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The Lookout: Jazz

By Bill Beuttler
Globe Staff / June 5, 2005

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Northern lights: The summer jazz festival season kicks off with the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (June 30-July 10), whose multiple offerings each year include a several-concert tribute to one artist performing in a variety of contexts. This year, it's guitarist Pat Metheny, who over four nights beginning July 5 will be featured in a trio with Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez; in duets with Charlie Haden and Mick Goodrick; with a group comprising Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, and Sanchez; and with the Dewey Redman Quartet. We know it's not right around the corner, but if you can make the drive (or fly), the festival promises to be well worth the trip for jazz aficionados. Call 800-361-4595 or visit www.montrealjazzfest.com.

Closer to home: Of course, one needn't necessarily leave town to see jazz. The Regattabar's summer lineup has a couple of shows especially worth looking forward to: Ron Carter will be in with his classically elegant drumless trio, featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller and guitarist Russell Malone on July 7-8. And jazz's wittiest working lyricist, Dave Frishberg, will be singing and playing piano on July 27-28. Call 617-395-7757 or visit www.regattabarjazz.com.

Weekend warriors: The festival closest to downtown takes place in Marblehead, and isn't really a festival so much as a series of a half-dozen Saturday night concerts at Marblehead's Unitarian-Universalist Church. Still, the lineup for Marblehead Summer Jazz 2005 is first-rate, topped off by trumpeter Tom Harrell (June 25), alto saxophonist Frank Morgan (Aug. 6), and pianist-vocalist Mose Allison (Aug. 20). Call 781-631-1528 or visit www.marbleheadjazz.org.

By the sea: The granddaddy of summer festivals is the Newport jazz festival (Aug. 11-14), where this year Boston native Roy Haynes will celebrate his 80th birthday on Aug. 13. Joining Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band will be Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride, each of whom will also be performing with bands of their own at Newport that weekend. Call 866-468-7619 or visit www.festivalproductions.net.

That's a wrap: Summer ends with Labor Day, and the festival season wraps up with the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Sept. 2-4. This year's standouts include Tony Bennett singing with the Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday night, a Sunday afternoon concert by tenor sax great Sonny Rollins, and a live taping of Marian McPartland's ''Piano Jazz" with guest Madeleine Peyroux on Saturday afternoon. Call 888-266-1200 or visit www.bso.org.

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