[members-announce] **CARAMOOR JAZZ FESTIVAL** ~ JULY 28 and AUGUST 4

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Tue Jun 26 10:45:33 EDT 2007


For Immediate Release

Contact: Leah Grammatica / LGPR 

212.243.6052, leahgram at aol.com

Katie Barna / Cohn Dutcher Associates 

917.339.7189, kbarna at cohndutcher.com






Performers to include Latin Jazz Legend

Eddie Palmieri’s Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet, 

David Sánchez Quartet, Steve Turre Quintet,

Joe Lovano/Paquito D’Rivera Festival Ensemble


Plus   Brad Mehldau Trio, Fred Hersch, Geri Allen Trio, 

Arturo O’Farrill Trio, Weber Iago & Jovino Santos Neto, 

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir with special guest Joe Lovano 

All-Day Concerts on July 28 and August 4


Katonah, New York — As summer brings the sound of jazz to festivals around
the world, the 2007 Caramoor International Music Festival, which The New
York Times called “
 the loveliest Festival of them all,” will present two
days of jazz on two consecutive Saturdays, July 28 and August 4, for
Caramoor’s fourteenth annual Jazz Festival.  Joe Lovano, Caramoor’s Artistic
Director of Jazz, and Jim Luce, Caramoor’s Jazz Festival Producer, have
programmed the all-day Jazz Festivals this year with an emphasis on Latin
Jazz as part of Caramoor’s Latin-American Music Initiative, Sonidos Latinos.
The two days will continue Caramoor’s tradition of presenting world-class
jazz artists in a variety of ensemble settings.


Caramoor’s jazz concerts are held in the acoustically superb Venetian
Theater with hourly sets beginning at 3:00 p.m. The music breaks at 6:30
p.m., when jazz fans can enjoy a picnic on the beautiful Caramoor grounds.
Just for jazz, Caramoor’s new exclusive caterer, Great Performances®, will
be on hand to grill chicken, burgers, ribs and hot dogs. The music continues
with sets at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Both all-day programs are designed to allow
visitors to come and go throughout the day and evening. Tickets for each
all-day Jazz Festival are priced at $35.00 and $50.00. Tickets may be
ordered by calling the Caramoor Box Office at 914-232-1252 or online at
<http://www.caramoor.org/> caramoor.org.


“It’s a thrill for me to be Artistic Director and participate musically in
one of the world’s most creative jazz festivals today. The music is as fresh
as the flowering gardens around us.  Come celebrate all the blessings of
life with jazz at Caramoor,” said Joe Lovano. 


“Thanks to Joe Lovano and Jim Luce, Caramoor’s Jazz Festival has become
astonishingly varied and diverse,” said Michael Barrett, Caramoor’s General
Director. “The Caramoor Jazz Festival all-day ticket is one of the most
outstanding values in jazz.”


The David Sánchez Quartet, led by the brilliant Puerto Rican tenor
saxophonist David Sánchez, who won a Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best
Instrumental Album of 2005, launches the festival on July 28 at 3:00 p.m.
The day’s events, entitled “The Latin Pulse – Sonidos Latinos V,” continue
with a performance at 4:00 p.m. by the Geri Allen Trio, led by musically
daring pianist/composer Geri Allen. The Steve Turre Quintet, featuring the
highly innovative Steve Turre on trombone and conch shells, will perform at
5:00, followed by a dinner break. At 8:00 p.m., two world-renowned Brazilian
pianists, Weber Iago and Jovino Santos Neto, square off in a Piano Summit.
And at 9:00 p.m. legendary, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning
pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri, who changed the sound of Latin music,
brings the first festival to an exciting conclusion with the Eddie Palmieri
Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet.


The second day-long Jazz festival, “Great Musical Minds,” begins with a 3:00
set by Arturo O’Farrill Trio led by GRAMMY®-nominated pianist and composer
Arturo O’Farrill, a champion in the preservation of Latin and Afro-Cuban
jazz.  At 4:00, one of the most creative musicians in jazz, Fred Hersch,
nominated for a 2006 GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental Composition, will
perform a solo piano set.  The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, with special
guest Joe Lovano, plays a 5:00 set featuring master tenor saxophonist Odean
Pope, who was a member of the Max Roach Quartet for over a quarter of a
century and performed with such jazz luminaries as Elvin Jones, Miles Davis,
and McCoy Tyner. After a dinner break, the music resumes with an 8:00 p.m.
set by the Brad Mehldau Trio, featuring one of today’s most adventurous
pianists, Brad Mehldau, who seamlessly integrates jazz, rock, and classical
music into his highly inventive improvisations. And at 9:00 p.m. the
festival ends with Caramoor Jazz Festival Artistic Director Joe Lovano and
Composer-in-Residence Paquito D’Rivera leading the Joe Lovano/Paquito
D’Rivera Festival Ensemble for a spectacular meeting of musical minds.


