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Solvang Jazz Festival Announces Artist Lineup 2008 - Sept. 25-28
(Published: August 06, 2008)

Solvang Jazz Festival returns for second year of outstanding talent and
musical education

Solvang, California, August 5, 2008-With a world class lineup of Jazz legends and bright new stars, the 2008 Solvang Jazz Festival is set to bring the thrill and excitement of Jazz, music in general and musical culture to the Central Coast, from September 25 through September 28, 2008. In a press conference on June 25th, at the Old Mission Santa Ines, Stix Hooper, virtuoso drummer, composer, vocalist and the President of nonprofit Universal Guild for Jazz and Progressive Music, announced this year's stellar, international lineup:

• Friday September 26th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.: Swingin' in the Groove, Big Band Bash & Dinner
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band with Special Guests, Barbara Morrison and James Moody, Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall
Gordon Goodwin is a 3-time Emmy Winner and Barbara Morrison has performed with top Jazz and Blues artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett. Grammy nominated saxophonist James Moody played and recorded in Dizzy Gillespie's big band along with a who's who in Jazz and some of the great artisans of our time, including Bill Cosby, Glenn Campbell, Liberace, Elvis Presley, Redd Foxx and many others. Moody is world-renowned for his improvisational masterpiece, Moody's Mood for Love.

• Friday September 26th, 9:00 p.m.: A Hip Improvisational Evening of Jazz, Nightclub Performance
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio and Frank Marocco
, Royal Scandinavian Inn
According to the New York Times, French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc is "...a dazzlingly inventive pianist." Accordion player, Frank Marocco, has played on hundreds of movie soundtracks, TV series and specials, from Austin Powers 3 to Dr. Zhivago; and performed or recorded with a veritable "who's who" of the music industry, from Nina Simone to Pink Floyd.

• Saturday, September 27th, 1:00 p.m.: Groovin' in the Park, Free Outdoor Concert
The Solvang Jazz Consortium with Joel Scott, Solvang Park
Joel Scott is the former keyboard player for 5-time Grammy Award winner, Dionne Warwick. The Solvang Jazz Consortium was created as an homage to the community.

• Saturday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m.: All Star Jazz Concert
Monty Alexander Trio with Special Guest Dr. Lonnie Smith on the Hammond B3 Organ, featuring Hassan Shaku and Herlin Riley, Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall
Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander has recorded or performed with Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and more. Dr. Lonnie Smith has played with Miles Davis and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

• Sunday, September 28th, 3:00 p.m.: Hot Salsa
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez & his Latin Jazz Orchestra, Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a Grammy nominated trumpet player, band leader and educator. He has earned 1 gold record and 3 platinum records. His musicianship is in demand and he has performed/recorded with acclaimed musicians including Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock and more.

"We are thrilled to be welcomed back to Solvang with a program of great new talent and incredible, world renowned masters," said Stix Hooper, Founder and President, Universal Guild for Jazz and Progressive Music, and founder of The Crusaders. "We are also excited about the addition of Latin Jazz to this year's event, bringing an international flair to our festival - the perfect next step for an event headed for international significance."

The first Solvang Jazz Festival, held in 2007, received wide acclaim for performances, personalities and the range of music showcased. Performances and educational events included T.S. Monk, son of modern jazz ‘founding father' Thelonious Monk; jazz trumpet icon Freddie Hubbard; flutist extraordinaire, Hubert Laws; jazz piano prodigy Taylor Eigsti and others - and the first ever concert by the Solvang Jazz Consortium, formed in honor of the Festival and scheduled this year for the free outdoor community concert on September 27. With a Salsa event scheduled for Sunday June 28th, the Festival has grown from a two-day to a three-day event.

The Solvang Jazz Festival aims to promote awareness and appreciation of America's indigenous musical art form - jazz - and provides local educational opportunities including competitions for students ages 10 to 19 and a workshop program led by local and guest artists and educators. Competition winners will be given financial assistance to help further their musical education.

"Artists and audiences are coming from near and far to the Solvang Jazz Festival to celebrate the music and enjoy this special city," said Hooper. "And when we get together this way as a community, we are also honoring the significant accomplishments that Jazz represents in American history, its worldwide appreciation and influence on every form of popular music today, and - most importantly - the opportunities we can create together for the next generation of artists."

About Universal Guild for Jazz and Progressive Music (UGJPM)
The Universal Guild for Jazz and Progressive Music (UGJPM) was founded to honor, promote, protect and preserve America's indigenous musical art form, Jazz, along with other progressive musical genres. Through seminars, concerts, clinics and forums, UGJPM strives to educate, inform, teach and enlighten music professionals, while providing general knowledge, information and accessibility of the music(s) to the general public. Festival schedule, information, and ticket information at www.solvangjazz.com.


More Information: http://www.solvangjazz.com

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