New York — Jazz enthusiasts gathered at The Supper Club on April 12, here, for the announcement of the 2005 JVC Jazz Festival line up.
This year marks the 51st year of the festival and its 22nd year under JVC sponsorship. It will run from June through October with performers appearing in New York; Newport, R.I.; Miami Beach; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Paris; The Hauge; and Warsaw, Poland.
While the band Romero played in between speakers, roughly 400 people listened as Rick White, senior producer at Festival Productions, outlined what’s to come in this year’s festival. White paid tribute to JVC, noting that the company’s support of jazz “is unequaled in corporate America.” Karl Bearnarth, JVC’s marketing VP, praised the innovation of jazz, and said that the company strives to match that innovation and “continues to push the envelope for our fans.”
George Wein, CEO of Festival Productions, gave a preview of some expected highlights of the upcoming festival, including tributes to musicians Doc Cheatham, Rosemary Clooney and Jaco Pastorius and a 90th birthday celebration for Les Paul. Over 300 artists in more than 100 concerts will perform at 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y. Three free concerts will also occur, including the festival’s debut at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, South Street Seaport and the World Financial Center.
For more information, visit www.festivalproductions.net.