Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the artists scheduled to appear at its June Festival, Labor Day Festival and its summer benefit event.Headliners for the June Festival are jazz pianist Herbie Hancock; soul group Earth, Wind & Fire; classic rocker Steve Winwood; and Southern rock band the Black Crowes, in their Jazz Aspen debut. Hancock, Jazz Aspen’s distinguished artist-in-residence, will appear with a group that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard and guitarist Larry Coryell. Opening acts include American vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, African singer Angelique Kidjo, and bassist-vocalist Marcus Miller.The June Festival is set for June 21-24 under a tent in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park. Additional acts will be announced for the late-night JAS After Dark series at Belly Up.JASummerNight Mambo, Jazz Aspen’s annual benefit event, will feature Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s and his big band. The event is set for July 21 at Aspen Base Operations at the Pitkin County Airport. The event will also include a late-night show at Belly Up with New York-based, Pan-Latin band Yerba Buena.The Labor Day Festival will include the local debut of 19-year-old, British-born soul singer Joss Stone. Also scheduled to appear are rock acts the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, the Derek Trucks Band with Susan Tedeschi, and acoustic combo Nickel Creek. Additional acts, including one more headliner, are still to be announced.The Labor Day Festival takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Snowmass Town Park, in Snowmass Village.Tickets for both festivals will go on sale to the public April 2 at the Wheeler Opera House box office, at 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499), or online at http://www.jazzaspen.org. Tickets for the JASummerNight Mambo are available by calling 920-4996.
Wynton Marsalis will not be featured as a speaker at the 2007 Aspen Music Festival, but the trumpeter and bandleader is still scheduled to perform at the Music Festival this summer.Marsalis will perform June 26 with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy and the African ensemble Odadaa! playing the New Orleans-inspired “Congo Square,” written by Marsalis and Addy. The concert, at the Benedict Music Tent, is co-presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Due to scheduling conflicts, Marsalis will not appear in the Words and Music event, co-presented by the Aspen Institute, on June 28. The Music Festival had previously announced that Marsalis would be among the Words and Music speakers.Joining Marsalis in making his Aspen Music Festival debut this summer is opera star Kathleen Battle. The soprano will be featured in the Season Benefit, “Rhapsody in Blue,” an all-Gershwin concert July 14, conducted by Music Festival music director David Zinman. Also on the program will be pianist Simon Trpceski, performing “Rhapsody in Blue.”The Music Festival season, with the theme of “Blue Notes” and spotlighting concerts that examine the ties between jazz and classical styles, runs June 21-Aug. 19, with daily events. Among the season highlights are a recital with bassists Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride; the North American premiere of Cavalli’s 17th-century opera “Eliogabalo”; world premieres of works by Steven Mackey, Billy Childs, Robert Beaser and Daniel Kellogg; mini-festivals focusing on Beethoven, jazz and Stravinsky; and collaborations with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Aspen Art Museum and other local cultural organizations.For tickets and further program information, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.
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