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Jazz Holiday tunes up

Jazz is the headliner for four days of outdoor musical entertainment in Clearwater, but other genres are on the bill too.

Published October 19, 2006

The 27th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday provides four days of entertainment at Coachman Park. The music is the centerpiece, but even those who don't know Kenny G from Kenny Rogers can enjoy the festival as a happening.

It's a great chance to spend a pleasant evening outdoors. Coolers aren't allowed, but food and beverage vendors will be on hand, including those selling beer and wine.

And admission is free.

Do bring: Lawn chairs, blankets, sunglasses, sunscreen and identification tags for small children.

Don't bring: Pets except registered guide dogs; grills; glass containers or bottles; beer bottles, six packs or kegs; tents or pup tents; video cameras; inline skates or skateboards; guns, knives or weapons; umbrellas; backpacks or coolers.

One musical standout

Bossa nova was the chill-out music of the Kennedy era, the perfect cocktail-party soundtrack before the Beatles changed everything. Fusing jazz and Brazilian rhythms, it was sexy and cool, a little exotic, and easy on the ears.

Now three guys from Brazil have fused electronica with the retro sounds of bossa nova. The result is Bossacucanova, easily one of the more intriguing bands at the 2006 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Organizers are pushing the boundaries a bit with Bossacucanova. It's doubtful the Jazz Holiday stage has seen a band quite like this.

Its latest CD, Uma Batida Differente (A Different Beat), suggests its three core members are evolving from a strictly electronica outfit to something closer to an organic collective that puts bossa nova front and center. The turntable maneuvers, sampling and electronic filigree help move an old sound forward without falling for sentimentality or kitsch.

Bossacucanova is comprised of DJ Marcelinho DaLuaon turntables, Alexandre Moreira on keyboards and Marcio Menescal (whose dad, Roberto, is a bossa nova legend) on bass and vocals. Each gets a credit as a programmer on this disc.

Uma Batida Diferente, however, is spiced with guest artists, some of whom will be with the band in Clearwater. That's good news because some of the highlights of the disc are songs featuring the sinewy vocals of Cris Delanno (think Astrud Gilberto on Girl from Impanema or Corcovado), in English and Portugese. Menescal also handles vocal duties (sort of a loungey Jao Gilberto, if you must). The extra help means they won't have to sample saxophone and guitar.

It's not all smooth and mellow. Songs like Onde Anda Meu Amor and Samba Da Minha Terra put a modern spin on bossa nova with thick bass lines and drumming that ought to get you off your blanket dancing to the setting sun.

The Lineup

5 p.m.: Gates open

6-7:30 p.m.: Kenny Drew Jr. Quartet

8-10 p.m.: Kenny G

4:30 p.m.: Gates open

6-7:15 p.m.: Bossacucanova

7:45-9 p.m.: Mindi Abair

9:30-10:45 p.m.: Richard Elliot

10:45-11 p.m.: Jam with Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot

1 p.m.: Gates open

2-3:15 p.m.: Valerie Gillespie

3:45-5 p.m.: Jose Valentino Ruiz

5:30-6:45 p.m.: Jazz to the Maxx

7:15-8:45 p.m.: John Pizzarelli

9:15-10:45 p.m.: Manhattan Transfer

10:45 p.m.: Fireworks

12:30 p.m.: Gates open

1-2:15 p.m.: Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Youth Band

2:45-4 p.m.: Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge

4:30-5:45 p.m.: Don Byron Ivey-divey Trio with Edward Simon & Billy Hart

6:15-7:45 p.m.: Buckwheat Zydeco

8:15-9:45 p.m.: Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The Reunion Band will play Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and Sunday starting at 4 p.m. on a second stage between set changes.


[Last modified October 19, 2006, 08:16:05]

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