Free jazz festival – KM Jazz http://kmjazz.com/ Tue, 17 May 2022 04:48:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kmjazz.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-53-120x120.png Free jazz festival – KM Jazz http://kmjazz.com/ 32 32 Detroit Jazz Festival 2022 Lineup Highlights Voices Old and New » WDET 101.9 FM https://kmjazz.com/detroit-jazz-festival-2022-lineup-highlights-voices-old-and-new-wdet-101-9-fm/ Tue, 17 May 2022 01:03:42 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/detroit-jazz-festival-2022-lineup-highlights-voices-old-and-new-wdet-101-9-fm/ Ryan Patrick Hooper Detroit Jazz Festival attracts thousands of people each year. For some, it may even feel like a religious experience. This Labor Day weekend, the event is back in person for the first time since 2019. Here is what we have programming until now: Friday, September 2 Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the […]]]>

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Detroit Jazz Festival attracts thousands of people each year. For some, it may even feel like a religious experience. This Labor Day weekend, the event is back in person for the first time since 2019.

Here is what we have programming until now:

Friday, September 2

  • Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn and John Beasley, musical directors
  • soul rebels

Saturday September 3

  • The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis and Shannon Powell
  • Roosevelt Necklace
  • Julien Lage
  • Harriet Tubman with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Ranky Tanky with special guest Lisa Fischer
  • Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
  • Threesome Vijay Iyer
  • Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band with special guest Marquis Hill

Sunday September 4

  • Bill Frisell Trio with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston
  • José James presents Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • Antonio Sánchez and Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI and Lex Sadler
  • Nubya Garcia
  • Tottori Jazz Generation Band
  • Charles McPherson Quintet with Brian Lynch
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Roberto Fonseca YESUN
  • The flagship project
  • Duets – Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés and Joe Lovano

Monday, September 5

  • Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM with Gary Bartz
  • Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
  • Diane Reeves
  • Artemis with Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Alexa Tarantino, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller
  • Three Emmet Cohen
  • “Yankee Go Home” by John Scofield with Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd and Josh Dion
  • JD Allen Trio
  • Chucho Valdes Quartet

This year, the festival presents its first Cuban artist in residence, Chucho Valdes. Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the festival, explains why the musician was selected for this honor.

“There has to be depth…in the impact they’ve already had and the impact they will have through this residency,” Collins says of the nominees. “And Chucho…brings with him not only this Afro-Cuban background in music, but of course, a jazz life in the United States and Europe, and so many interesting combinations of artists from different genres within jazz and Afro-Cuban. communities”.

Collins says that since the start of the Detroit Jazz Festival broadcast live – reaching nearly 2.5 million viewers in two years – they’re able to connect with audiences they couldn’t reach otherwise.

“We really want to appeal to the world and let them know that everyone – everyone – is invited to this evening of the Detroit Jazz Fest.

In addition to many established artists, the festival also features new voices, such as Nubya Garcia.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we really wanted to cool off,” Collins shares. “We are committed to the art of jazz… and what defines jazz is knowledge and an ability to work, manipulate and develop vocabulary. It takes time to maintain that. And although there are a lot of great artists coming in, I always listen to that underbelly, that foundation of jazz, the tradition of jazz, and then what they do with it, to build on, and the trajectory on which they find themselves. Some of the fresh new artists like Nubya, it’s a very interesting trajectory, and yet [there’s] still attached to the foundation. So hopefully we’re at the start of something special with her.


Listen: Chris Collins, President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, talks to us about this year’s lineup.


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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is CultureShift’s award-winning host and producer on NPR station 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit. As a longtime arts and culture journalist and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

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Shailaja Khanna | What makes this festival in Kashi a feast for the soul https://kmjazz.com/shailaja-khanna-what-makes-this-festival-in-kashi-a-feast-for-the-soul/ Sat, 14 May 2022 18:43:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/shailaja-khanna-what-makes-this-festival-in-kashi-a-feast-for-the-soul/ Hindu belief has linked the classical music tradition to gods and goddesses – the rudraveena is said to have been created by Lord Shiva himself, another veena was named after Devi Saraswati, the bansuri is associated with Lord Krishna and the legendary Lord Hanuman was apparently an accomplished rudraveena and pakhawaj player. Sankat Mochan Hanuman […]]]>

Hindu belief has linked the classical music tradition to gods and goddesses – the rudraveena is said to have been created by Lord Shiva himself, another veena was named after Devi Saraswati, the bansuri is associated with Lord Krishna and the legendary Lord Hanuman was apparently an accomplished rudraveena and pakhawaj player.

