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Jazz 03/03/2008

Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland Salutes the American Classics

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CLEVELAND, OH. (Top40 Charts/ Cuyahoga Community College) - Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland celebrates its 29th year with a Tribute to American Classics, April 17-27, with a showcase of nationally and internationally renowned artists. The lifetime works of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Marvin Gaye are among the wide range of jazz music to be highlighted during the 10-day festival.

The festivities kick off on April 17 with a parade featuring the Shaw High School Marching Band at Tower City and Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The celebration continues with a kick-off party, complete with live entertainment, at The Corner Alley. Later that evening at the House of Blues, Jazz Meets Hip-Hop features Q-Nice, DJ Rob Swift and Bill Ransom in a creative fusion of old-school jazz with the contemporary rhythmic beats of hip-hop.

John Pizzarelli and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will salute Frank Sinatra at the Allen Theatre on April 18. Opening act Nnenna Freelon pays homage to Billie Holiday with a refreshing take on the work of the legendary jazz songstress.

Jazz for Kids starts off a full day of jazz on April 19 at The Children's Museum of Cleveland with an educational and entertaining perspective of jazz designed to get the youngest imaginations excited. Ending the day is producer/composer Jason Miles in a marvelous tribute to Marvin Gaye and Motown featuring a who's who in jazz lineup that includes Bobby Caldwell, Walter Beasley, Kevin Mahogany, Maysa and DJ Logic.

Vijay Iyer, one of the most commanding pianists and composers to emerge in recent years, brings his diverse and respected body of work to MOCA Cleveland on April 23 as his unique sound draws from a wide range of Western and non- Western traditions. The Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium plays host to the electrifying sounds of the Grammy nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman on April 24. Redman is described by The New York Times as one of a: " ... handful of naturally gifted musicians."

An Evening of Natalie Cole on April 25 will showcase the range of the eight-time Grammy Award winning singer as she explores her soulful roots of R&B, jazz-based pop and standards. The final weekend continues with the exciting collaboration between trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot on April 26. Tri-C's own Dominick Farinacci takes the stage of Pickwick and Frolic for his first main stage JazzFest performance on April 27.

Tickets go on sale March 7 and can be purchased after that date by calling Playhouse Square Center at 216-241-6000, or online at . For more information and special packages, call 216-987-4400, or visit .

Tri-C JazzFest is recognized, both nationally and internationally, as a premier educational jazz festival with extensive offerings of performances, clinics, workshops and educational programs. This year's festival is supported by American Greetings, the Cleveland Foundation, Forest City, The George Gund Foundation, Key Bank, Kulas Foundation, National City, National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Arts Council. Media Sponsors include, Downbeat, the Free Times, WCLV, WKSU and WCPN/WVIZ.

29th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Schedule of Performances

Parade and Kick-off Party
April 17, 5 p.m., Tower City and Public Square, FREE

Jazz Meets Hip-Hop, Part 6
April 17, 8 p.m., House of Blues, Tickets: $25

John Pizzarelli & The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Salute Frank Sinatra with special guest Nnenna Freelon
April 18, 8 p.m., Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, Tickets: $45/35/25

Jazz for Kids
April 19, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., The Children's Museum of Cleveland, Tickets: $12 ($9 for Museum members)

Women in Jazz
April 19, 1 p.m., Mt. Zion Congregational Church, FREE

Jason Miles: Celebrating the Music of Marvin Gaye and Motown
April 19, 8 p.m., Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, Tickets: $35/25/15

The Ernie Krivda Trio
April 20, 4 p.m., East Cleveland Public Library, FREE

Debut Series - The JD Allen Trio
April 20, 8 p.m., Nighttown, FREE

Eddie Baccus, Sr.
April 22, 8 p.m., Karamu House, FREE

Debut Series - The Amina Figarova Sextet
April 22, 8 p.m., Nighttown, FREE

The Vijay Iyer Quartet
April 23, 8 p.m., MOCA Cleveland, Tickets: $25

The Joshua Redman Trio
April 24, 8 p.m., Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium, Tickets: $30

An Evening of Natalie Cole
April 25, 8 p.m., Allen Theatre, Tickets: $85/65/50

R n R featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot
April 26, 8 p.m., Allen Theatre, Tickets: $40/30/20

Jazz Brunch with Dominick Farinacci
April 27, 12 p.m., Pickwick & Frolic, Tickets: $50 ($25 Show only)

The Marcus Roberts Trio
April 27, 4 p.m., East Cleveland Public Library, FREE

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