[members-announce] Boston Symphony Orchestra Presents 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival September 1-3, 2006 Lenox, Massachusetts

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Kathleen Drohan
Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office 413-637-5286
kdrohan at bso.org

Boston Symphony Orchestra Presents 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival 
September 1-3,
2006 Lenox, Massachusetts

Featured Performers include Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, 
Dave
Brubeck, Ann Hampton Callaway, Irma Thomas, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star 
Big Band,
The Big Three Palladium Orchestra, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Marian
McPartland

The John Stetch Trio, Rachael Price, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, the 
Warren Wolf
Quartet, Syncopation

Dave Brubeck and Dr. John Performances Exclusive to Tanglewood

Tanglewood Jazz Festival is sponsored by JazzTimes Magazine and Borders 
Books

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Labor Day Weekend
Tanglewood Jazz Festival September 1-3 at the Orchestra’s summer home 
in the
Berkshire Mountains in Lenox, Massachusetts. Jazz greats highlighting 
this
year’s festival include Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Dave 
Brubeck,
Ann Hampton Callaway, Irma Thomas, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big 
Band, The
Big Three Palladium Orchestra, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Marian
McPartland.

In its second year, the popular Jazz Cafe is an informal venue for new 
artists
who perform before each concert. Rising stars appearing this year 
include the
John Stetch Trio, Rachael Price, the Warren Wolf Quartet, Taylor Eigsti 
and
Julian Lage, and Syncopation. Food and beverages will be available in 
both the
Hawthorne Tent and the Party Tent and admission is free to the Jazz 
Cafe shows.

Opening the festival Friday, September 1, at 8 pm at Ozawa Hall will be 
two
leading Latin orchestras in the supreme “battle of the Latin big bands” 
starting
with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernandez. Hernandez, in 
addition
to being pianist, arranger and musical director for the globally 
renowned Ruben
Blades, has enjoyed a prolific musical career recording and performing 
with such
world famous artists as Latin music king, Tito Puente, Queen of Salsa 
Music,
Celia Cruze, Latin pop star, Julio Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra, Ray 
Barretto,
Dave Valentin, Johnny Pacheco, Ismail Miranda and dozens of others. 
Hernandez
was also the Musical Director for Paul Simon’s Broadway show, “The 
Capeman,”
working closely with Simon in the studio constructing the musical arc 
of the
controversial show. The thirteen-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra, 
including three
vocalists, recently released their CD, “Across 110th Street” on Libertad
Records.

The red hot Latin big band music of Machito and Tito Rodriguez is 
faithfully
recreated by the maestros’ sons, Machito, Jr. and Tito Rodriguez, Jr. 
and The
Big Three Palladium Orchestra. Americans have always loved the mambo 
and in the
1950’s the best place to hear this electrifying music was at the 
Palladium
Ballroom in New York City. Huge crowds came to see the now legendary 
musical
battles that took place between the giants of the Latin music 
world--Machito,
Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente, otherwise known as “the big three.”

The new Big Three Palladium Orchestra--more than 20 musicians and two
vocalists--debuted at the Verizon Festival in New York in 2001 and 
immediately
received high praise from reviewers and audiences. The Chicago Tribune 
said,
“The Big Three Palladium Orchestra may rank as the most brilliant large 
Latin
jazz ensemble this side of Havana.” Their CD, “Live at the Blue Note, 
NYC,” was
released in 2004 on Rumba Jams Records.

Prior to the Friday night headline show, the John Stetch Trio will 
perform in
the Jazz Cafe at 6:30 pm. John Stetch has performed in some of the 
world’s most
prestigious venues including the Monterey, Montreal and Paris JVC jazz
festivals. In recognition of his enormous talent, the Canadian 
government has
awarded Stetch with numerous grants for touring, development and 
composition.
Although he still loves to perform solo, after three highly acclaimed 
CD’s,
Stetch’s current focus and priority is the trio. One of today’s most 
riveting
jazz pianists and composers, he is consistently praised for his 
inventiveness,
exquisite sound and technical brilliance. Noted jazz critic, Neil 
Tesser, calls
Stetch’s new CD, “Bruxin,” “a vibrant album showcasing a well-oiled 
machine of a
trio.”

Saturday’s lineup will kickoff at 3 pm at Ozawa Hall with a live taping 
of NPR’s
“Piano Jazz” with host Marian McPartland in her fifth anniversary at 
Tanglewood.
Her guest for this year’s taping is vocalist and composer, Elvis 
Costello. Ms.
McPartland has interviewed over 500 musicians and performers including 
Norah
Jones (recorded live at Tanglewood), Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy 
Gillespie,
Rosemary Clooney, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Ray 
Charles, Carmen
McRae and even William F. Buckley. Her easy, comfortable style, charm 
and quick
wit engage her guests in fascinating and sometimes revealing 
conversations while
seated at the piano.