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple in Kashi, believed to have been established by Goswami Tulsidas himself in the 16th century, maintains the tradition of pleasing Lord Hanuman through music. An annual musical celebration has been held within the temple grounds for decades, commemorating Lord Hanuman’s lunar birthday, with musicians from around the world invited to present their music to the deity for free during nightly musical sessions. Dance performances were also permitted; the style of music is eclectic and the offering includes classical and devotional music. Performers as varied as American jazz artist George Brooks, percussionist Sivamani, Pakistan’s ghazal king Ghulam Ali, bhajan maestro Anup Jalota, playback singer Kavita Krishnamurty, American Ustad Aashish Khan and “Nightingale of the South” Bombay Jayashri all performed their “haazri” at the temple.

Performing at the temple is not easy – recitals are interrupted by temple rituals at midnight and dawn. The heat is immense; the temple lacks soundproof green rooms and other amenities that top musicians take for granted – an anonymous and somewhat anxious Ustad is remembered a few years ago as he pushed his way between the cows attached almost to reach his vehicle! (Cows are now at stealth distance!!)

Keeping to performance time slots is a challenge. The enthusiastic public sometimes refuses to let their favorite artists leave the stage for the next artist! A fulminant Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh is remembered performing alone without her co-artists, as they had to leave to catch the train home for the next concerts. His performance timing had been messed up when Padma Vibhushan Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma decided to play another short piece, which required his 100 string santoor to be retuned.

The proximity of the public, too, can be disconcerting. The performers are literally only a few feet away, and with typical Banarasi recklessness, they are quite capable of audibly pronouncing “bhai, jama nahin” much to the chagrin of the performer! On the other hand, the loud and catchy cries of appreciation of “Har Har Mahadev” with raised hands far outweigh applause or standing. As the late Pt Rajan Mishra once observed: “In India we clap to drive away the crows; it’s not a traditional gesture of appreciation.

At this year’s five-night festival, Chennai’s first performer Deepika Varadarajan said, “The energy from the audience was wonderful. In the South, we are used to performing in temples, and there is probably another type of energy. But here in Kashi, unlike temple concerts in the South, the audience is stationary, immobile and not fleeting. They only sit to listen. It’s a wonderful experience.

For many artists, it’s a time to relax and unwind in each other’s company. Music festivals today are very structured; and staying beyond his performance time is not encouraged by the organizers. No such consideration applies to “Baba’s Darbar” – Pt Jasraj used to stay for the duration of the six-day festival in the temple’s guesthouse with his entourage of disciples. Artists enter the temple to hear each other; stay up all night sometimes. Sometimes they even leave the city to give other concerts, then come back to Varanasi for a concert two days later! In this edition of the festival, young tabla exponent Ishaan Ghosh from Mumbai performed as accompanist, then returned two days later to play a solo with his father Pt Nayan Ghosh!

Musical “addas” take place at the Diamond Hotel throughout the day and night; one can also hear the sounds of a rigorous ‘jhala’ sitar played at 3am behind a closed hotel door, as the artist had no other free time for ‘riyaaz’. “You can’t take Sankat Mochan’s audience for granted; many understand the music very well,” said sarodist Biswajit Roy Chowdhury who has been a regular since 1978. “Being accompanied by the best tabla or pakhawaj performers is another unique feature of this festival. I cherish having played with so many legends in Sankat Mochan,” he added. In fact, tabla performances are so intrinsic to the festival that British tabla maestro Sanju Sahai coincides his annual pilgrimage with the Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh.

Previously, there were loudspeakers outside the temple compound as well, so the whole area almost up to Assi Ghat was ringing with music all night long. For many locals, it was a week of total change in routine – sleeping from around 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; then get ready for the music the next night.

