Jazz Beat: Dave Douglas, Poncho Sanchez, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra ...

Trumpeter and his sextet to perform free show at Lincoln Center.

Who says New York is expensive? Trumpeter Dave Douglas and his sextet perform outdoors for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night (Aug. 15) — uptown, no less — at Lincoln Center. ...

Six children were taken to San Jose, Calif., hospitals after an inflatable slide, made to look like the Titanic, collapsed at the San Jose Jazz Festival on Saturday (Aug. 12), the San Jose Mercury News reported. The slide was there to entertain the kids while parents watched percussionist Poncho Sanchez, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and others at the festival. When the mock ship began to lose air, 14 children and an operator slipped off. All of the children were treated and released from the hospitals. ...

If you're stuck in Labor Day–weekend traffic — or not — consider tuning into your local National Public Radio station, which will broadcast live percussionist Poncho Sanchez, pianist Dr. John and others performing from the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival. From 6–11 p.m. on Sept. 1–4, participating NPR affiliates will air some of the 125 performances that will take place on the Detroit waterfront. Other artists at the event include singers Nancy Wilson and Abbey Lincoln, trombonist Steve Turre, vibes man Stefon Harris and trumpeter Terence Blanchard. ...

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

begin their 2000–01 season Sept. 24, at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, with a performance of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's new film score to the 1925 Oscar Micheaux silent film, "Body and Soul." The film features the screen debut of the great singer Paul Robson. Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are co-producing the event, which takes place during the New York Film Festival. For more information: www.jazzatlincolncenter.org. ...

Black Entertainment Television announced Monday (Aug. 14) that it will begin webcasting its jazz videos, documentaries, concerts and movies via broadband applications. BET will use Broadserve to provide streaming television programs as well as on-demand programming. Only authorized members of Broadserve will have access to BET's online broadcasts. ...

Singer Nancy Wilson will be feted at "Women in Jazz — A Tribute to Nancy Wilson and the Women Legends of Jazz" on Sept. 12 at New York's Merkin Hall. Diane Schuur, The Savoy Swingers, Sherrie Maricle and the 15-piece all-women jazz band Diva will perform, and a host of female jazz luminaries will be in attendance, including singer Annie Ross, trumpeter Jean Davis, pianist Jane Jarvis and various members of the 1930s all-women band Sweethearts of Rhythm. Tickets are $60, but those coughing up $100 get to attend a 5 p.m. panel discussion led by pianist/educator Billy Taylor and hang out with many of the stars. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success New York, a nonprofit organization that helps find jobs for low-income women. Tickets are available at (212) 501-3330. ...

Saxophone great Charles Lloyd's new CD The Water Is Wide (ECM) hits stores next week with a juicy lineup of Brad Mehldau on piano, John Abercrombie on guitar, Larry Grenadier on bass and the incomparable Billy Higgins on drums. ...

Bela Fleck of Flecktones fame may be getting all the banjo attention these days, but when it comes to sheer flat-out virtuosity, there's no topping Tony Trischka, 51, who checks into the New York club Tonic on Aug. 29 for a rare gig. Lots of other great acts are at Tonic, too, for the rest of the month, pianist Myra Melford, cornetist Butch Morris and the Netherlands' amazing ICP Orchestra among them. Check out www.tonic107.com. ...

As a prelude to Ken Burns' 10-episode "Jazz" documentary, which premieres Jan. 8 on PBS stations, Columbia/Legacy and Verve Records are teaming up to release boatloads of CDs on Nov. 7 under the Jazz imprimatur. A five-CD box set will contain music drawn from the documentary, a single CD of music picked by Burns will deliver an overview of jazz history, and each label will release 11 artist compilation discs. That's a grand total of 28 discs. The music will be drawn not only from the Columbia and Verve vaults, but also from several other labels that licensed music to Jazz. ...

How blue can you get? We're not sure of their methodology, but the folks at British pop magazine New Musical Express have compiled a list of the 10 albums most played by the chronically distraught. Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours (recorded when he supposedly had been considering suicide after splitting up with Ava Gardner) and Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin keep company with suicide-struck acts such as Nick Drake, Joy Division and Nirvana. The #1 depresso album on the list is Big Star's Sister Lovers. ...

Saxophonist Jimmy Heath, trumpeters Jon Faddis and Lew Soloff, and 14 other former members of Dizzy Gillespie's band will play in the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band to begin the 2000–01 jazz season of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, which runs Sept. 21–24. The guild, located in Pittsburgh, originally was created in 1968 to promote art and music in the district of Manchester. The series will run until May 20. Other performers include saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, guitarist Martin Taylor and pianist Diane Schuur. ...

Party at Mayor Giuliani's! Pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and others will perform at this year's J&R Downtown JazzFest, which runs Aug. 24–26 at New York's City Hall Park. The free event also will include performances by guitarist Jeff Golub and saxophonists Joe Lovano and David Sanchez. The fest's Web site (www.jazzfest2000.com) will Webcast the proceedings. J&R Music will host a Tech Expo in its retail complex across the street, at which technology companies will show off their wares and host seminars. ...

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Chico Hamilton will headline this year's Sunnyside Jazz Festival, Aug. 26–27 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Located 45 minutes north of the city, the shows will take place on the Washington Irving property. Concertgoers will also be able to visit the house and museum of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" author. Other performers include guitarist Gil Parris and saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Sonny Fortune. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report