Jazz virtuosos round up for fest


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – James Brown and Etta James will join Woody Allen and 600 other jazz musicians and singers playing at this year’s Rochester International Jazz Festival.

“We’re cookin’ up a musical storm in Rochester” that will include a healthy dash of traditional and modern jazz from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, festival producer John Nugent said Thursday.

The fifth annual, nine-day festival opens June 9 with Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band playing a benefit concert at the Eastman Theater for New Orleans’ dislocated jazz community. The 70-year-old filmmaker and clarinet player rarely performs in large venues or outside New York City.

The festival will feature about 170 performances ranging from formal concerts to free street gigs. Brown, the 72-year-old Godfather of Soul, will be the top draw at the Eastman Theater on June 10. Etta James, best known for her 1960 version of “At Last,” will take the stage June 16 with The Roots Band.

Jazz stalwarts and rising stars in the lineup include singers Sonya Kitchell and Karrin Allyson, saxophonist Phil Woods, violinist Billy Bang, groove-rock band Little Feat, Scandinavian trombonists Sliding Hammers and Rochester’s own Gap Mangione Quintet.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leif Garrett has been sent to jail for 45 days after failing several drug tests while staying in a strict drug rehabilitation program, authorities said.

The 44-year-old former teen idol began the sentence March 30 after a Superior Court commissioner determined he had violated terms of his rehab program, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said Thursday.

Garrett agreed to enter the program for violating probation in a cocaine case stemming from a 2004 arrest.

After his last progress hearing March 9, Garrett told reporters he had made improvement in fighting his addiction.

“I’m going down the right path,” he said at the time.

Commissioner Melissa Widdifield scheduled his next progress hearing for May 11.

Garrett also faces felony heroin possession charges after officers who stopped him Jan. 14 for allegedly trying to ride a Los Angeles subway train without a ticket said they found suspected narcotics. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It was a dream come true for a fan of Motley Crue. For one night, he filled in for injured drummer Tommy Lee.

The lucky guy, Harvey Warren, performed with the rock band Wednesday at the Enmax Center in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Motley Crue’s publicist, Dvora Vener Englefield, said in a statement.

“After playing multiple shows wearing a brace and taking anti-inflammatory injections, Tommy Lee’s doctor instructed him to give his injured right-hand wrist a break after his tendinitis made it difficult for him to perform,” Englefield said.

Warren, a Calgary resident who manages a Starbucks by day, moonlights as a drummer in the Canadian Motley Crue tribute band Broken Toyz.

Lee, 43, hopes to return for a concert Friday in Prince George, Englefield said. There are six dates left on the tour.

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ROME (AP) – An exhibit of Sophia Loren’s family photos, dresses, jewels, awards and career memorabilia was to open Friday at the Vittoriano museum in Rome’s historic center.

The exhibition, titled “Scicolone, Lazzaro, Loren,” begins with photos of her turbulent childhood in southern Italy and follows her rise to stardom.

“I was surprised they wanted to do an exhibition about me. I don’t know if I deserve it,” a tearful Loren said at a news conference Thursday launching the exhibit. “This makes me happy, proud and at loss for words.”

“I remember everything perfectly, because everything I chose (to display) is very important to me,” the 71-year-old actress said. “I never forget anything.”

Her screen credits include “A Countess From Hong Kong” with Marlon Brando and “Houseboat” with Cary Grant. She won an Oscar in 1962 for “Two Women.”

The show runs through May 7.

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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – Reba McEntire is back as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

McEntire will preside over the 41st edition of the show, which will air live May 23 on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Burbank-based Academy announced Thursday. It will be the eighth time she has hosted the show.

“Her wit, comic timing, and her relationship with the artists bring a dynamic to the awards that I think is unprecedented in our industry,” Bob Romeo, Academy executive director, said in a statement.

The 51-year-old actress-singer stars on the WB’s “Reba.”

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul says that a man assaulted her at a private party over the weekend, according to a police report.

On Tuesday, Abdul filed the report at the Hollywood station claiming she had been a victim of battery about 1 a.m. Sunday, police Lt. Paul Vernon said Thursday.

“According to Abdul, the man at the party argued with her, grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a wall,” Vernon said. “She said she had sustained a concussion and spinal injuries.”

Abdul provided police with the name of the man, but Vernon withheld it pending further investigation. The man has not been charged, Vernon said.

Abdul’s publicist Michelle Bega declined to comment. The incident was first reported by Us Weekly magazine.

Abdul, who shares judging duties on Fox’s hit talent show with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, appeared as scheduled on this week’s “American Idol.”

Last week, she signed a deal to remain on the show for another three years.

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