Elvis Costello is best known for his performances with The Attractions, 
The
Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist, Steve Nieve, and 
acclaimed
collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul 
McCartney, Anne
Sofie von Otter, Bill Frisell, The Charles Mingus Orchestra and T Bone 
Burnett.
Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists 
reflecting his
interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, 
Johnny
Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon 
Burke,
June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group, The Fairfield Four, 
and the
viol consort, Fretwork, with the counter tenor, Michael Chance. In 2003 
he began
a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer, 
Diana
Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album, 
“The Girl
in the Other Room.” Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted 
into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded 
ASCAP’s
prestigious Founder’s Award. He received a Grammy for “I Still Have 
That Other
Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, “Painted From 
Memory.”
Costello’s newest recording “The River in Reverse” with New Orleans 
musician and
composer, Allen Toussaint, was released in June on Verve Records.

Prior to the taping of “Piano Jazz,” pianist Taylor Eigsti and 
guitarist, Julian
Lage, will perform in the Jazz Cafe at 1 pm. California natives, Taylor 
Eigsti
and Julian Lage have already performed at some of the most prestigious 
jazz
festivals in the world at the ages of 21 and 18, respectively. While 
making his
Tanglewood debut with Marian McPartland in 2004, Taylor has since 
performed with
Julian at the Newport Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival 
and the
Berks County Jazz Festival as well as delivering a memorable 
performance in
October, 2005, at Symphony Hall in Boston. They have also toured 
extensively in
Brazil. Taylor and Julian are longtime friends and Julian’s voice on 
guitar is
an integral part of the pianist’s first CD release on a major label 
(Concord
Records), which is entitled, “Lucky To Be Me.” This will mark their 
Tanglewood
debut as a duo.

Headlining the festival on Saturday, September 2 at the 5,100 seat 
Koussevitsky
Music Shed will be Wynton Marsalis at 8 pm followed by Dr. John and 
Special
Friends. Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most famous jazz 
musician of
his time and one of he world’s top classical trumpeters, big band 
leaders,
composers and devoted advocate for the arts. As Artistic Director of 
Jazz at
Lincoln Center, Marsalis was instrumental in the creation of Dizzy’s 
Club Coca
Cola, New York’s most prestigious jazz club in Columbus Circle. A 
member of the
highly talented Marsalis family in New Orleans, Wynton, his father, 
Ellis, and
brothers Branford, Jason, and Delfeayo are known as “the first family 
of jazz.”
At age 17, Wynton became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to
Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Despite his youth, he was awarded 
the
school’s prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass 
student. Wynton
Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards and the distinction of being the 
only artist
ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records and the 
only
artist ever to have won Grammys in five consecutive years. His latest 
CD, “Live
at the House of Tribes,” was released on Blue Note Records in August, 
2005.

Following Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John and Special Friends will take the 
stage in
an exclusive Tanglewood concert. Vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Irma 
Thomas and
John Pizzarelli will join Dr. John in a tribute to composer Johnny 
Mercer. A
very special horn section for this show will include Jeremy Pelt on 
trumpet,
Howard Johnson on baritone saxophone, and Craig Handy on tenor 
saxophone. Dr.
John, or Mac Rebennack as known to family and friends, is the 
embodiment of the
rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His colorful musical 
career
began in the 1950’s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the 
greatest
records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by 
Professor
Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. In the 1960’s he 
headed west
where he continued to be in demand as a session musician playing on 
recordings
by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and many others. It 
was then
that he launched his solo career as Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned 
with
voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 
album,
“Gris-gris,” which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, 
funk,
rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Dr. John’s most 
recent CD,
“Mercenary: The Songs of Johnny Mercer,” was released in May on Blue 
Note
Records.

Ann Hampton Callaway is a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, 
arranger, actress
and educator. Her talents have made her equally at home in jazz and pop 
as well
as on stage, in the recording studio, on tv and in film. She is best 
known for
starring in the hit Broadway musical, “Swing!” and for writing and 
singing the
theme to the internationally successful tv series, “The Nanny.” Ann is 
a devoted
keeper-of-the-flame of the great American songbook and is the only 
composer
recognized by the Cole Porter Estate to have collaborated with Cole 
Porter
having set her music to his posthumously discovered lyric, “I Gaze in 
Your
Eyes.” Ms. Callaway has appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, 
the Charlie
Rose Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Rosie O’Donnell Show and ABC 
News. She
starred in “Midnight Swing” for the PBS television special, “Live From 
Lincoln
Center,” and was featured in a PBS special with Keith Lockhart and the 
Boston
Pops. She has done extensive broadcasting for Serius Satellite Radio as 
a
performer, DJ and interviewer. Ms. Callaway’s honors include receiving 
a Tony
Award nomination for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” for her work 
in
“Swing!” and winning the Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway 
Debut.”
She has received an unsurpassed 14 awards from the Manhattan 
Association of
Cabarets and Clubs, two Backstage Bistro Awards, the 2005 Nightlife 
Award, the
Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and the Norman Vincent Peale Award for 
Positive
Thinking.

