Caramoor: Summer Jazz

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In the tradition of great summertime jazz festivals worldwide, the 2006 Caramoor International Music Festival will present two days of jazz with a lineup featuring distinguished jazz masters and emerging young stars. Joe Lovano, Caramoor’s Artistic Director of Jazz and a widely acclaimed tenor saxophone player, and Jim Luce, Caramoor’s Jazz Festival Producer, have programmed the all-day Jazz Festivals on two successive Saturdays - July 29 and August 5. This will be Caramoor’s thirteenth consecutive Jazz Festival, and over the years the Festival has celebrated the artistry of musicians representing the entire spectrum of jazz.

Caramoor’s jazz concerts are held in the Venetian Theater, with hourly sets beginning at 2:30 p.m. Following a dinner break at 6:30 p.m., the final set commences at 8:00 p.m. Both all-day programs are designed to allow visitors to come and go throughout the day and evening. Tickets for each all-day Jazz Festival are priced at $45.00 and $55.00. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Caramoor Box Office at 914-232-1252 or online at

“Caramoor is an active participant in America's living musical arts. We are proud to be a home for the celebration of serious musical legacies as well as new music,� said Michael Barrett, Caramoor’s Chief Executive and General Director. He continued, “The Jazz Festival at Caramoor, headed by Joe Lovano, is an important part of our mission. Bringing focus to Django Reinhard's important legacy, through his disciples, those most closely in tune with his work, and MyCoy Tyner's pianistic mastery should give our audience a nourishing dose of America's indigenous art form, jazz, and show its influence around the world.�

The Rodney Kendrick Trio, led by pianist Rodney Kendrick, launches the festival on July 29 with a 2:30 p.m. program that ranges from swing to stride and bebop.

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built the great house and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival today. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor - the house with its art collection; the gardens; and the musical programs on summer evenings - the Rosens established a Foundation to open Caramoor to the public in perpetuity.

Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: The Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today. Under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.

Caramoor is a Garden of Great Music. “We invite people to come early, explore our beautiful grounds, take a tour of the House Museum, visit our gift shops, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in a relaxed setting,� advises Paul Rosenblum, Caramoor's Managing Director. With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.� - The New York Times

Caramoor is easy to get to by car or mass transportation. From Manhattan, take the Caramoor Caravan and ride comfortably in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach. Round trip service is $21 and is available for all Saturday and Sunday performances during the Festival. The Caravan departs from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Upper West Side and East Side locations. Call the Box Office (914-232-1252) for further information and reservations. By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available. By car: (West Side Manhattan, New Jersey) Take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right, and at the first traffic light make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (Detailed directions: 914-232-5035, press 2 or online at

Tickets may be ordered by calling the Box Office at 914-232-1252 or online at

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