The somewhat chaotic arrangements of yesteryear are treasured memories. A prominent sitar player is remembered perched on a friend’s scooter, balancing his sitar precariously on his lap, and racing from the Diamond Hotel at 2 a.m. to reach the temple stage at the hour, because the vehicle sent to pick him up had been hijacked (perhaps to get Banarasi’s famous “paan” for an outstation maestro).

The combination of music, camaraderie, devotion and a shared perspective produces magic unmatched elsewhere, making the Sankat Mochan Festival an unmissable feast for the soul.

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DELANEY CHEVROLET WESTSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL LINEUP https://kmjazz.com/delaney-chevrolet-westsylvania-announces-jazz-and-blues-festival-lineup/ Fri, 13 May 2022 12:00:33 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/delaney-chevrolet-westsylvania-announces-jazz-and-blues-festival-lineup/ Later this month, downtown Indiana will once again be filled with blues and jazz with the return of the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival on May 28.and. The festival will return to its traditional IRMC Park home on North 7and Street where a one-day music festival takes place with local, regional and national […]]]>

Later this month, downtown Indiana will once again be filled with blues and jazz with the return of the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival on May 28.and.

The festival will return to its traditional IRMC Park home on North 7and Street where a one-day music festival takes place with local, regional and national blues bands. The 2020 edition of the festival was canceled as a result of Covid-19, and last year’s festival was held along Philadelphia Street in a socially distanced setting. After-hours performances will also be back at many local establishments in downtown Indiana.

Performers on this year’s program include award-winning composer, drummer and percussionist Hugo Cruz, who will do double duty by working with the Marion Center High School Jazz Band to open the festival at 11 a.m. and performing with his own band, Caminos, at 5:45 a.m., with the second performance presented by the August Wilson Center and the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. The star performer at the end of the festival will be Gentlemen Brawlers, a six-piece psychedelic soul band based in Brooklyn, who have opened for many Grammy-winning artists and been featured on the music show “Daryl’s House”. with Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates.

Other artists scheduled include Alex Price Project, Jukehouse Bombers and the Paulo Schianchi Trio.

For more information, you can connect to the festival website, www.westsylvaniajazzandblues.org. The festival is free and open to the public.

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5 Highlights of the Umbrella Festival 2022 https://kmjazz.com/5-highlights-of-the-umbrella-festival-2022/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:11:05 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/5-highlights-of-the-umbrella-festival-2022/ Umbrella Festival is an open-air live music festival held annually in South Australia during the winter. Presented by Music SA, the aim of the festival is to champion the local and national music scene while keeping SA buzzing through the colder months. Umbrella Festival hosts hundreds of events across the state that people register via […]]]>

Umbrella Festival is an open-air live music festival held annually in South Australia during the winter.

Presented by Music SA, the aim of the festival is to champion the local and national music scene while keeping SA buzzing through the colder months.

Umbrella Festival hosts hundreds of events across the state that people register via their websiteas well as hosting their own shows for audiences to engage with.

Here are their Top 5 organized events coming up in July, created by some of SA’s cultural superstars.

Umbrella Festival Opening Night

For the first time, the Umbrella Festival Opening Night (July 1) event will be held at four venues across Adelaide City, with each event being free.

NOLA will host an acoustic folk and jazz alley night hosted by local troubadour Aidan ‘Jazzy’ Jones.

The Crown and Anchor will turn into a boisterous affair of psych rock and delicious riffs thanks to Going Steady Music.

The Grace Emily will play pub rock and country belts handpicked by the wonderful Cookie Baker.

And Jive will sing indie rock songs brought together by a very special guest.

Voices of First Nations

This live show at Nexus (July 8) is a round-robin concert featuring three Indigenous artists (TBD) performing original songs and sharing their stories of culture and life journeys.

The performance is staged in a ring of fire, fueling the mosaic of our sacred land, where you can identify with the cultural stories shared through generations past and present.

Enjoy the love of the countryside, an infusion of nomadic soul, wide open plains, colorful urban blues and rock, cultural dancing and traditional cuisine.