Joe Lovano’s reputation as one of today’s great tenor saxophonists stems
from his search for new modes of artistic expression and new takes on what
defines the jazz idiom. His numerous awards include a 2006 GRAMMY®
nomination for Best Large Ensemble for Streams of Expression; Down Beat
Critics and Readers polls Tenor Saxophonist of the Year in 2004 and 2005;
The New York Times 2004 Jazz Album of the Year for his ballads recording I’m
All For You, featuring legendary pianist Hank Jones; a 2000 GRAMMY® Award
for Best Large Ensemble for 52nd Street Themes; and a 2001 appointment as
the first Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance at his alma mater, Berklee
College of Music. Lovano has long experimented with varying ensembles and
formats, including playing unaccompanied saxophone and gongs, in duets,
trios, quartets, quintets, his Wind Ensemble, Street Band and Nonet.  In May
2007, Blue Note will release Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, a duo CD
featuring national treasure Hank Jones – their third album together -- and
one of the most beautiful recordings of Lovano’s career.


David Sánchez, hailed as the most profound young tenor saxophonist working
today, pushes the frontiers of mainstream jazz with Latin and Afro-Caribbean
influences. Puerto Rican-born Sánchez won a music scholarship at Rutgers
University in 1988 and quickly joined New York’s jazz scene, gigging with
piano giant Eddie Palmieri and trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and joining Dizzy
Gillespie’s “Live the Future” tour with Miriam Makeba in 1991. He garnered
his first GRAMMY nomination with the Branford Marsalis-produced Obsesión,
followed by the GRAMMY-nominated Melaza. A prolific composer, Sánchez was
named a 2005 grant recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious “New
Works: Creation and Presentation” program. He has been a visiting professor
at conservatories and universities around the world and was
artist-in-residence at Georgia State University in 2005-6. His most recent
recording for Columbia, Coral, recorded in Prague with the Prague
Philharmonic Orchestra, earned the saxophonist’s fourth GRAMMY nomination
and won a 2005 Latin GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Album. 


Geri Allen grew up in Detroit and earned a degree in jazz studies from
Howard University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Moving to New York City, she performed with Betty Carter, Oliver Lake, Mal
Waldron, and Charles Lloyd. Allen’s first major label release was 1992’s The
Nurturer (Blue Note). In 1995, she was the first recipient of Soul Train’s
Lady of Soul Award for Jazz Album of the Year for Twenty-One, featuring Tony
Williams and Ron Carter. In 1996 she was the first woman to win the coveted
Danish Jazzpar prize. That same year, she participated in Ornette Coleman’s
Sound Museum projects and also played the role of Mary Lou Williams in
Robert Altman’s film “Kansas City.”  In 1998 she released the large group
recording The Gathering (Verve). Her most recent CD, The Life of a Song
(Telarc), features eight original compositions propelled by veterans Dave
Holland and Jack DeJohnette.


Steve Turre, one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, has consistently
won both Readers and Critics polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for
Best Trombone and Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Born to
Mexican-American parents, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and while
attending Sacramento State University joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa
band. In 1972 Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre’s
mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Turre has
worked with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop
worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie
Hancock, Tito Puente, Van Morrison, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who introduced
him to the seashell as an instrument. A member of the Saturday Night Live
Band since 1984, Turre leads and records with several different ensembles,
including Sanctified Shells and Sextet with Strings.


Weber Iago, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won many prestigious piano and
organ competitions throughout his teenage years. While attending the Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro, he developed his compositional skills writing
for the University’s ensembles. A soloist for the university’s 1984
symphonic season, he performed Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. After
graduating in 1985, Iago was invited to join the famous Tabajara Orchestra,
and gained recognition as a consummate classical pianist touring throughout
Brazil. In 1987, he immigrated to the US and began opening for such artists
as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, and Terrence Blanchard, and
recording with James Newton, Moacir Santos, and the great Brazilian
guitarist Romero Lubambo, as well as leading his own group Zen Blend. Iago
has spent recent years recording and performing his compositions around the

Jovino Santos Neto, Rio de Janeiro-born pianist, flutist, and composer, was
a member of Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary band from 1977 to 1992 and built a
reputation as a creative musician, producer and arranger working with such
artists as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Mike Marshall. Relocating to the
US in 1993 after performing on Sergio Mendes's GRAMMY® Award-winning world
music album Brasileiro, Santos Neto released a debut solo album, Caboclo, in
1997, followed by Live in Olympia in 2000 and Canto do Rio in 2003, which
was commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works program and was
nominated for a 2004 Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His
latest CD, Roda Carioca, was released in 2006 on Adventure Music and earned
his second Latin GRAMMY nomination. Santos Neto received the Golden Ear
Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.


Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem-born leader of salsa and Latin jazz
orchestras and one of the foremost Latin pianists of all time,
revolutionized the sound of Latin music. Palmieri’s discography includes
more than 32 titles, and he’s received nine GRAMMY® Awards, including the
first presentation in the Best Latin Album category for his 1975 release The
Sun of Latin Music, and the following year for Unfinished Masterpiece.  Palo
Pa' Rumba won in 1984, Solito in 1985, and La Verdad in 1987. He received
both a GRAMMY Award and a Latin GRAMMY for his 2000 release Obra
Maestra/Masterpiece with Tito Puente. His 2005 recording Listen Here!
(Concord Records) won the GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album, and he recently
won the honor again for his 2006 collaboration with Brian Lynch, Simpatico.
In 1988, the Smithsonian recorded two of Palmieri's performances for the
National Museum of American History. At the 1998 Heineken Jazz Festival in
San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was honored for his contributions as a
bandleader, he received an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee
College of Music. 


Arturo O’Farrill, son of legendary bandleader Chico O’Farrill, was born in
Mexico and grew up in New York City. Educated at the Manhattan School of
Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music
at Queens College, O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from
1979 through 1983 and later performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie,
Steve Turre, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, and Harry Belafonte. In
1995 he became music director of Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz
Orchestra, which has been in residence at Birdland for ten years. He has
recorded five albums as a leader and appeared on numerous recordings,
including his father’s GRAMMY-nominated Heart of a Legend and Carambola, and
the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film “Calle 54.” O’Farrill was a
guest soloist at three landmark Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts. In 2002 he
created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut
album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY nomination
in 2006. 


Fred Hersch, pianist and composer, has reinvented the standard jazz
repertoire with his fresh ideas and extraordinary technique, while creating
his own unique body of works. Described by The New Yorker as “a poet of a
pianist,” his many accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial
Fellowship for composition, a Rockefeller Fellowship for a composition
residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy, two GRAMMY® nominations for Best
Jazz Instrumental Performance and a 2006 GRAMMY® nomination for Best
Instrumental Composition. He has recorded more than two dozen albums as a
solo artist or bandleader and appears on over one hundred recording projects
as a duo collaborator, sideman or featured soloist and has appeared as a
soloist with orchestras across the U.S. and Europe. He created Leaves of
Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry for
two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet,
presented at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in a sold-out performance in March
2005 as part of a six-city US tour. 


Odean Pope, an accomplished composer, arranger, and educator, has been one
of most exciting tenor players in jazz for over four decades (and the master
of circular breathing). Born in South Carolina, Pope began his professional
career at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater, backing up such R&B legends as
Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and the
Temptations, and developing his trademark robust sound. His jazz break came
as a teenager when John Coltrane asked him to sub for him in the Jimmy Smith
Trio. A virtuoso musician who was featured soloist with the Philadelphia
Orchestra on Duke Ellington’s The Three Black Kings, Odean was a member of
the Max Roach Quartet for over a quarter-century. Odean’s own musical vision
is most fully expressed via his Saxophone Choir (nine saxophones + rhythm
section), captured beautifully on his Half-Note CD Locked and Loaded,
featuring guest artists Michael Brecker, James Carter, and Joe Lovano. The
June 2006 issue of JazzTimes devoted eight pages to Odean and the Choir.


Brad Mehldau, one of the most adventurous jazz pianists on the scene, has
recorded and performed extensively since the early ‘90s, primarily with his
trio featuring bassists Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy. Between
1996 and 2000, they released several CDs on Warner Brothers, including five
entitled The Art of the Trio. In 2005, drummer Jeff Ballard joined the trio.
Mehldau has collaborated with innovative film composer Jon Brion, classical
soprano Renée Flemming, and most recently with guitarist Pat Metheny on the
acclaimed Metheny Mehldau (Nonesuch 2006). Mehldau has recorded with Wayne
Shorter, John Scolfield and Charles Lloyd, and played on recordings outside
the jazz idiom, notably Willie Nelson’s Teatro. In March 2007 Mehldau will
debut “The Brady Bunch Variations for piano and orchestra” at Theatre du
Chatelet in Paris with Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France.


