festival Finale is a Tribute performance of Bang‛s composition Mystery of the Mekong, featuring a 25 piece string ensemble, plus special guests, under the direction of William Parker.
Four tracks make up the Festival -- Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Word -- with such acts as:
For more information, visit www.visionfestival.org.
Vision Festival June 5 - 11, 2011
Abrons Arts Center466 Grand StreetNew York, NY 10002212-598-0400
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center107 Suffolk StreetNew York, NY 10002212-260-4080
Campos Plaza Playground13 Street between Ave A & Ave BNew York, NY
The 38th annual Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee runs Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 - 30, 2011 at numerous venues in Old Sacramento, including the refurbished Delta King River Boat (afloat on the Sacramento River), and The Convention Center Area at the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton Grand Hotels along with other venues in Sacramento, California.
THe 2011 "Emperor" of the 38th annual Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee is Tom Rigney, who appears with his band, Flambeau.
Specialty concerts and events:
With more than 400 sets of live music in 20 venues with over 70 bands, Featured Music covers all the bases, including:
Classic Jazz & Swing Bands include:
Straight-ahead & Mainstream Jazz:
In addition, Drexel University's Jazz Master Class Series presents well-known musicians speaking at the high-tech campus in Old Sac.
For more information, go to www.sacjazz.com.
Sacramento Jazz Festival and JubileeMemorial Day Weekend, May 27 - 30, 2011
Delta King Paddlewheel Saloon1000 Front StreetSacramento, CA1-800-825-5464www.deltaking.com
Hyatt Ballroom209 L StreetSacramento, CA916-443-1234
Sheraton Ballroom1230 J StreetSacramento, CA916-447-1700
plus other venues in Sacramento
The 12th edition of Elektra, the Digital Arts Festival, powers up May 4 - 8, 2011 in Montreal (QC), Canada at Usine C, Cinémathèque québécoise and other venues around Montreal. Elektra is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of digital art in all its forms.
This year‛s theme is Visualizing Sound, with audio-visual and immersive performances by over 30 artists presenting robotic, interactive and sound installations of state-of-the-art electronic music and visual creations using the latest technology.
Read more: Elektra 12: Visualizing Sound
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