20th Anniversary of the Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
2013 Summer Festival Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of The Jazz Festival / July 26-28

The celebratory weekend features performances by
• The Mingus Big Band in the Genius of Mingus 1963: 50th Anniversary Concert
• Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
• Delfeayo Marsalis Presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
• Luciana Souza: The Book of Chet and Brazilian Duos
• Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators
• Vijay Iyer
• James Carter Organ Trio
• Charles Tolliver Big Band
• Lionel Loueke Trio
• Adam Makowicz Trio
• And Introducing Luis Perdomo and Benito Gonzalez

KATONAH, NY – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents the 2013 Jazz Festival celebrating the20th anniversary of the Caramoor Jazz Festival. From July 26 – 28, audiences can enjoy some of today’s most influential artists in jazz on Caramoor’s distinguished 90-acre garden estate in Katonah, N.Y. One of the most vital jazz events in the region each summer, the annual Festival – organized by Jazz Producer Jim Luce – is renowned for its star-studded lineup of jazz greats and new forces on the scene.

Kicking off the celebratory weekend on July 26 is emerging jazz pianist Luis Perdomo and his exciting blend of Latin and jazz rhythms. Grammy® award-winning singer and songwriter Luciana Souza will headline the evening performing selections from her most recent album, The Book of Chet and Brazilian Duos – an interpretation of the music of trumpeter and singer Chet Baker.

The July 27 sets capture the sheer breadth of global influences on the jazz scene today. The day begins with Polish pianist and composer Adam Makowicz and his trio, performing a set rife with classical and jazz influences. Next will be the sounds of the acclaimed Charles Tolliver Big Band. Grammy nominee, pianist Vijay Iyer, blends music from his native India with jazz, classical, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, and electronica. A high-energy celebration of world-rhythms and jazz melodies by pianist Benito Gonzalez prepares the audience for the evening’s headliner, the swingin’ Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.

On July 28, Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca returns to Caramoor with Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators, a group that challenges the boundaries of jazz by fusing it with the syncopated nature of Afro-Caribbean music forms, using an interpretive musical approach echoing Duke Ellington’s Colored Syncopators. The Lionel Loueke Trio follows with an elegant mixture of Afropop and jazz. The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet makes its Caramoor debut with bassist Will Goble, drummer David Potter and pianist Austin Johnson. The James Carter Organ Trio – known for a repertoire that includes jazz, swing, ballads, gospel and blues – warms up the crowd before the Mingus Big Band takes the stage for a celebration of the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus in “The Genius of Mingus 1963: 50th Anniversary Concert.”

Tickets for July 26th are $25, $35, and $45. Tickets for July 27th and 28th are $15, $25, $40 and $55. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or matthew@caramoor.org.

For press tickets, images, and/or artist information, contact Brittnee Walker at 412.601.2474 or bwalker@lcohnpr.com


For more information about Luis Perdomo, visit: www.luisperdomojazz.com
For more information about Luciana Souza, visit: www.lucianasouza.com
For more information about the Charles Tolliver Big Band, visit: www.charlestolliver.com
For more information about Lionel Loueke, visit: www.lionelloueke.com
For more information about the Adam Makowicz Trio, visit: www.makowiczmusic.com
For more information about Benito Gonzalez, visit: ww.benitogonzalez.com
For more information about Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, visit:www.delfeayomarsalis.com
For more information about Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators, visit: www.eliovillafranca.net
For more information about Vijay Iyer, visit: www.vijay-iyer.com
For more information about the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, visit: www.jasonmarsalis.com
For more information about the James Carter Organ Trio, visit: www.jamescarterlive.com
For more information about the Mingus Big Band, visit: www.mingusmingusmingus.com


“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.

Concert Venues and Gardens
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 4, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.


Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from
Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part by an award from the
National Endowment for the Arts.