Adelaide International Folk Festival

Brought to you by folk duo Mt Kazoo, this outdoor mini-festival (at Carclew Grounds on July 23) will be the first of its kind in Adelaide to bring global musical traditions right to our backyard.

Here you will discover unique instruments, sounds and stories played by top musicians from Japan to Ukraine, as well as those with roots in traditional Australian and colonial music.

Whether you’re hoping to be enchanted by otherworldly melodies or just want to throw yourself into a hoedown, this celebration of diversity and culture shouldn’t be missed.

MUD Carnival Improv Festival

A multidisciplinary exploration by visual artists, musicians, ritual artists and dancers, with installations and performances that will reclaim our right to the transcendent worlds of pleasure, grief and terror from the parasitic class of billionaire scumbags.

MUD, an Adelaide-based arts initiative that promotes the work of performing artists who push the boundaries of their respective practice, presents a larger-scale show for Umbrella (at Ancient World on July 28), celebrating the art of improvisation and experimental art forms.

woolly mammoth

Get ready to open your cupboards and dust off your fluffy coats because Uncle Mum and Umbrella Festival are delighted to announce Adelaide’s favorite winter festival, Woolly Mammoth 2022.

Spotlighting the best Australian indie rock talent to light that fire within, Woolly Mammoth will perform 12 acts on the UniBar Adelaide stage (July 9).

Headlined by dream pop bands EGOSIM and Montgomery, this year’s edition will feature one of its most diverse lineups.

Umbrella Festival 2022 takes place across Adelaide and the South Australian region from July 1-31.

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Tickets on sale for this summer’s Collingwood Music Festival https://kmjazz.com/tickets-on-sale-for-this-summers-collingwood-music-festival/ Mon, 09 May 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/tickets-on-sale-for-this-summers-collingwood-music-festival/ PRESS RELEASECOLLINGWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL*************************The Collingwood Music Festival is delighted to announce that from now on ticket sales are open for the third annual event. The festival brings outstanding performances to Collingwood each summer, featuring award-winning artists in classical, world, jazz and Aboriginal genres. From Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 15, during opening weekend, festival-goers […]]]>

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The Collingwood Music Festival is delighted to announce that from now on ticket sales are open for the third annual event.

The festival brings outstanding performances to Collingwood each summer, featuring award-winning artists in classical, world, jazz and Aboriginal genres.

From Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 15, during opening weekend, festival-goers can hear the brilliant symphonic power of the National Academy of Canada Orchestra and a swingin’ a cappella choir, Countermeasure, which will have the public sing and dance in the aisles.

This is just the beginning. This year the festival is also hosting a full Saturday of free youth events at nearby Duntroon Highlands Golf Club, featuring an enchanting musical course coupled with the serenity of nature – all outdoors with charming views over the bay . The Nathaniel Dett Choir will offer a powerful program of popular spirituals followed by a finale featuring the delicious music of Schubert Trout Quintet. And much more in between.

“Music can give us a soothing and healing sense of refuge from the craziness of the outside world, while bringing us closer together as a community. This year’s summer festival will prove that in countless ways. After all, it marks the exciting return to live music and we’re bringing a mosaic of performances to Collingwood, from intimate chamber music experiences to world music adventures,” says festival artistic director Daniel Vnukowski. “In addition to my role as artistic director , I will be directly involved this year as the pianist, collaborator, and even improv on the soundtrack of a Charlie Chaplin silent movie outdoors, right on our lovely South Georgian Bay on Sunday, July 10.”

On Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m., two months before the festival begins, organizers are incredibly proud to host a benefit concert featuring the world’s most famous dramatic tenor, Ben Heppner, and brilliant concert pianist, Daniel Vnukowski. The duo performs Richard Strauss Enoch Arden, a melodrama for narrator and piano published in 1864 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, during his tenure as English Poet Laureate. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the beautiful Hockley Valley and gourmet cuisine, while sipping VQA award-winning ruby ​​red or honey white wine from Windrush Estate Winery at 3100 Concession Rd. 3, Adjala (52.80 km), Palgrave. Order now at collingwoodfestival.com/event/windrush-estate-winery-2022-fundraiser.

