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2008 Capital Jazz Fest – Hot Fun

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Plans for the 16th annual Capital Jazz Fest to held from June 6-8, 2008 are on the way. Capital Jazz Fest known to be one of the largest jazz festival will attract some of the industry’s biggest contemporary jazz acts, who will be performing on two stages simultanelously over two days.
CJF is more than just a concert, it’s a musical and social event. Personally, I would say that as a patron, you get to people-watch, eat, drink, shop for art, mingle, relax and of course satify your musical appetite.
The Pavilion Stage will showcase the best in contemporary jazz and will be hosted by Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin. Featured artists include Chris Botti, Randy Crawford, Joe Sample, Dianne Reeves, Brian Culbertson, The Funk Experience, Roberta Flack, and many more.
The Symphony Woods Stage will showcase urban and alternative artists and will be hosted by Tony Richards. Featured artists include Jeffrey Osborne, Ledisi, Average White Band, Howard Hewett, Plunky, and many more. And this year’s Friday kickoff concert will feature a special performance by Boney James and Brian McKnight.
After the show, check out the late night after-parties, plus the 5th Annual Capital Jazz Challenge competition, featuring some of the finest up-and-coming contemporary jazz talent, to be held this year at the Hilton Columbia Hotel.
Stay tune for more scoop.

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  1. Reggie
    June 8, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I have been a fan of Capital Jazz Fest since 1998, and found their concerts stellar until the last two years. The past 2 years are reminiscent of the Hampton Jazz Festivals during the late 1980’s: devoid of jazz. The lineups have been heavy with artists more aligned with the smooth jazz format, which is instrumental pop music. Capital lineups that left me in great anticipation. I once characterized the festival as jazz heaven. That feeling has generated only frustration and sadness in the past 2 years. As a result, I have substituted the festival for concerts featuring single artists.

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