Jazz festivities on the horizon

 

The jazz festival announcements have been fast and furious lately. The Montreal International Jazz Festival recently announced its indoor lineup, while the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival finalized its lineup of headline acts. And the Stowe Jazz Festival will return after making its debut last year. Here’s a closer look at the jazz fest action.   Burlington Discover Jazz Festival June 1-10 The Queen City’s premier festival has been announcing its lineup in batches, and recently dropped the final headlining acts for this year’s soiree, its 35th edition. Two weeks after announcing its first four shows, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival unveiled several more last week. A major highlight is an electrifying triple bill at Waterfront Tent June 7 featuring Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels and funk and soul-powered the Nth Power. Henry is a charismatic, Brooklyn-based organist known for his rousing live performances and soul-stirring blend of jazz, funk and gospel. The Nth Power will also take over Nectar’s on June 6, performing the music of Steely Dan with such special guests as Kofi Burbridge of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jennifer Hartswick, Dave Grippo and Bryan McNamara. That same night, Detroit neo-bop pianist and vocalist Jonny O’Neal performs at FlynnSpace. And multifaceted San Francisco percussionist and composer Sasha Berliner, 19, brings her quartet to FlynnSpace on June 8. For tickets, call 802-863-5966 or go online to www.flynntix.org. For information, go online to www.discoverjazz.com.   Montreal Jazz Festival June 28-July 7 The world’s biggest jazz festival announced the indoor lineup for its 39th edition last week, and tickets are now on sale for some 150 concerts at a variety of venues in Montreal’s vibrant downtown core. Tops on the list are such Grammy-winning legends as soul singer Seal (June 28 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier), keyboard giant Herbie Hancock with rising bass star Thundercat (July 2 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier), and jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin (July 7 at Maison symphonique). Noteworthy acts at Theatre Maisonneuve include Cécile McLorin Salvantwith the Aaron Diehl Trio (June 28) and Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Memphis Soulphony(June 30). And the intimate Club Soda hosts acclaimed Manchester jazz-electronica trio GoGo Penguin (July 1, with Moon Hooch) and spellbinding New Zealand singer Kimbra (July 6). The lineup of free outdoor concerts will be announced May 30. For tickets and information, call 1-888-515-0515 or go online to www.montrealjazzfest.com.   Stowe Jazz Festival Sept. 7-9 After making its well-received debut last year, the festival returns to infuse Stowe with jazz at several venues, including outdoor action at the main stage at the Alchemist Brewery. As was the case last year, every event will be free of charge, as will parking. The lineup is still being finalized, but founder and festival director George Petit recently confirmed several artists: the Donny McCaslin Quartet, the Ed Cherry Trio and the Dan Pugach Nonet Plus One. And lauded Brazilian jazz guitarist Chico Pinheiro – a highlight of last year’s fest who is also playing May 12 at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro – returns with his quartet. “We’ll have over 23 bands playing jazz all over Stowe,” Petit said. All shows are free of charge; for information, go online to www.stowejazzfestival.com. Business sponsors, patrons of the arts and jazz artists are invited to contact the festival via email at director@stowejazzfestival.com

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