Festival schedule

Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. — Inaugural concert, Rhapsody on the Bay

The majestic return of the National Academy Orchestra’s 55-member ensemble to Collingwood with the festival’s own artistic director, Daniel Vnukowski, on piano performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue.

Saturday July 9 — Youth Day at Duntroon Highlands Golf Club

A full day of free events for youth and families to celebrate Nunavut Day. Program and timetables on collingwoodfestival.com/event/nunavut-day-duntroon.

Sunday, July 10, 3 p.m. — Swingin’ with Countermeasure

This popular classical crossover choral group has shared stages with other a cappella giants including Naturally 7, The Swingle Singers and top 40 stars Corey Hart and Blue Rodeo.

Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. — Tomson Highway: Songs in the Key of Cree

The legendary playwright, author, composer/songwriter and performer and his cabaret. Featuring powerful Peruvian-Canadian singer Patricia Cano; Marcus Ali, saxophone.

Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m. — The famous Canadian string quartet

Champion of contemporary music, the JUNO Award-winning Penderecki String Quartet. The festival is also commissioning a work from Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh, composer-in-residence of the Scarborough Philharmonic.

Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m. — KUNÉ Global Orchestra

Twelve world-class musicians from abroad, each playing a unique instrument from their home country, and one Métis, all of whom call Canada home. Kuné means “together” in Esperanto.

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. — A Fantasy of Spirituals, Partsongs and Folk Songs

The Nathaniel Dett Choir, the only Afrocentric professional chamber choir in North America. Includes a special tribute to the first African-Canadian composer, Dr. Nathaniel Dett.

Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. — Festival Finale, Schubert’s Trout Quintet

An intimate evening of chamber music featuring the Rolston String Quartet joined by special guest Marta Potulska, a brilliant violist from Vienna.

Order festival passes or concert tickets at collingwoodfestival.com/buy-tickets or call the box office at 705-416-1317.

The venue for all concerts (except Youth Day) is First Presbyterian Church at 200 Maple St. in the heart of downtown Collingwood. It is wheelchair friendly, providing easy access for guests with special mobility needs.

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Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2022 returns to in-person concerts with online hub https://kmjazz.com/edinburgh-jazz-festival-2022-returns-to-in-person-concerts-with-online-hub/ Sat, 07 May 2022 08:53:26 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/edinburgh-jazz-festival-2022-returns-to-in-person-concerts-with-online-hub/ One by one, Edinburgh’s festivals are getting back to business in person, with the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival the latest to announce a packed schedule of concerts, galas, blues afternoons and outreach events across town in July. The festival schedule, released yesterday, sees the return of two must-see free public events on the first weekend […]]]>

One by one, Edinburgh’s festivals are getting back to business in person, with the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival the latest to announce a packed schedule of concerts, galas, blues afternoons and outreach events across town in July.

The festival schedule, released yesterday, sees the return of two must-see free public events on the first weekend of the festival, which runs from July 15-24.

Mardi Gras, with its traditional New Orleans music scenes and traditional jazz in the Grassmarket, will return on the first Saturday of the festival. And the Festival Carnival, which is just as much a marker of the start of Edinburgh’s festival season as a whole, returns on the first Sunday of the Jazz Festival with a parade and a multicultural celebration of music and dance in the West Princes Street Gardens.

Both events have been canceled for the past two years (online versions have taken place) due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As for concerts, opening night at Assembly Hall sees a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, with the Seonaid Aitken Big Band and guests.

Other Festival highlights include American guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet, Chicago electric blues from Muddy Waters’ eldest son Mud Morganfield and, making his Festival debut, jazz saxophonist British Nubya Garcia, who is featured on the cover of the flyer 2022.

Jools Holland and Curtis Stigers, whose concerts were postponed last year due to the pandemic, are lined up to perform at the Festival Theatre.

Old-school blues picker Blind Boy Paxton and soulful rhythm and blues singer Davina and her Vagabonds (pictured above) also return to the festival.

In SPARK, a celebration of Italian jazz delivered with I-Jazz and the Italian Institute, Edinburgh audiences can hear musicians Sade Mangiaracina, Francesco Zampini and international artist-in-residence Daniele Raimondi.

