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JVC Jazz Festival New York returns to Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall for 11 concerts


All-star Line-up Includes Herbie Hancock, João Gilberto, Jill Scott, Chris Botti, Mos Def Big Band with Gil Scott-Heron, Al Green, Dianne Reeves, Dick Hyman & More!

NEW YORK, NY The 2008 JVC Jazz Festival New York, produced by Festival Network (FN), returns to Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall for 11 nights of award-winning jazz, Bossa Nova, soul, neo-soul, Afropean, tango and more. Featuring some of the biggest and brightest stars on today’s music scene, the JVC Jazz Festival New York builds upon 26 years of diverse music at the renowned Carnegie Hall.

Taking a bow at Carnegie Hall are Jill Scott, Sergio Mendes, Zap Mama, João Gilberto, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Loueke Trio, Chris Botti, Al Green, Dianne Reeves and Mos Def Big Band with special guest Gil Scott-Heron. Zankel Hall hosts the Brad Mehldau Trio, Dick Hyman & Friends, Tierney Sutton Band and Richard Galliano Tangaria 4Tet.

"New York is one of the world’s favorite destinations for jazz and entertainment, and our long-standing partnership with JVC and Carnegie Hall makes it possible to present two incredible weeks of the best in jazz and jazz-related music," said Tom Shepard, CEO of Festival Network. "The rich history of this unique festival comes to life in an outstanding 2008 line-up of seasoned musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Billy Taylor and Cecil Taylor, who performed on our first New York festival in 1972, as well as up-and-coming artists who will be creating new chapters in jazz history."

The complete JVC Jazz Festival schedule at the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium is:

Friday, June 20 8 pm ($35, $60, $85, $95)
The Real Thing: An Evening with Jill Scott

Saturday, June 21 8 pm ($35, $60, $80, $90)
Nouveau Bossa Sergio Mendes and Zap Mama

Sunday, June 22 8 pm ($35, $60, $85, $100)
50 Years of Bossa Nova João Gilberto

Monday, June 23 8 pm ($35, $60, $85, $95)
2008 Grammy® Award Winner, Album of the Year Herbie Hancock
and The River of Possibilities Tour featuring Dave Holland, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Sonya Kitchell plus Lionel Loueke Trio

Tuesday, June 24 8 pm ($35, $50, $75, $85)
An Evening with Chris Botti

Friday, June 27 8 pm ($35, $60, $85, $95)
The Soul of Jazz Al Green and Dianne Reeves

Saturday, June 28 8 pm ($35, $60, $85, $95)
Mos Def Presents Amino Alkaline - The Watermelon Syndicate Mos Def Big Band with special guest Gil Scott-Heron (Co-produced by Jill Newman Productions)

The complete JVC Jazz Festival schedule at Zankel Hall is:

Sunday, June 22 8:30 pm ($55)
A Taste of Genius Brad Mehldau Trio

Monday, June 23 8:30 pm ($55)
Dick Hyman & Friends Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Sandke, Howard Alden, Jay Leonhart and Eddie Locke

Tuesday, June 24 8:30 pm ($55)
Presenting Ms. Tierney Sutton Band Tierney Sutton Band with Tierney Sutton, Ray Brinker, Christian Jacob and Trey Henry

Saturday, June 28 8:30 pm ($55)
Tangaria Richard Galliano Tangaria 4Tet featuring Richard Galliano,
Alexis Cardenas, Rafael Meijias, Philippe Aerts and special guest Hamilton de Holanda

For tickets and more information, visit or call (212) 247-7800. For information and a Festival brochure, call (646) 862-0458 weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, or visit the official JVC Jazz Festival New York Website at or

Additional support for the JVC Jazz Festival New York is provided by NYC & Company and media partners The Village Voice, Jazz 88/WBGO-FM and NYC TV and Radio New York 91.5FM. The Buckingham Hotel, located at 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, is the official host hotel of the JVC Jazz Festival New York. For the special festival rate, call (212) 246-1500, extension 3201, and mention the JVC Jazz Festival or visit

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Festival Network (FN) develops, acquires and produces multi-day music festivals and live entertainment properties in unique destinations around the globe. FN’s predecessor company, Festival Productions, pioneered the outdoor "festival era" in 1954 with the creation of the renowned Newport Jazz Festival®. FN manages the development and distribution of content derived from its historical, current and upcoming live music festivals, entertainment events and sports-related properties. Another division, FN Management, provides artist management services to a select group of performing artists and producers. FN, which is privately held, is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

JVC, sponsor of JVC Jazz Festivals worldwide since 1984, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high quality audio and video products.

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