April-2nd-2003, 05:12 PM
Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival 2003
Sue Auclair ~ Sue Auclair, Publicity!
BMaynard Scarborough ~ Boston Globe Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: April 2, 2003
Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival
June 15 - 22, 2003
Artist Lineup Announced
Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy,
Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove
and Others To Perform!
Boston--April 2, 2003--The Boston Globe today announced the artist lineup for the 2003 Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival, which features some of the biggest names in jazz, jazz/rock, blues, Latin jazz and rhythm & blues. The festival will be highlighted by superstar jazz pianist Herbie Hancock; the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin; blues legend Buddy Guy; young and sultry jazz chanteuse Jane Monheit; trumpet titan Roy Hargrove; Cuban jazz legend Arturo Sandoval; cutting-edge jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano; the contemporary jazz/rock sounds of Medeski, Martin & Wood; avante garde jazz/rock guitarist John Scofield; and many, many others in a citywide celebration of music and the commencement of the long-awaited summer season.
The festival kicks off on Sunday, June 15, with a multi-stage carnival atmosphere at Faneuil Hall Marketplace where shops and food stands already beckon and the festival dresses it all up party-style with eight fabulous bands on two stages, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sweet Willy D & The Continental Walk, Phil Wilsonís Berklee Rainbow Band featuring Syncopation, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and Craig Ballís White Heat Orchestra featuring Steve Marvin are all scheduled to perform on Stage One beginning at noon. On Stage Two beginning at 12:30 p.m. will be The Aardvark Orchestra with Mark Harvey directing, Cercie Miller & Friends Celebrating Latin Jazz, The James Montgomery Blues Band and The Stan Strickland Experience. In addition, a face painter, a fake tattoo artist and a tattoo and airbrushing specialist will be on hand to paint and embellish the all-day festival crowd!
On Monday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. the festival moves over to bigger quarters at the expansive and elegant FleetBoston Pavilion. Chicago blues titan Buddy Guy takes the stage with his polka dot guitar, his down-home soulful vocals and his kickiní band along with special guests, Los Lobos.
Tuesday, June 17, promises to be an exciting day at the festival. The annual Copley Square free after-work concert series is back! The fun begins at 4:00 with the Steven Kirby Quintet, then Blue Note Recording Artist Joe Lovano and his Quartet take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The festival then moves back to the beautiful FleetBoston Pavilion at 8:00 p.m. for an evening with the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!
The free Copley Square early evening performances continue on Wednesday, June 18, with Dare Recording Artist Robert Randolph and the Family Band at 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. the fun in Copley Square continues with Verve Recording Artist Roy Hargrove, whoís known for his alternately strident and sweet trumpet flair. Then the festival fever jumps back to the FleetBoston Pavilion with a contemporary jazz/rock show featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood and the John Scofield Band, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. N-Coded Music Recording Artist Jane Monheit fills the Copley Square outdoor stage with her sensuous and skillful improvisatory jazz vocals.
On Sunday, June 22, itís the festival grand finale at the MDC Hatch Memorial Shell alongside the Charles River on Storrow Drive. The fun will kick off at 2:00 p.m. with an opening act thatís still to be announced. Then at 3:30, Cuban trumpet king Arturo Sandoval and his fiery big band take the stage. The day and festival come to a climactic close at 5:00, when the great jazz pianist Herbie Hancock performs with his Quartet, featuring Bostonís own Terri Lynn Carrington on drums, Scott Colley on bass and Gary Thomas on saxophone.
TICKET INFORMATION: The only shows for which tickets are required are those at FleetBoston Pavilion. All other shows are free. Tickets for Buddy Guy and Los Lobos on June 16 are $30 each. Tickets for Aretha Franklin on June 17 are priced at $50, $45, and $40. Both shows go on sale April 5 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for Medeski, Martin & Wood and the John Scofield Band on June 18 are $30 each and go on sale April 18 at 10:00 a.m. The box office at FleetBoston Pavilion is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and on show days from noon until one hour after the performance begins. The Orpheum Theater box office provides box office services for FleetBoston Pavilion events during its normal business hours, Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Tickets may also be purchased by phone through Ticketmaster by calling 617-931-2000 or 508-931-2000; at any Ticketmaster outlet; or online at www.ticketmaster.com.