Other international artists at the Festival this year include Belgian piano trio De Beren Gieren and a double gypsy jazz program from Les Violons de Bruxelles and Rose Room in Scotland.

Soweto Kinch, Xhosa Cole, Blue Lab Beats, Rosie Frater Taylor and Scotland’s Anoushka Nanguy are others to watch.

In the Scottish Jazz Expo strand you’ll find pianist Fergus McCreadie, Ali Affleck, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw, with concerts under the new wave banner of Richard Glassby, Conor Smith and Matthew Kilner.

While this year the live concerts are the big attraction, the festival continues with an online component.

The Jazz Festival Digital Pass costs £10 and gets you 20 concerts online, including ‘digital exclusives’ and behind the scenes content. The pass includes a concert by the festival’s partner SFJazz Collective in San Francisco.

The concerts will be available until August 14.

Jazz Festival tickets are available through the website at the Fringe Box Office, by phone, or in person until 6 p.m. or up to 45 minutes before the start of each show.

Learn more about the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

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Good music, good food expected for the Douglasville PD Music Festival https://kmjazz.com/good-music-good-food-expected-for-the-douglasville-pd-music-festival/ Thu, 05 May 2022 21:36:31 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/good-music-good-food-expected-for-the-douglasville-pd-music-festival/ DOUGLASVILLE, GA — Sunny weather will accompany good music and delicious food on Saturday afternoon when the Douglasville Police Department hosts its Music Festival from noon to 5 p.m. The event, free for performers and the public, promises live music on the lawn of police headquarters on Fairborn Road – and all music will be […]]]>

DOUGLASVILLE, GA — Sunny weather will accompany good music and delicious food on Saturday afternoon when the Douglasville Police Department hosts its Music Festival from noon to 5 p.m.

The event, free for performers and the public, promises live music on the lawn of police headquarters on Fairborn Road – and all music will be free of offensive content. The talents will receive first, second and third place prizes based on the applause of the audience.

According to the department’s online publications, the competition will have MC Aaron Dandrea and a DJ throughout the day. Other performers will include saxophonist De Wayne Martin, guitarist Bennie Amey, jazz artist Joel Cruickshank, as well as rapper – and Douglasville police officer – Alonzo Merchant.

Vendors signed up to date include Tintswalo with hibachi, D’s Rolling Snack Shack with chicken wraps and Italian sausages, Tasty Miracle Food with Creole cuisine, and Chick-fil-A with its famous chicken sandwiches.

“Relax, bring a lawn chair and enjoy,” said Sgt. Shannon Dean, community outreach coordinator for the police department.

Vendor locations are $10 and require registration. For more information, contact Dean at 678-293-1621 or deans@douglasvillega.gov.

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Additional acts announced at Sidmouth Jazz Festival https://kmjazz.com/additional-acts-announced-at-sidmouth-jazz-festival/ Wed, 04 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/additional-acts-announced-at-sidmouth-jazz-festival/ Published: 06:00 4 May 2022 With four weeks to go until Sidmouth’s first International Jazz and Blues Festival, a few more performances have been announced. The festival will take place during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. Mica Paris – Credit: Assessed Featured names include Mica Paris, Ronnie Scott’s […]]]>

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With four weeks to go until Sidmouth’s first International Jazz and Blues Festival, a few more performances have been announced.

The festival will take place during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.


Mica Paris
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Featured names include Mica Paris, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Ian Siegal and Joe Stilgoe, all of whom will perform at ticketed concerts at Sidmouth Parish Church, with high quality staging, lighting and sound.


Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll will perform at Dissenters

Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll will perform at Dissenters
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Another paid concert has now been announced at the Dissenter; jazz singers and musicians Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll will perform there on Sunday June 5th. This will be the opportunity to see two of the best jazz performers in the UK in a small intimate room.

The Pete Allen Jazz Band will play at the Sidmouth Conservative Club on the same day at 4.30pm.

There will be free live music at venues downtown including Dukes, the Radway, the Swan, the Volunteer, the Marine, the Riviera Hotel, the Rincon Coffee House, the Fort Café and the Balfour Arms.


