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KnitMedia-Produced Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival Is Coming to New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Cyberspace.

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NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 17, 2000

The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, billed by its producers as "the largest and most connected music festival in the world," returns to Washington, D.C. (May 4-7), Philadelphia (May 11-14), Boston (May 17-21) and New York (June 1-11).

"The stylistic and cultural diversity of the year's multi-city programming continues the tradition of pushing the parameters of modern music with an eclectic mix of iconoclastic genre-busting artists," says Michael Dorf, chairman and CEO of KnitMedia and the festival's executive producer. "Bell Atlantic's sponsorship enables us to bring this incredibly diverse and expansive program of music to not only the audiences in New York and the network of venues in Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C., but into the homes of Internet users world-wide."

According to Bruce Gordon, Bell Atlantic group president-Enterprise Business, "The expanded interconnectivity of the 2000 festival allies KnitMedia's groundbreaking experience in live and new media production with Bell Atlantic's telecommunications expertise to allow music fans global access to this most eclectic and creative of music festivals."

Gordon and Dorf note that New York City will continue to be the live focal point of the festival with performances citywide including Ornette Coleman, who will open the New York festival with a world premiere performance of three new compositions. Max Roach & Cecil Taylor, Chick Corea & Origin, Los Lobos, Dr. John, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Jeff "Tain" Watts Experience, The Jazz Mandolin Project, Dave Douglas Sextet, Al Green and John Zorn, are among the other artists scheduled to perform in New York. An opera with elements of musical theater and new music by Steve Nieve, featuring Elvis Costello, is also on tap.

Dorf notes that a complete schedule of events by artist and venue will be accessible via the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival's official web site -- http://www.jazfest.com and on http://www.jazze.com. Web surfers will also be able to access artist bios, view video interviews, listen to music samples and purchase the CDs of Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival performers at the click of a mouse. Tickets to Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival events also will be available on-line, including FREE tickets to see Chick Corea and Origin at New York's Town Hall, which can only be retrieved from JazzE.com.

"Some of the more than 200 Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival performances will be webcast on www.jazze.com and most will be archived," says Gordon, "making this a truly global interactive event."

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With nearly 44 million telephone access lines and 12 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premiere providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest investors in high-information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

KnitMedia is a unique entertainment company which has built itself around the globally recognized brand, The Knitting Factory. Using its "smart clubs" in New York and Hollywood, and forthcoming in Berlin, its music festivals and conferences, record labels, and its wealth of web sites as sources of content, KnitMedia offers the music consumer a synergistic and completely original model of entertainment. This is the eleventh year of producing this jazz festival.

(A selective listing of artists scheduled to perform in the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival:

Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival 2000 Artist Lineup

AMONG THE PERFORMANCES SCHEDULED IN NEW YORK (June 1-11):

- "An Evening With Ornette Coleman" featuring the Ornette

Coleman Trio w/ Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins; Global

Expression Project: Ornette Coleman Trio w/ Charnett Moffett &

Denardo Coleman w/ special guests Badal Roy, Sultan Khan &

Probaker Karaker; Freedom Symbol: Composition for 20 Piece

Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

- Max Roach & Cecil Taylor Duo together for the first time in

the U.S. since 1979, The Funky Meters, Dr. John, Galactic, Al

Green, and Stereolab.

- Free shows at the World Trade Center featuring Neville

Brothers, Robert Cray Band, Jon Lucien, Sex Mob, Los Lobos,

Los Van Van and many others.

- "Welcome To The Voice" An opera, with elements of musical

theater and new music by Steve Nieve, featuring Elvis

Costello, at Town Hall.

- An exclusive engagement of the theatrical music performance

"To Louis Armstrong" with Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride,

Melba Joyce and others... (World Premiere in Washington, D.C.)

AMONG THE ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE OTHER CITIES:

- WASHINGTON D.C. (May 4-7) - Ali Akbar Khan, Paul Bley Trio,

Los Lobos, Ravi Coltrane Quintet, Jazz Mandolin Project, David

Grisman Quintet, David S. Ware Quartet, Sun Ra Arkestra, Chico

Hamilton & Euphoria, Sex Mob, The Jazz Ambassadors, The

Legends Of The Bandstand, The Slip, viperHouse, 3LG, Young &

Rollins, Lake Trout, Joshua Rich, the world premiere of the

theatrical music performance "To Louis Armstrong" with

Christian McBride, Melba Joyce and others...

- PHILADELPHIA (May 11-14) - David Grisman Quintet, Joey

Calderazzo Trio, Mickey Hart, Dave Liebman, Jeff "Tain" Watts

Experience, Jazz Mandolin Project, Me'Shell Ndegeocello,

Yellowman, Charlie Hunter Band, David Sanchez Sextet, Ravi

Coltrane Quintet, Philadelphia's Young Lions, Bobby Zankel,

Sex Mob, Groove Collective, Lake Trout, Duane Eubanks, Mickey

Roker Quartet, Flying Neutrinos, Strangefolk, an exclusive

engagement of "To Louis Armstrong", and others...

- BOSTON (May 17-21) - Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ali Akbar Khan,

Greg Osby Quintet, Dave Douglas Sextet, David S. Ware Quartet,

Roy Hargrove Quintet, Sonny Fortune & Rashied Ali Duo, Ravi

Coltrane Quintet, Sun Ra Arkestra, David Sanchez Sextet, Jane

Monheit Quartet, Joey Calderazzo Trio, Mark Elf, William

Hooker Trio, Joey Calderazzo Trio, Groove Collective, Flying

Neutrinos, Lance Martin Band, Sex Mob, and others...

For updated festival information on events, venues, personnel, show times and ticket prices, log onto the official festival web site: www.jazfest.com
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