2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Announces Nnenna Freelon, Mulgrew Miller and Spencer Day as Special Guests on “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland

Produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival line-up includes Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Donal Fox, Christian Scott, Eddie Daniels, Mark O’Connor, Jane Monheit, Joe Locke, Eliane Elias and Edmar Castaneda, August 29-31.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the addition of vocalists Nnenna Freelon and Spencer Day, and pianist, Mulgrew Miller to the 2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival lineup. They will be the special guests of Marian McPartland for the live taping of “Piano Jazz” for NPR in celebration of Ms. McPartland’s 90th birthday on August 29 – 31, 2008.

Returning again this year is the popular Jazz Café, an informal, cabaret style venue that features emerging talent. This year’s artists in the Jazz Café are the Aaron Parks Quintet, the Kate McGarry Trio, the Jason Palmer Quintet, the Spencer Day Quartet, and the Alex Brown Trio.

Available again this year is an all-day lawn pass for Saturday and Sunday for $33 per day.

The full lineup also includes Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Donal Fox, Christian Scott, Eddie Daniels, Mark O’Connor, Jane Monheit, Joe Locke, Eliane Elias, and Edmar Castaneda.

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Tickets for the 2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival are available by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org. and in person at the Tanglewood Box Office in Lenox. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood Grounds Maintenance Fee. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492.

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is also sponsored by JazzTimes Magazine and Jazzcorner.com.

2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Ticket Prices:

Friday, August 29, 6:30 pm
Aaron Parks Quartet
Jazz Café
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Friday, August 29, 8:00 pm
Edmar Castaneda Trio with special guest Joe Locke
Eliane Elias “Something For You” A Tribute to Bill Evans
Tickets: $41-59/lawn $17

Saturday, August 30, 12:30 pm
Kate McGarry Trio
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Saturday, August 30, 2:00 pm
A Celebration of Marian McPartland’s 90th Birthday
Special guests Nnenna Freelon, Mulgrew Miller, Spencer Day
A live taping for “Piano Jazz” on NPR
Tickets: $31-49/lawn $18

Saturday, August 30, 6:30 pm
Jason Palmer Quintet
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Saturday, August 30, 8:00 pm
Donal Fox: Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project with special guest Christian Scott
Dianne Reeves
Tickets: $44-70/lawn $19

Sunday, August 31, 12:30 pm
Spencer Day Quartet
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Sunday, August 31, 2:00 pm
Eddie Daniels Quartet
Mark O’Connor’s “Hot Swing” with special guest Jane Monheit
Tickets: $31-49/lawn $18

Sunday, August 31, 6:30 pm
Alex Brown Trio
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Sunday, August 31, 8:00 pm
Terence Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)” with 35 piece orchestra

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