Irma Thomas is the unrivaled “Soul Queen of New Orleans” and ranks 
among the
Crescent City’s greatest and most enduring musical ambassadors. A 
Louisiana
native, Ms. Thomas’s career began in her teens as a singing waitress at 
New
Orleans’ Pimlico Club. When the club’s owner dismissed her for spending 
more
time singing than waiting tables, bandleader Tommy Ridgley agreed to 
help her
land a recording deal. Ronn Records issued her single, “You Can Have My 
Husband
(But Don’t Mess With My Man),” in the spring of 1960 and the record 
quickly
reached number 22 on the Billboard R & B Chart. Ms. Thomas’s 
collaboration with
songwriter and producer, Allen Toussaint, began with her first Minit 
Records
release, “Girl Needs Boy,” and continued throughout her tenure with the 
label.
Numerous singles throughout the 1960’s were highly acclaimed but were 
never huge
national hit songs except for “Wish Someone Would Care” which vaulted 
into
Billboard’s Top 20. Subsequent recording contracts over the years with 
Chess,
Canyon and Roker kept Thomas in the studios but failed to place her on 
the
charts again. In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Camille, she
relocated her family to Los Angeles and supported her children by 
working at
retailer Montgomery Ward. Thomas returned to New Orleans in 1976 and, 
with
husband/manager Emile Jackson, she opened the Lion’s Den, a New Orleans 
club
where she regularly headlined. She also toured Europe where her records 
still
merited regular airplay and in 1985 she was approached by Rounder 
Records to
make a comeback record. By 1991 Thomas had received her first Grammy 
nomination.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Fox News began circulating the story that 
Irma
Thomas, along with other New Orleans music notables such as Fats 
Domino, had
gone missing in the ensuing flood. The story spread through the media 
and the
phones at Rounder Records began to ring as concerned fans, friends and 
musical
associates called to ask about her safety. As it turned out, the news 
report was
false. She’d been performing in Austin, Texas, and hadn’t even been in 
New
Orleans when the storm hit. What was clear was that the press was 
acknowledging
Thomas as a treasured cultural icon who embodies the very soul of New 
Orleans.

Jazz guitarist and vocalist, John Pizzarelli, is known for his urbane
interpretations of the Great American Songbook. His light swinging 
style has
been compared to guitarists Les Paul and Django Reinhardt. Son of 
guitarist,
Bucky Pizzarelli, John began performing with his father at age 20 and 
made his
recorded debut with his 1983 release, “I’m Hip--Please Don’t Tell My 
Father.”
Subsequent recordings included “P.S. Mr. Cole “ (a tribute to Nat King 
Cole),
“Kisses in the Rain, “ and “Let There Be Love.” He has recorded an 
album with
George Shearing and celebrated ten years of performing with his trio by
releasing the concert album, “Live at Birdland,” in 2003 and “Bossa 
Nova” in
2004. Pizzarelli is probably best known to millions of Americans for 
his theme
song for Foxwoods Casino, “The Wonder of It All.....” His latest CD, 
“Dear Mr.
Sinatra” is on Telarc Records. (NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, 
vocalist
Steve Tyrell will not be available to perform with Dr. John as 
previously
announced.)

Prior to Wynton Marsalis and Dr. John on Saturday, Syncopation will 
perform at 6
pm in the Jazz Cafe. Called “the Manhattan Transfer of the 21st 
Century” by the
Boston Globe, Syncopation is a vocal jazz quartet that was formed in 
2002 at Berklee College
of Music and mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. 
Syncopation
performs catchy swing, Latin and pop tunes along with a capella jazz and
improvisation pieces.  Syncopation has performed across the US for 
festivals
such as the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, 
the
Meihon Jazz Festival and at the IAJE Conference in New York. The group
frequently tours Japan holding clinics and singing for sold-out 
audiences.
Syncopation’s latest CD, “Of Blue,” is on Geneon Entertainment Records 
and
features Satoru “Salt” Shonoya, Japan’s hottest jazz pianist.

