Festival Fever: Tanglewood Jazz Festival, 9/4-5/10

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Julian Lage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival has been pared back to just two days – Saturday and Sunday – but festival manager Dawn Singh has packed a lot of great music into the annual weekend outing that wraps up the summer season at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Here’s the full schedule:

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12:30pm @ the Jazz Cafe: The Brandon Wright Quartet
2pm @ Ozawa Hall: “Radio Deluxe” live radio show taping with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molasky. Special guest Jane Monheit
6:30pm @ the Jazz Cafe: The Kelley Johnson Quartet
8pm @ Ozawa Hall: Kurt Elling, the Laurence Hobgood Trio

12:30pm @ the Jazz Cafe: The Audrey Silver Quartet
2pm @ Ozawa Hall: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Eddie Daniels-Bob James Quartet’s “Broadway Boogie”
6:30pm @ the Jazz Cafe: The Noah Baerman Trio
8pm @ Ozawa Hall: The Donal Fox Quartet’s “Piazzolla to Bach Project,” the Julian Lage Group

Tix for each of the Ozawa Hall performances are $18-$77. One-day lawn passes are available for $34. Performances at the Jazz Cafe are free of charge for Ozawa Hall performance ticketholders.

If you’re headed out to one (or more) of the Ozawa Hall performances, we really suggest that you get there early and catch the pre-concert Jazz Cafe shows. Last year, we were lucky enough to see jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson, and her stunning performance landed on our Top 12 Shows of the Year list.

This year, for the first time, the Tanglewood Jazz Café conducted a
video contest for four slots at the Jazz Cafe tent. The up-and-coming musicians who will be performing this weekend are New Haven pianist Noah Baerman and his trio; NYC vocalist Audrey Silver and her quartet; NYC saxophonist Brandon Wright and his quintet; and Seattle vocalist Kelley Johnson and her quartet.

(Related stories: Julian Lage Group concert review; Julian Lage, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?)

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