Singer Diana Krall headlines the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland, running from April 215, and bluesy jazz organist Jimmy McGriff is the marquee act at the Cape May (N.J.) Jazz Festival from April 79.
The Tri-C festival begins with a taping of the radio program "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" at Severance Hall. Hosted by pianist Billy Taylor, the show will feature a performance by jazz harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans and will be broadcast at a later date on National Public Radio.
The rest of the lineup includes Dave Holland's quintet on April 6, Latin Jazz Night with Jimmy Bosch and the Masters and Jovenes del Barrio on April 7. Blues Night with Buddy Guy, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shemekia Copeland is April 14, and Krall, who won a Grammy this year for Best Jazz Vocal Performance with When I Look in Your Eyes (1998), featuring "Popsicle Toes" (RealAudio excerpt), performs on April 15.
"In the past, we've had an overall theme. This year it's more eclectic. There are a lot of different things going on," Thomas Horning, JazzFest's executive director, said.
The full schedule is listed at www.cleveland.com/jazzfest.
Louis Armstrong's centenary is the theme of the smaller Cape May festival. Acts ranging from trumpeter Roy Hargrove and soul-jazz saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman to drummer Joe Chambers' New York City Sextet, featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis, will pay homage to Satchmo.
The festival also features audience-participation jam sessions and workshops. More information is listed at the festival's Web site (www.capemayjazz.com).