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'CBS Saturday Morning Show' will have a segment on trumpeter Blanchard.

On Friday afternoon (June 23), CBS-TV will be at the New York club Blue Note taping part of trumpeter Terence Blanchard's show for a segment on the "CBS Saturday Morning Show," to air Saturday (June 24). Check your local listings for times. ...

In honor of bassist Milt Hinton's 90th birthday, the Sidney Bechet Society is presenting two jam sessions on Monday (June 26) at the Theatre at Greenwich Village Center in New York. Performers will include Hinton, drummer Alvester Garnett, guitarist Howard Alden and many others. Info: (516) 627-4468. ...

A juicy schedule of Latin jazz is set for the Hollywood Bowl this summer. Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento and Cuban guitarist Juan Carlos Formell will perform July 1. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez and piano whiz Chucho Valdes check in on Aug. 2, and a "Celebrate Brazil" concert featuring singer Ben Jorge is Sept. 10. The Bowl also will host a Latin jazz festival in October. Info: www.hollywoodbowl.org/index.cfm. ...

Pianists Marcus Roberts and Geri Allen either already have been or will soon be dropped by their labels, according to industry sources. However, no one at either of their respective labels, Columbia Records and Verve, would confirm the moves. A source at Columbia said it would release two completed Roberts records in the fall, The Last Slow Dance, a collection of original material, and Cole After Midnight, a collection of Nat "King" Cole and Cole Porter tunes. Roberts and Allen were unavailable for comment. ...

Hot-selling pianist David Benoit of Here's to You Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years! fame, will be the featured guest artist at the Asia America Symphony's last concert of the season June 24 at Royce Hall, University of California at Los Angeles. Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama will conduct. ...

Jazz singer Dakota Staton, 68, is recovering from a stroke at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Post reported. She was stricken June 15 and opened her eyes for the first time Monday (June 19), according to the Post. Staton was scheduled to perform at New York's Blue Note this week. On Monday (June 26), the club will host a benefit for Staton, featuring singers Abbey Lincoln, Carrie Smith, Etta Jones, Baby Jane Dexter and Gloria Lynne. For more information, call the Blue Note at (212) 475-8592. ...

An all-star tribute to the late swing and bop trombonist Al Grey will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 25) in New York's St. Peter's Church. Grey died in Phoenix on March 24. He was 74. Performers at the tribute will include trumpeter Clark Terry, pianist Norman Simmons, singer Jon Hendricks, drummer Max Roach and the Trombone Choir, which consists of Steve Turre, Slide Hampton, Benny Powell, Curtis Hasselbring, and Ryan Porter. Speakers will include vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, bassist Milt Hinton, writer Ira Gitler and festival impresario George Wein. ...

Pianist and jazz educator Billy Taylor, 78, has won the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Award, which carries an unrestricted prize of $25,000. Taylor will receive the award at a Sept. 18 gala event at New York's Supper Club. All proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships at the conservatory's schools. "In addition to his prolific and distinguished career as a composer, performer, author, broadcaster and educator, Dr. Taylor is an ambassador of jazz," said conservatory President David Rivel. "From his early days as house pianist at Birdland to his founding of the Harlem-based Jazzmobile, as well as his work as a recording artist and communicator, Billy Taylor's passion and dedication exemplify the very essence of this award." ...

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 Dave Douglas and bassist Mark Dresser. Look for an early spring release. ... 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 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, see www.montrealjazzfestival.worldlinx.com. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report