March-31st-2004, 09:09 AM
Mt Hood Jazz Fest
Mt. Hood Jazz Fest anounces 2004 headliners Posted by: Adminon Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 09:03 AM
The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, one of the nation's longest running and the Portland area's best known jazz festival, enters its 23rd year and is proud to announce classic jazz legends the Heath Brothers and vocal icon Abbey Lincoln as headliners for its 2004 event, to be held August 7-8, at Main City Park in Gresham, Oregon.
The producer of the festival, the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association and its president Mary McSwain hailed the announcement as a great day for Northwest jazz lovers. "This year jazz fans will see a number of artists who have not come to the Northwest in quite some time, if ever. It is the most exciting lineup we've had in years. There's something for every generation of jazz fan."
The MT. HOOD JAZZ FESTIVAL is also proud to announce Adventures In Jazz, a concert series featuring premier performers from all corners of the jazz world at venues throughout the Portland area. Adventures In Jazz kicks off April 4th with Hammond B-3 organ legend Jimmy Smith at the Aladdin Theater. The new series at Blue Monk, Portland's new jazz hot spot, includes concerts by John Coltrane drummer dynamo Rashied Ali and his Quintet, featuring Reggie Workman and Ravi Coltrane (April 22-23), saxophonist Dave Liebman (May 8th), and another Hammond B-3 hero, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Crash (June 18-19).
Adventures in Jazz culminates with our flagship event, the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8, held in Gresham's Main City Park. Along with Abbey Lincoln (Aug. 8) and the Heath Brothers featuring Jimmy, Percy, and Albert "Tootie" Heath, (Aug. 7), confirmed acts include neo-guitar star Charlie Hunter (Aug. 8) and saxophone colossus James Carter (Aug. 7)—who, continuing in the "Attack of the Killer B-3's" theme – appears in a special Hammond B-3 organ driven lineup. Look for more exciting acts to be confirmed.
Tickets for the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival go on sale April 16th through Ticketmaster, and at the Aladdin Theater Box Office (with reduced service charge). Jimmy Smith tickets are on sale now. Adventures In Jazz concerts at the Blue Monk are available through the Aladdin Theater Box Office and Blue Monk only.
The Aladdin Theater, 3116 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 503-234-9694.
Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont St, Portland,OR, 503-595-0575.
Main City Park, corner of Main St. and Powell Blvd., Gresham, OR.
REISCHMAN NAMED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In December 2003, the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Festival Association named Steve Reischman as the festival's Artistic Director. Widely considered one of the country's most eclectic and adventurous live music programmers, Reischman has presented concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than two decades. The founder of Portland's acclaimed 600-seat concert venue the Aladdin Theater, Reischman has been producer/programmer of the Oregon Zoo's popular summer concert series for the past 22 years. He's put his distinctive stamp on concert series at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, Portland Parks Bureau's Rose Garden Concerts, Champoeg Park, and the Bite of Portland, along with other large scale events. An informed jazz lover, Reischman has brought a vast array of jazz artists to the Northwest over the years, including multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones, the Buena Vista Social Club, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
FESTIVAL AWARDED $25,000 GRANT
The Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association gratefully acknowledges a $25,000 grant from the Portland Oregon Visitors Association. The award from POVA's Visitor Development Fund with monies raised from local area hotel/motel/auto rental taxes will aid in marketing the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival by promoting travel and tourism to the Portland metropolitan area.
The MT. HOOD JAZZ FESTIVAL is a production of the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association, an Oregon nonprofit, Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to promote appreciation of jazz as a unique art form, enhance the visibility and cultural image of Gresham through education and community participation in the arts. The all-volunteer board is committed to attracting audiences local and global, featuring national and internationally acclaimed acts to present the region's best known jazz festival.
The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is proudly sponsored by American Airlines, Center Oak Properties, Borders Books and Music, Fidelity National Title Company of Oregon, Connect Your PC, Persimmon Development and Gresham Ford.
For additional information about The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival click on www.mthoodjazz.com or contact:
Mary McSwain, President
Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association