On Sunday, September 3, at 2 pm, the legendary Dizzy Gillespie All-Star 
Big
Band, under the direction of Slide Hampton, will open the festival at 
Ozawa
Hall. Master saxophonist Jimmy Heath, drummer extraordinaire Dennis 
Mackrel, and
trumpeter Roy Hargrove are just some of the “all-stars” represented in 
what has
been called Dizzy Gillespie’s “dream band.” Other personnel in the band 
are
Claudio Roditti, Diego Urcola and John Lee on trumpet, Frank Wess on 
flute and
tenor saxophone, Antonio Hart on alto saxophone, Gary Smulyan on 
baritone sax,
Andres Boiarsky on tenor saxophone and Steve Davis and Douglas 
Purviance on
trombone. Joining these masterful musicians will be Italian jazz 
vocalist,
Roberta Gambarini. Ms. Gambarini has worked with Hank Jones, James 
Moody,
Michael Brecker, Mark O’Connor and many other jazz greats. Her latest 
CD, “Easy
to Love” was released in June on Groovin High Records. Prior to the 
Dizzy
Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Warren Wolf Quartet will perform at 12 
noon in
the Jazz Cafe. Warren Wolf began playing drums at the age of three, 
took up the
vibraphone and toured with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when he was 
nine,
wrote his first composition at age ten and was performing 
professionally by the
time he was 12. Yet he readily admits that when he arrived at Berklee 
at age 17
he still had a lot to learn. During his student years, Wolf developed 
confidence
as a player and band leader when he landed a date at Boston’s landmark 
jazz
club, Wally’s Cafe. “When I started playing Wally’s here were tons of 
musicians
there,” says Wolf. “It was like New York--a lot of musicians in the 
corner with
their horns out ready to play and I just kept meeting people through 
the years.”
Wolf has performed with jazz greats Roy Haynes, Lewis Nash and Milt 
Jackson and
through such opportunities is developing a sense of what it takes to be 
a
master.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, September 3, at 8 pm, will be the 
Dave
Brubeck Quartet and a rare U.S. appearance of Mr. Brubeck’s Chamber 
Program with
a 22 piece string symphonette. This program is performed in Europe when 
the
group is on tour, but is not often seen in the United States. They were 
asked to
perform this material in June at Carnegie Hall and declined in favor of 
an
exclusive performance at Tanglewood Jazz Festival. The program is 
presented as a
true concerto grosso and features Brubeck compositions, “Blue Rondo a 
la Turk,”
“Take Five,” and “Brandenburg Gate Revisited.”

Prior to the Dave Brubeck Quartet, vocalist Rachael Price and the 
Warren Wolf
Quartet will perform at 6 pm in the Jazz Cafe. Vocalist Rachael Price’s 
rise to
fame began in 2003 as a semifinalist at the Montreaux International 
Jazz Vocal
Competition in France and came to the attention of multi Grammy 
nominated jazz
vocalist, Nnenna Freelon. In 2004, Price wowed the audience at the 
Thelonious
Monk International Jazz Competition and by August, 2005, opened for 
saxophonist,
Joshua Redman. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the 19-year old vocalist 
grew up
listening to jazz and is currently a jazz studies major at the New 
England
Conservatory of Music. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Newport 
Jazz
Festival and with T. S. Monk, Jr. at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. She 
received
a standing ovation when she performed at the Society of Singer’s Gala 
to honor
Elton John along with kd lang, Michael McDonald, Joss Stone, LeeAnn 
Rimes, Barry
Manilow and others.

Tickets for the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival are available by calling
SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org. and in 
person at
the Tanglewood Box Office in Lenox. All ticket prices include a $1 
Tanglewood
Grounds Maintenance Fee. For further information, please call the Boston
Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492. The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is 
sponsored by
JazzTimes Magazine and Borders Books.

2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Ticket Prices

Friday, September 1, 8 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall The Spanish Harlem 
Orchestra The
Big Three Palladium Orchestra $45, $37, $30, lawn tickets $17

Saturday, September 2, 3 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall Marian McPartland Live 
taping
for NPR’s “Piano Jazz” with special guest Elvis Costello $45, $37, $30, 
lawn
tickets $17

Saturday, September 2, 8 p.m., Koussevitzky Music Shed Wynton Marsalis 
Dr. John
and Special Friends with John Pizzarelli, Irma Thomas and Ann Hampton 
Callaway
$75, $60, $40, lawn tickets $22

Sunday, September 3, 2 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall Dizzy Gillespie All-Star 
Big Band
$45, $37, $30, lawn tickets $17

Sunday, September 3, 8 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall Dave Brubeck Quartet & 
Symphonette
$67, $56, $43, lawn tickets $20

2006 Tanglewood Jazz Cafe Schedule

Friday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. John Stetch Trio

Saturday, September 2, 1:00 p.m. Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage

Saturday, September 2, 6:00 p.m. Syncopation

Sunday, September 3, 12:00 noon Warren Wolf Quartet

Sunday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. Rachael Price

For additional information, bios and photos on the performing artists, 
please
review the electronic press kit at 
www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org/presskit or
www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.com/presskit or to request a first-class 
mailing
contact:

Dawn Singh Dawn Singh Publicity 617-395-7743 (office) 857-544-0739 
(cell)
dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com

Kathleen Drohan Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office 413-637-5286
kdrohan at bso.org




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