Elvis Costello & Dr. John Added to 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Line-up

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Elvis Costello will perform as Marian McPartland's guest for a live taping of NPR's "Piano Jazz" Saturday, September 2, at 3 pm. Dr. John with very special guests to be announced will follow Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, September 2, at 8 pm.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the addition of Elvis Costello and Dr. John to the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival line-up. Costello will be the special guest of Marian McPartland for a live taping of her NPR program, “Piano Jazz,” and Dr. John will perform as the Saturday night headline act with several very special guests to be announced in the near future.

Elvis Costello is best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist, Steve Nieve, and acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Bill Frisell, The Charles Mingus Orchestra and T Bone Burnett.

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists reflecting his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group, The Fairfield Four, and the viol consort, Fretwork, with the counter tenor, Michael Chance. In 2003 he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album, “The Girl in the Other Room.”

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. He received a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, “Painted From Memory.”

Costello’s newest recording “The River in Reverse” with New Orleans musician and composer, Allen Toussaint, will be released June 6 on Verve Records.

McPartland and Costello will perform Saturday, September 2, at 3:00 pm at Ozawa Hall.

Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to family and friends, is the embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His colorful musical career began in the 1950’s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

In the 1960’s he headed west where he continued to be in demand as a session musician playing on recordings by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and many others. It was then that he launched his solo career as Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album, “Gris-gris,” which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

Dr. John’s most recent CD, “Mercenary: The Songs of Johnny Mercer,” will be released May 23 on Blue Note Records.

Dr. John will follow Wynton Marsalis who opens at 8:00 pm, Saturday, September 2, at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Tickets for the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival are available by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or online at http://www.tanglewood.org. Tickets will be available in person at the Tanglewood Box Office in Lenox beginning June 9. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood Grounds Maintenance Fee. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492.

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is sponsored by JazzTimes Magazine and Borders Books.

2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Ticket Prices

Friday, September 1, 8 pm, Seiji Ozawa Hall

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The Big Three Palladium Orchestra

$45, $37, $30, lawn tickets $17

Saturday, September 2, 3 pm, Seiji Ozawa Hall

Marian McPartland

Live taping for NPR’s “Piano Jazz” with special guest Elvis Costello

$45, $37, $30, lawn tickets $17

Saturday, September 2, 8 pm, Koussevitzky Music Shed

Wynton Marsalis

Dr. John with special guests to be announced

$75, $60, $40, lawn tickets $22

Sunday, September 3, 2 pm, Seiji Ozawa Hall

Dizzy Gillespie‘ All Star Big Band

$45, $37, $30, lawn tickets $17

Sunday, September 3, 8 pm, Seiji Ozawa Hall

Dave Brubeck Quartet & Symphonette

$67, $56, $43, lawn tickets $20

For additional information, bios and photos on the performing artists, please review the electronic press kit at http://www.tanglewood.org/presskits/jazzfestival or to request a first-class mailing contact:

Dawn Singh

Dawn Singh Publicity

617-395-7743 (office)

857-544-0739 (cell)

Sean Kerrigan

Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office

617-638-9286

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