Indira Román & Ají Pa'Ti will perform in front of Kennaway House

Indira Román & Ají Pa’Ti will perform in front of Kennaway House
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There will also be free performances on the Kennaway House lawn each day of the festival from noon to 8 p.m., along with food stalls and a bar.


Ian Bowden, director of the Sidmouth Jazz Festival

Ian Bowden, director of the Sidmouth Jazz Festival
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Festival Director Ian Bowden said: “We are delighted to present four days of free live music at Kennaway House with so many wonderful local and regional musicians.


Joe Stilgoe will perform at Sidmouth Parish Church

Joe Stilgoe will perform at Sidmouth Parish Church
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“Our performance program offers a wide selection of musical styles, including jazz, swing, blues, roots, funk and Latin music.


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Guitarist Antonio Forcione will perform at Sidmouth Parish Church
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“Our free music events have been very kindly supported by local businesses to whom we are very grateful, and our deepest gratitude goes to Sidmouth City Council, Visit Sidmouth, the Community Lottery Fund and Kennaway House.

“We are also inviting the public to donate to the festival as this helps defray the considerable costs of staging this fabulous new event for Sidmouth and East Devon.

“We encourage music lovers, families and friends to head out to the outdoor stage to soak up the early June sunshine, bring your dancing shoes and support the return of live music.”

To view the full lineup and purchase tickets, visit the festival website www.sidmouthjazz.com

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Detroit Jazz Festival Announces First Acts for 2022 – The Oakland Press https://kmjazz.com/detroit-jazz-festival-announces-first-acts-for-2022-the-oakland-press/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 23:01:43 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/detroit-jazz-festival-announces-first-acts-for-2022-the-oakland-press/ The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the initial lineup for its 2022 edition, its first to be held in person since 2019. The festival will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. Artist-in-Residence Chucho Valdes will perform three times, including a presentation of his work “The Creation” […]]]>

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the initial lineup for its 2022 edition, its first to be held in person since 2019.

The festival will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. Artist-in-Residence Chucho Valdes will perform three times, including a presentation of his work “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra and others to open the event.

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“People are stunned when they come here for the Roots Festival – they love all the buzz of our city and county” https://kmjazz.com/people-are-stunned-when-they-come-here-for-the-roots-festival-they-love-all-the-buzz-of-our-city-and-county/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 16:31:21 +0000 https://kmjazz.com/people-are-stunned-when-they-come-here-for-the-roots-festival-they-love-all-the-buzz-of-our-city-and-county/ Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival has been running for 23 years. This year, indeed, should be its 25th anniversary, but they lost two years due to the pandemic.This week I had a great chat with John Cleere, the man behind the scenes at one of Ireland’s top Americana/Roots festivals. Festival director John and the City Vintners […]]]>

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival has been running for 23 years. This year, indeed, should be its 25th anniversary, but they lost two years due to the pandemic.
This week I had a great chat with John Cleere, the man behind the scenes at one of Ireland’s top Americana/Roots festivals. Festival director John and the City Vintners started the Kilkenny Roots Festival in 1998 and have never looked back.
John Cleere is from Green’s Bridge in Kilkenny, where his family ran the Nore Bar. His father’s family bought the Nore Bar in 1922 and John grew up in the house next door. He attended CSB school and after graduation took a job with Aer Lingus.
He always felt he was a square peg in a round hole and after 19 years he returned to Kilkenny. He took the plunge, quitting a pensionable job to set up Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, now run by Johnny Holden and Paul McCabe.
As well as being a traditional bar, Cleere’s Bar & Theater is an IMRO award-winning performance venue that hosts the best national and international music, theater and comedy shows.
Here’s a glimpse of John’s love for music…
John, how did the festival start?
At the time, I was very involved with Les Vignerons and we were looking for something to do to try and extend the tourist season, particularly in early May.

