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June Festival to offer up a little of the old and the new

Aspen Times Staff Report

Jazz Aspen’s June Festival will have audiences swinging, singing the blues, and swaying to Cuban rhythms, with return favorites and musicians new to the festival.

Jazz Aspen has announced part of the lineup for its 11th annual June Festival, to be held in Snowmass Town Park June 21-24. The schedule includes such returning performers as Diana Krall and Jonny Lang, and newcomers the Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Barbarito Torres.

Opening night will be a dance party featuring a double bill of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars. The Afro-Cuban All-Stars, a big band led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, were nominated for a Grammy award for their debut CD. The Squirrel Nut Zippers, a North Carolina band led by singer Katherine Whelan, was at the forefront of the recent swing revival.

Singer-pianist Diana Krall, who earned a Grammy award for best jazz vocalist last year, will headline the show on June 22. Opening for Krall is Cuban laud player Barbarito Torres, a member of the acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club.

The closing night of the June Festival, June 24, is a blues bill. Opening the show will be Susan Tedeschi, whose 1999 CD, “Just Won’t Burn,” earned the singer-guitarist comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Closing the festival is Jonny Lang, the young guitarist and singer who has toured with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Aerosmith.

Also on the bill for June 24 will be singer-pianist Patricia Barber, who will perform a separate show at Anderson Ranch’s Schermer Hall.

The lineup for June 23 has yet to be announced.

Tickets for the June Festival will be on sale later this month at the Wheeler Opera House box office.

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2001


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