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By Buzz Jones, Gettysburg Festival Artistic Director for Jazz

March 26, 2009


 Are you a jazz fan? If so, Gettysburg is THE place to be in late June. Our artist lineup is almost complete for the 2009 festival.  


Of special note is the concert by legendary Ahmad Jamal and his quartet on June 27 at the Majestic Theater.  I thought it was particularly appropriate to invite Mr. Jamal to perform here since he is a Pennsylvania native.  Born in Pittsburgh in 1930, he is recognized as one of the most creative and influential pianists of the past two generations.  Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, and Keith Jarrett all cite Ahmad as a major influence on their playing.  Clint Eastwood used two selections from the seminal 1958 album But Not For Me in his film The Bridges of Madison County.  My favorite recording of Ahmad is on bassist Ray Brown’s 1995 CD Some of My Best Friends Are … Piano Players. Listen to what he does with W.C. Handy’s Saint Louis Blues… unbelievable!


Don’t miss the chance to hear one of the most revered improvisors in jazz history. More later on some of other featured artists and the Mason-Dixon Jazz Camp.