Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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The Tanglewood Jazz Festival, which is located in Lenox, MA in the Berkshires, is pleased to announce that the lineup for Labor Day Weekend has been released. This year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be having many great jazz musicians including Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra along with Toots Thielemans, Oscar Castro-Neves, Sonny Rollins, Madeleine Peyroux, Skitch Henderson, Diane Schuur and the Caribbean Jazz Project, as well as many others. The ticktets are available for the dates of September 2nd through 4th, 2005. For more information on how to get tickets, visit www.worsleyproductions.com or by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Tony Bennett will be headlining the Festival this year along with the Count Basie Orchestra. They will be performing on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. This performance will be to celebrate their 1959 recording "Basie & Bennett." This will be a rare and extremely special performance.

Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide. His albums have gone both platinum and gold. He has received 12 Grammy Awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been praised worldwide, by other musicians, such as Frank Sinatra, and other venues, such as the United Nations, which awarded him with its "Citizen of the World" honor.

The Count Basie Orchestra is named for the Basie band that created swing in the 1930's. Directed by Bill Hughes, the band produces a big stomping sound.

On Sunday, September 4th, at 2 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Sonny Rollins will be performing on his saxophone. He has not performed at this venue since 2001. Rollins has been playing for over 50 years with his first recording from 1949. He is considered one of the few remaining icons from a golden era of jazz.

Later on on Sunday, at 8 p.m., the Yellowjackets will be performing music from their most recent CD, "Altered States." The group plays hot fusion mixed with acoustic jazz. The Yellowjackets are composed of keyboardist Russell Ferrante, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Marcus Baylor.

Chris Botti will also be playing his trumpet on Sunday night. Botti is a gifted composer and instrumentalist. He has also been praised as a charismatic performer. He has an amazing series of recordings as well. In 2004, Botti was on tour with Sting. Furthermore, in 2004, he was voted one of People Magazine's "2004's 50 Most Beautiful People."

All programs and artists are subject to change. If you are interested in learning more about this concert series, you can go to www.worsleyproductions.com or follow the link below.

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