Thursday, March 29, 2007

Al Green to headline 2007 Jazz Fest

Rev. Al Green, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy lifetime achievement award winner, will anchor this year's Indy Jazz Fest, reports the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The Ninth Annual Indy Jazz Fest's lineup, scheduled 15-17 June at Military Park downtown, also includes Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner Trio, Regina Carter, Hiromi, Somi and Spyro Gyra.

Others include James Hunter, Diva with Nnenna Freelon and Rachel Price, Monk Legacy Septet, Ori, Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Monika Herzig & A Tribute to Women in Jazz, Frank Smith and the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.

This year's festival is being produced by the American Pianists Association, which took over the struggling program in 2003.

Last year, attendance fell to a record low of 14,500 despite a lineup that included the Neville Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John.

According to IBJ, backers blamed the dip on bad weather. The three-day festival was plagued by high temperatures and humidity levels as well as rain.

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