UP & COMING WINTER JAZZ FESTIVALS
Panama Jazz Festival – Jan 16-18
The Panama Jazz Festival, one of Central America’s most successful jazz programs, launched the celebration of its 10th anniversary with the announcement of a stellar line-up of jazz greats from around the world. At a press conference held at Hotel El Panama Hotel, the host hotel for the 2013 event, Danilo Perez, founder and artistic director, revealed the names of some of the headliners including:
Herbie Hancock, renowned jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
Wayne Shorter Quartet, including Shorter on saxophone, John Patitucci on the bass, Brian Blade on the drums and Danilo Perez on the piano
Bill Frisell, prominent jazz guitarist and Susana Baca, former Minister of Culture for Peru. According to Perez: “The Panama Jazz Festival is committed to making a major contribution to the cultural, social, touristic, academic and economic development of this country. When we started in 2003, many thought it was ‘crazy’ and we worried if we could produce a second edition. Today, with over 150,000 attendees and the distribution of $2 Million in scholarships, we proudly celebrate a full decade of major accomplishments.”
Through a strategic collaboration of private enterprise, social organizations and jazz audiences, Panama becomes the jazz capital of Latin America for one week from January 14-19, 2013. During this time, a Pathway to Jazz is created throughout the City of Panama, featuring various locations selected to highlight educational activities, concerts and jam sessions.
The Pathway begins at the Hotel El Panama, host hotel and home of Jazz Club of the Panama Jazz Festival. Educational events will take place at the City of Knowledge, with evening concerts at the Ateneo and an open-air concert on January 19th. The Pathway concludes at the Atlapa Convention Center for nighttime concerts on January 16, 17 and 18.
Read more: http://PanamaJazzFestival.com
Portland Jazz Fest – Feb 15-24
2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival
Presented By Alaska Airlines: February 15-24, 2013
10th Anniversary Event Celebrates Enduring Jazz Legacy
Featuring Universally Acclaimed Artists and Portland Favorites
Afro Cuban All-Stars, ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington,
Esperanza Spalding; Jack DeJohnette; Kenny Garrett;
“The Jazz Message” Celebrating Art Blakey; Barry Harris, Sexmob;
Nancy King; Gerald Wilson; Steve Kuhn; Patricia Barber, Among Others
The 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival presented by Alaska Airlines will be held Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24 at venues throughout Portland, OR. The 10th anniversary celebration will include a heady mix of world and west coast premieres and For Portland Only performances with a series of concerts featuring an imposing array of internationally recognized and local musicians playing a wide-range of jazz styles. Education and outreach, as always, amplify the festival’s recognition of Black History Month through a series of community-wide initiatives.
This year’s headliners are NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette in a For Portland Only special quartet configuration featuring Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison and George Colligan; The Jazz Message Celebrating Art Blakey in a world premiere featuring Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Buster Williams and Lewis Nash; The west coast premiere of ACS featuring Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding; Afro Cuban All-Stars and Alfredo Rodríguez; Steve Kuhn Trio featuring special guest Devin Phillips; Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet; Kenny Garrett Quartet; Patricia Barber Quartet; Sexmob Plays Fellini; Portland Jazz Master Nancy King with Steve Christofferson and Glen Moore; Barry Harris Trio; Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts; Gerald Wilson leading two Portland ensembles; Scott Hamilton Quartet; Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band In Tribute to Stan Kenton featuring Rebecca Kilgore; The Blue Cranes; and more.
Cape Town International Jazz Fest – April 5-6 2013
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown into a hugely successful international event since its inception in the year 2000. Attendance figures have increased from the initial 14k to 34k in the last 13 years.
Melody trip has ranked this proudly South African event as No.4 in the world, outshining events such as Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
The festival’s winning formula of bringing more than 40 International and Local artists to perform over two days on five stages has earned it the status of being the most prestigious event on the African continent.
Known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, the festival which will be in its fourteen year when it takes place on Friday 5 April and Saturday 6 April 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Center. Once again Cape Town International Jazz festival will thrill loyal and new fans with world class music.
Cape Town International Jazz Festival set for April 5 – 6, 2013.
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