Jazz Beat: Trent Reznor, John Lee Hooker, Don Byron ...

Rocker who leads Nine Inch Nails supports New Orleans jazz.

Nine Inch Nails leader and New Orleans resident Trent Reznor threw

a benefit on Friday (June 16) for the city's Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, the annual workshop that nurtures the talents of budding local jazz musicians and has boasted the likes of trumpeter

color="#003163">Wynton Marsalis as guest instructors. A jazz camp student ensemble performed at the fund-raiser, but Reznor, on tour, could not attend. ...

One blues legend out, another in: Buddy Guy will replace John Lee Hooker for the July 7 Living Legends of Blues II show at the

Montreal International Jazz Festival. Hooker canceled after his doctor advised him not to travel. ...

Clarinet ace Don Byron has just completed his third studio date for Blue Note, and not surprisingly for

the musical adventurer, it's a sharp departure from his last project, which was a fairly straight-ahead jazz affair. On the still-untitled forthcoming album, Byron explores the concept of modern art songs, from operatic pieces to modern show tunes to R&B classics. An interesting

array of singers join Byron, including Cassandra Wilson, Canadian cabaret sensation Patricia O'Callahan and art-jazz vocalists

Mark Ledford and

color="#003163">Dean Bowman. The material ranges from Wilson's interpretation of

Steven Sondheim's "The Ladies Who Lunch" to a duet with Ledford and O'Callahan on Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" to Byron's instrumental reworking of Puccini's famous aria, "Nessun Dorma." Release date is Oct. 10. ...

Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell performs in San Francisco on June 24 with some Indian music masters: sarodist Aashish Khan, flutist

Ronu Majumdar and percussionist Swapan Chaudhuri. The show is at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. For information, call (415) 978-2787....

Saxophonist Joe Lovano is ready to hit the studio to record Trio Fascination, Edition Two for Blue Note. Edition One from 1998 featured one trio — Lovano with

bassist Dave Holland and drummer Elvin Jones — but the forthcoming disc will offer four radically different trios. Joining Lovano will be bassist Cameron Brown

and drummer Idris Muhammad, saxophonist Billy Drewes and drummer

Joey Baron, pianist Kenny Werner and harmonica player Toots Thielemans and trumpeter

COLOR="#003163">Dave Douglas and bassist

COLOR="#003163">Mark Dresser. Look for an early springrelease. ...

Also in the studio for Blue Note — a studio in the French countryside — is Jacky

Terrasson. The half-French pianist is recording an album of, appropriately enough, French songs. The disc will feature some up-and-coming French jazzers plus established French jazzer Bireli Lagrene on guitar and

COLOR="#003163">Stefon Harris, a vibist from the good ol' U.S.A. ...

Crossover jazz monsters Medeski Martin & Wood recently completed their second studio album for Blue Note, recorded at their newly constructed studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.,

dubbed "Shacklyn." Joining the trio on select cuts is an eclectic group of guests including Sun Ra veteran

Marshall Allen on saxophone, Marc Ribot on guitar and

color="#003163">DJ Logic on turntables. The CD may be out in the fall. ...

The Montreal Jazz Festival's free outdoor schedule has been announced: 350 free shows on 14 stages on and around the Place des Arts/Complexe

Desjardins esplanade. The festival runs June 29–July 9, and the outdoor musical crossfire includes ska, Cuban, klezmer, '30s swing, flamenco and blues, often in the same concert series. Artists include

serious American klezmer combo Brave Old World (June 30), Morocco's Mel M'Rabet synthesizing Andalusian and Arab music (July 1) and

former Lou Reed bassist Yossi Fine's Ex-Centric Sound System (July 6). Seven genuine Louisiana-bred bands, including

color="#003163">Rockie Charles (June 29–30), The New Birth Brass Band (July 3–4) and the Sweet Petunias (July 8) lay down

grooves from the Louisiana stage. The jazziest series goes on at the Contact stage, including two-night stands by pianist Andy Milne's Cosmic Dapp Theory (July 2–3) and the Jazz Mandolin Project (July 8–9). For more information: (www.montrealjazzfestival.worldlinx.com) ...

Construction delays continue to plague the Knitting Factory's Hollywood

club. Concerts were set for June in the new emporium but had to be

canceled. Originally, the Western addition to

COLOR="#003163">Michael Dorf's alterna-jazz-rock empire was

supposed to open in February, but that was pushed back to May, then

June. Now, the first week of July is promised. ...

The Henry Mancini Institute concert series gets going July 29 and runs

through Aug. 19 at the University of California at Los Angeles with some

heavy hitters, trumpeter Terence

Blanchard, tenor saxophonist David

Sanchez and bassist Christian

McBride among them. The series involves several performances

at Royce Hall with the stars playing with the 80 young musicians from

around the world who won monthlong scholarships to the Institute. All

concerts are free. For more information, call (310) 825-2101. ...

This year's A Capital Fourth — the annual July 4 celebration in

Washington, D.C. — features pianist David

Benoit, soul ace Ray

Charles, classical flutist James

Galway, singers Audra

McDonald and Lee Ann

Womack, and conductor Leonard

Slatkin with the National Symphony

Orchestra. Shows are on the West Lawn of the Capitol

Building, and the event will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on the

capital's local PBS affiliate and fed to the national PBS network, the

Armed Forces Radio and TV network and National Public Radio. ...

"The Jazz Age in Paris: 1914–1920," a traveling Smithsonian

Institution exhibition, documents the surge of Americans to the "City of

Lights" in the World War I era with historical photographs, videos,

posters, artifacts and music. The exhibition is at the Boulder (Colo.)

Public Library through July 13 and will hit most states. The show

includes a videotaped interview with the legendary

COLOR="#003163">Josephine Baker that also shows her infamous

wild dance at the Folies-Bergere club. Other video highlights include

clips of Sidney Bechet, a New

Orleans native known for his stunning clarinet and saxophone solos. Two

audio stations will deliver vintage jazz recordings. Artists' personal

memoirs, such as letters and scrapbooks, also will be on display. For

more information, visit the exhibition's Web site at

— sonicnet.com staff report