Paquito D’Rivera, a child prodigy in his native Cuba, played both clarinet
and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He created various
musical ensembles as a teenager, including the Orquesta Cubana de Musica
Moderna, and was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical
ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and
traditional Cuban music, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and
Europe and won a GRAMMY® Award in 1979, the first of nine for D’Rivera, who
received his first GRAMMY as a solo artist in 1996 for the highly acclaimed
Portraits of Cuba. Recently he received his ninth GRAMMY for Best Classical
Recording for Riberas with the Buenos Aires String Quartet. He also won a
GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Composition in 2005 for his “Merengue”
performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. While his discography includes over 30 solo
albums in jazz, bebop and Latin music, he has also made numerous
contributions to classical music as a soloist and composer. In 2005 he was
named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and also received the
National Medal for the Arts from President George W. Bush at the White


Fazioli Piano

Pianists at this year’s Caramoor Jazz Festival will play the Fazioli F-278
piano, courtesy of Klavierhaus, Inc., 211 West 58th Street, in New York
City. Klavierhaus is the authorized dealer for Fazioli Pianoforti of Sacile,
Italy. Fewer than 100 Faziolis are available worldwide each year.


About Caramoor

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built the great house
and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for
the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to
entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the
seeds of the International Music Festival today. Realizing the pleasure
their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor - the house with its art
collection; the gardens; and the musical programs on summer evenings - the
Rosens established a Foundation to open Caramoor to the public in
perpetuity. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During
those years, she expanded the Music Festival: The Spanish Courtyard was used
as a setting for musical events, as it is today. Under her direction, the
great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.


Caramoor is a Garden of Great Music. “We invite people to come early,
explore our beautiful grounds, take a tour of the House Museum, visit our
gift shops, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in a
relaxed setting,” advises Paul Rosenblum, Caramoor’s Managing Director. With
its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and
nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest
Festival of them all.” - The New York Times


Art and Gardens

Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters - the large, acoustically superb
Venetian Theater, and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard.
Caramoor is more than just music - there is beauty at every turn. The House
Museum, the former summer home of Caramoor's founders, Lucie and Walter
Rosen, contains a vast collection of Renaissance, 18th-century, and Eastern
art objects — furniture, tapestries, sculpture, paintings, fabrics,
porcelain and jade. There are entire rooms that were imported from European
palaces and villas, twenty of which are open to the public. The Caramoor
Caldwell collection includes well over 100 objects, pieces that were
commissioned either for Caramoor or the Rosens’ New York City residence. On
Thursdays and Fridays, Afternoon Tea is served in the Summer Dining Room,
overlooking the Spanish Courtyard.


Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit. Nine unique perennial
gardens including a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly
Garden, a Medieval Mount, and two whose special characteristics are enjoyed
primarily at night may be seen on a guided tour or on one's own.


House Museum

Guided tours of the House Museum are provided from Wednesday through Sunday,
1-4 p.m., with the last tour at 3 p.m. On Saturdays, during the Festival,
tours are given from 1-5 p.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Tickets are $9
(children 16 and under free).


Getting to Caramoor

Caramoor is easy to get to by car or mass transportation. From Manhattan,
take the Caramoor Caravan and ride comfortably in a luxurious,
air-conditioned coach. Round trip service is $21 and is available for all
Saturday and Sunday performances during the Festival. The Caravan departs
from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Upper West Side and East Side
locations. Call the Box Office (914-232-1252) for further information and
reservations. By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad
to Katonah. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is
available. By car: (West Side Manhattan, New Jersey) Take the Saw Mill River
Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right, and at
the first traffic light make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9
miles to junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor.
(Detailed directions: 914-232-5035, press 2 or online at Caramoor.org).



Tickets may be ordered by calling the Box Office at 914-232-1252 or online
at  <http://www.caramoor.org/> www.caramoor.org.


July 28                         Jazz Festival I

Saturday, All Day        The Latin Pulse – Sonidos Latinos V

Venetian Theater         Joe Lovano, Artistic Director; Produced by Jim Luce


                                    3:00pm     David Sánchez Quartet
                                    4:00pm     Geri Allen Trio
                                    5:00pm     Steve Turre Quintet
                                    8:00pm     Weber Iago & Jovino Santos
Neto: Piano Summit
                                    9:00pm     Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean
Jazz Septet


This concert is made possible by generous support from the New York State
Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.




August 4                      Jazz Festival II

Saturday, All Day        Great Musical Minds 

Venetian Theater         Joe Lovano, Artistic Director; Produced by Jim Luce


                                    3:00pm     Arturo O'Farrill Trio
(Sonidos Latinos)*
                                    4:00pm     Fred Hersch, solo piano
                                    5:00pm     Odean Pope Saxophone Choir w/
Special Guest Joe Lovano
                                    8:00pm     Brad Mehldau Trio
                                    9:00pm     Joe Lovano/Paquito D'Rivera
Festival Ensemble (Sonidos Latinos)*


*This set is made possible by generous support from the New York State Music
Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller
Philanthropy Advisors







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