Eddie Langton, Mayor Andrew McGuinness and John Cleere at the launch of the Roots Festival 2022 PHOTO Vicky Comerford

At the time, Kilkenny was sort of a July and August tourist season. We needed something for the city to bridge between Easter and summer. We were looking for a few different ideas and I knew a guy who did a lot of gigs with me and Cleere’s Bar – Tom Stapleton.
Tom had huge experience with bands like the Waterboys and the Pogues. He had the knowledge so I asked Tom if he would book the groups because none of us really knew how and we had no international contacts. He started booking the first groups in 1998.
The first year was a bit hairy – we almost got through it, but the response was pretty good and our Diageo sponsors stuck with us. We gave him another year, and from the second year he took off.
Tom ran the festival from 1998 to 2005. In 2005 Tom said he wanted to step back, that he had done everything he wanted to do, and I took over in 2005.
What type of music are you looking for?
The music goes under the broad banner of Roots – Americana music, which is more folk and more rock. It’s a broad spectrum.
Is it music you can dance to, or music you can sit and drink a beer to?
Based on this year’s lineup, there are about three or four bands you could dance really hard to, and some you just want to sit down and listen to now. We put on the quietest acts usually during the day. There’s no point in doing a silent act late at night, it won’t work.
There is both a paid track and a free group track?
There are 12 acts on the ticket track and 26 on the free trial sponsored by Smithwick. The festival will begin on Friday evening. The first act is Wexford’s Remedy Club, which has built up a huge following. They will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Byrne’s.
The festival will continue until Monday evening when we will end at Kyteler’s Inn with Jesse Dayton from Texas. If you want to dance, this is the group to go to!
What is the appeal of Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival for bands?
Well, I guess like most festivals in Kilkenny, including ours, it’s well run, and people know it. It is a quality and well organized event. They can also be assured that they will be paid, which is very important.
Efforts were made to start festivals in different parts of the country and you will hear sob stories but people worked for days and got nothing but we are very proud to say everyone got paid right off the bat, whether under the free music trail or paid events.


We have a good reputation I think as Kilkenny Tradfest and that was a huge success in March. Tradfest gave us all a bit of confidence at the start of the year, it went so well, helping us all get going from there.
The Kilkenny location is also selling. People are stunned when they come here and love all the buzz of our city and county.
It must have been a difficult decision then to withdraw from the Cleere bar?
I’ll tell you, it’s a great deal, but it’s wearing you out.
I also had another opportunity to do something else with Diageo and went down to Cork for nine years with the Jazz Festival.
The late Willie Meighan of Rollercoaster Records was such an important figure in the music industry in Kilkenny and so important to the Festival.
Willie would have been my right hand for a few years.
We always remember him, and he is the first name that comes to everyone’s mind, especially people from overseas, UK and Germany. Rollercoaster is almost their first stop when they arrive in town.
You are very calm in preparing for this festival – does that come with years of experience?
As I say every year, something is going to happen! I remember about four years ago a girl from Canada was playing. One morning at 5am she phoned me to say her driver had not arrived to take her back to Dublin airport.
I thought, where can I find someone to drive in Dublin at five in the morning? So I quietly slipped through the door, drove to the airport and returned just before 9am to do another 15 hour day!
People tell me I’m very calm, but really on the weekends you’re just waiting for that call to say there’s a problem. Otherwise we have a very good team – the technical team and Rory Broderick’s team are really good at sorting things out.
You’ve also discovered some amazing bands over the years, some of which have won Grammys.
A lot of the bands that come to the festival, people might never have heard of it, but I think people trust us that the bands wouldn’t be playing if they weren’t good.
When we launched two weeks ago, I listed the number of people who have won Grammys and several Grammys who were in Kilkenny first. Like Jason Isbell, who won four Grammys. His wife Amanda Shires, who also performed in Kilkenny, won a Grammy. Sturgill Simpson has won four Grammys. Patty Griffin has won two Grammys and many more.
It’s always nice to see that your choice worked out in the long run.
You’re like the Kilkenny version of Dave Fanning. Where does your love of music come from?
It was just organic. Ever since I was a child, I had no idea what I liked. I remember back in the 70s my collection of albums in my studio in Drumcondra and one day we were robbed.
They must have thought what the hell it was because they only took two records out of the huge pile that was on the floor – my Rory Gallagher and Rod Stewart albums and left everything else, the rest was probably too obscure!
Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival runs from April 29 to May 2. To learn more, see www.kilkennyroots.com

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