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Saxophonist heads to Spain for San Sebastian Jazz Festival.

Saxophonists David Murray and James Carter, and B.B. King will perform at this year’s San Sebastian Jazz Festival in northern Spain Friday through Wednesday (July 21–26). The main stage for the event will be in the Plaza de la Trinidad in the Old Quarter of the city. Other festival performers include drummer Jack DeJohnette and pianists Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Diana Krall and Uri Caine. More information is available at www.jazzaldia.com. …

The Jazz Mandolin Project and Rob Wasserman’s Space Island will begin the Buzztopia tour on Aug. 21 in San Diego. The tour will consist of 12 U.S. performances, including shows at four House of Blues clubs. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also will join the tour for most of the performances. …

Dr. John, singer Nina Simone and saxophonist Charles Lloyd will highlight the Jazz in Marciac festival in Southwest France from Aug. 4–15. Wynton Marsalis, who premiered his 13-part “Marciac Suite” at the festival in 1997, is expected to attend this year. Other performers include pianist Kenny Barron, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, pianist Ahmad Jamal, saxophonist George Coleman and pianist McCoy Tyner. More information is available at www.marciac.com. …

Columbia Records is releasing new CDs from saxophonists Branford Marsalis and David Sanchez in August. Marsalis’ new album, Contemporary Jazz, is due Aug. 15 and features drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, bassist Eric Revis and pianist Joey Calderazzo. Melaza, due Aug. 8, is Sanchez’s follow-up to his Grammy-nominated album Obsession. The native Puerto Rican gets a hand from Marsalis, pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist Hans Glawischnig, percussionist Pernell Saturnino, saxophonist Miguel Zenon and drummers Adam Cruz and Antonio Sanchez. …

Medeski Martin & Wood, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown will be among the 48 acts at the Kansas City (Mo.) Blues and Jazz Festival from Friday–Sunday (July 21–23). Fifty thousand people are expected to attend the event, which will have three stages, six musical workshops, a rain tent and a late-night jam session with violinist Claude “Fiddler” Williams and pianist Henry Butler. Other artists performing at the festival include the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Pat Morrissey Quintet, guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Spyro Gyra and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. More information is available at www.kcbluesjazz.org. …

Dr. John, pianist Kenny Barron and violinist Regina Carter are on the list of performers for the Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales, UK, on Aug. 11–13. The historic market town will host about 90 shows,
including acts by Cubana Bop, guitarist Jim Hall, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and guitarist color="#003163">Russell Malone. More information is available at www.breconjazz.co.uk. …

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, keyboardist Chick Corea and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will be among the acts at the Russian River Jazz Festival in Guerneville, Calif., on Sept. 9–10. Also playing on the sandy bank of the river north of San Francisco will be percussionist Poncho Sanchez, singer Kevin Mahogany, the Mel Martin/Harold Jones 17-Piece Big Band, Flora Purim & Airto and the Omega Aires Gospel Singers. For more information, go to www.sonic.net/rrjazz. …

Pianist Andy Bey, saxophonist Jackie McLean, pianist Brad Mehldau and violinist Regina Carter are among the list of jazz and classical artists who will perform at the 2000–2001 concert series celebrating the 10th anniversary of Spivey Hall in Morrow, Ga. The series runs from Oct. 7–May 10 and will consist of more than 40 performances. For more information, go to www.spiveyhall.org. …

Regina Carter also will play the JazzThere Festival in Oakland, Calif. Carter will be on an opening day bill that includes vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and alto man Richie Cole. The July 28–30 affair also features sax man Teddy Edwards, piano thunderer McCoy Tyner and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Grover Mitchell. Performances are at the Convention Center, except for some free shows that are at the City Center Stage. For more information, check the festival’s Web site at www.oaklandjazzthere.org/schedule.html. …

Faculty members from the Berklee College of Music in Boston will conduct their annual “Berklee in L.A.” music workshop at Claremont McKenna College, outside of Los Angeles, from July 23–29. Musicians ranging from 15 to 21 years old will get a chance to take courses in guitar, instrumentation, vocalization and Latin jazz. The visiting faculty will begin the workshop with an opening concert and at the end of the week the students will show off their talents in a final performance. …

Pianist/organist Shirley Scott, 66, will receive the mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s 2000 Jazz Living Legacy Award in a ceremony this fall at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Each year the award goes to a jazz musician who has devoted his or her life to jazz education. …

The Netherlands’ venerable seriocomic ICP Orchestra — led by pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink — will tour North America for about a week beginning Aug. 31. The tour will start at the New York club Tonic, hit Chicago, then the West Coast, stopping in Portland, Ore., the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver, British Columbia. Mengelberg and Bennink will stick around after the tour to do some shows of their own — including one with trumpeter Dave Douglas and bassist Brad Jones at New York’s Iridium Sept. 19–24. …

Stalwart bassist George Mraz is keeping busy these days. The Czech is putting the finishing touches on Czech Mate, an album of jazzed-up tunes from his homeland, due in October. Produced by Todd Barkan, the disc will feature Billy Hart on drums, Emil Viklicky on piano and Zuzana Lapcikova on vocals and cymablom. … Mraz also shows up on another return-to-Eastern-Europe-roots CD: singer Helen Merrill‘s Jelena Ana Milcetic, a.k.a. Helen Merrill. Merrill, née Milcetic, was born to Croat parents, and the CD — which features soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy on a few cuts — reflects her roots with a mix of jazz and traditional Croatian music. Verve releases the CD on July 18. …

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform free in New York’s Central Park on Aug. 19 in the concert “Great Jazz on the Great Hill.” The bill will include the Machito Orchestra under the direction of Mario Grillo. For more information, go to www.jazzatlincolncenter.org. …

— sonicnet.com staff report