Al Jarreau

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10/6/2003
Cleveland Jazz Fest To Honor Horace Silver & Tommy LiPuma
JazzFest sets out the Silver for a gala 25th anniversary 10/03/03

John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

Tri-C JazzFest is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year with back-to-back bangs. The festival will present all-star tribute concerts in honor of piano-playing hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver and Grammy-winning record producer Tommy LiPuma, chairman of the Verve Music Group. Both shows will be at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre. Al Jarreau, David Sanborn and Joe Sample have been lined up to perform at the "Silver on Silver" concert at 8 p.m. April 16. Tickets are $85 and $100. Silver, 75, plans to attend. His latest album, "Rockin' With Rachmaninoff," comes out Oct. 28. George Benson, Diana Krall and Dr. John will headline the "Art of Li- Puma" concert at 8 p.m. April 17. Tickets are $85 and $100. Guest of honor LiPuma, 67, is a Cleveland native. He not only was instrumental in the careers of Benson, Krall and Dr. John, but also worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis and Natalie Cole, as well as fellow JazzFest honoree Silver. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. today at Tickets.com outlets, or charge by phone, 216-241-6000. Proceeds will benefit JazzFest's endowment fund. Terri Pontremoli, the festival's managing director, is, well, jazzed about the tributes. She hailed Silver as one of jazz's unsung heroes. And she said LiPuma is one of the top names from Cleveland in the music industry. "These concerts aren't going to be seen anywhere else," Pontremoli said. "It puts us in a national spotlight. . . .Cleveland is going to be the hippest place to be in April." More headliners are expected to be added to both shows. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the trio of Lewis Nash, Christian McBride and Geoff Keezer will provide accompaniment on both nights. In conjunction with JazzFest, paintings from LiPuma's collection of 20th-century American art will be on display from March 28 through July at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Regina Carter performs at 8 p.m. April 22, at the museum. Tickets, $22 and $30, go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the museum ticket office, or charge by phone, 216-421-7350. The 2004 JazzFest kicks off April 14 with a concert by Red (an orchestra) and winds down April 24 with a show by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The festivities also will include a salute to the late composer Tadd Dameron (April 20) and performances by Sam Rivers (April 15), JazzFest artist-in-residence Don Braden (April 21) and Ernie Krivda and Swing City (April 21), among others. Tickets for those shows go on sale in January. To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: jsoeder@plaind.com, 216-999-4562
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