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Jazz On The Road

04:24 AM Wednesday 11/21/07 | |

The Monterey Jazz Festival will mark 50 years of jazz preservation with the creation of the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Band, which will hit the road in January for a 10-week, 54-stop tour.

The group features Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, musical director Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums, as well as vocalist Nnenna Freelon.

The band's trek across the country kicks off January 8 at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellinham, Wash., and runs through mid-March with stops including Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, Calif. (January 12), Royce Hall Auditorium in Los Angeles (January 18), the UNLV Performing Arts Center in Las Vegas (January 20), Centennial Hall in Tucson, Ariz. (January 26), McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas (February 1), East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. (February 6), the Raymond Kravis Center for The Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla. (February 12), the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del. (February 20), The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H. (February 28), North Fork Hall in Brookefield, N.Y. (March 7), the Madame Walker Arts Center in Indianapolis (March 13) and the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. (March 16).

Tickets are available through links at MontereyJazzFestival.org.

Each show on the tour will feature a selection of standards and favorites from all periods of Jazz, including the Tin-Pan Alley, bebop and modern eras.

All-star bands are a long-standing tradition at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Since 1966, organizers have assembled master musicians under the moniker Monterey All-Stars.

At least 17 all-star bands have graced the stages featuring artists like Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Sonny Stitt, Max Roach, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson and many others.