5th Annual Integrity Jazz Festival FREE – in support of flood relief!


May 28, 2012 – For the past year the condition of Minot’s parks has been at the forefront of area news. The 2011 Integrity Jazz Festival was the last event to take place in Roosevelt Park before the flood. Since that venue is still not ready for this 5th annual event, the 2012 festival will be held in the Scandinavian Heritage Park on June 23, 2012.  Numerous sponsors have partnered with the Integrity Jazz Festival Committee to offer this exciting event FREE in support of flood relief.

“When our committee decided to make the 5th Annual Integrity Jazz Festival a free event, every member began making contacts to reach our goal.” “The generous response from our sponsors has been heartwarming – they have made this event possible! We are so grateful!” said Minot Area Council of the Arts Executive Director, Terri Aldrich.  Major sponsors include Integrity Viking Funds, The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau and Off the Vine.

The day begins with a 5- K run at 9 AM. “It’s a fast flat track” according to run coordinator Allen MacGeough. Then folks can settle in at the Scandinavian Heritage Park for a full day of nonstop entertainment from 1 – 8 PM. The family friendly atmosphere is enhanced by artists and artisans, prizes, food and jazz! A jam session will follow the festival from 9 PM – 1 AM with session location to be announced.

Festival entertainment includes local favorite Soulshine. They first appeared at the festival in 2009 and their eclectic mix of blues, pop and jazz was a crowd pleaser. The Chris Hanson Jazz Quartet joins us from Fargo. Chris has strong roots in Minot and is excited to bring his group to the event. A youth spotlight performance will feature several talented student award winners.

Capping off the day, vocalist Amanda Carr joins with Everett Longstreth’s Big-Band to perform some of America’s most cherished music in “A Tribute to Benny Goodman and (North Dakota’s own) Peggy Lee”.  This tribute show has received rave reviews across the country.

Everett Longstreth began his musical career with his father’s orchestra touring “the ballroom circuit” in the South and Midwest. He later appeared with Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle and Harry James. Since the formation of his own orchestra and the creation of “A tribute to Benny Goodman” he is booked regularly across the nation. His original arrangements have been published in Down Beat Magazine and he has authored textbooks on orchestral arranging.

Amanda Carr comes from a rich jazz heritage. Her grandmother played stride piano for vaudeville acts in the 1920s.  She is the daughter of Nick Capezuto, trumpeter for Glenn Miller, Larry Clinton, and Woody Herman and big band vocalist Nancy Carr.  Amanda established her own name as an international jazz artist at the EuroJazz Festival in Italy. Nominated for the 2010 Jazz Music Artist of the year in Boston, Carr has also earned an Emmy nomination for her own compositions for 2 PBS documentaries.

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