NEW YORK Avant saxophonists John Zorn and John Lurie, progressive trumpeter Dave Douglas and innovative electric guitarist Bill Frisell are scheduled to play this summer's JVC Jazz Festival, lending an adventurous tinge to a June 1224 event that until recent years has tended to play it safe.
But unlike the other giant New York summer affair, the Bell Atlantic Festival, the JVC roster is dominated by straight-ahead jazz acts, with helpings of Latin jazz and R&B thrown into the mix.
Singers are well-represented: Diva-of-the-moment Diana Krall plays the Supper Club on June 21. Cassandra Wilson plays Carnegie Hall June 23, competing with Ray Charles at Avery Fisher Hall the same night. Soul queen Aretha Franklin plays Avery Fisher Hall June 24 when jazz star Diane Reeves is up the street at the Beacon Theatre.
Lurie and his Lounge Lizards celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Symphony Space on June 18. The same venue hosts Zorn and his free-jazz Klezmer band Masada, whose repertoire includes the tune "Nevuah" (RealAudio excerpt), on June 12, Douglas and his band Witness on June 22 and Frisell on June 24.
There's also a healthy roster of Latin jazz on the festival. Pianist Michel Camilo brings his group Tomatito into Carnegie Hall on June 21, on the bill with pianist Chucho Valdés' Quintet. Singer Claudia Acuña plays with Ken Navarro Hucho, in a free show in Bryant Park on June 22. Jazz Jam 2000 Face to Face at Carnegie Hall on June 24 features percussionist Tito Puente plus pianist Eddie Palmieri and saxophonist David Sanchez.
For more information, check the festival's Web site (http://festivalproductions.net/jvc/ny/index.shtml).