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News on Carlos Santana, JVC Jazz Fest, XingolatiAlthough details are scant at deadline, Santana's next studio album has been christened "All That I Am," Billboard.com has learned. Expected June 21 via Arista, it's the follow-up to 2002's "Shaman," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"The album has some amazing Santana band songs and some tight collaborations with guest artists that you will surely hear on your favorite radio stations this summer," read a February message on his official Web site.
Santana will begin a summer North American tour May 30 in Tampa, Fla.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Tickets are on sale for New York's JVC Jazz Festival, which will feature more than 300 artists performing in the city from June 14-25. Among the highlights is a 90th birthday tribute to legendary guitarist Les Paul on June 19 at Carnegie Hall, featuring performances by the artist, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Journey's Neal Schon, Derek Trucks and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others.
Debby Boone, John Pizzarelli, Dianne Reeves and Brian Stokes Mitchell are on the bill for a June 20 Carnegie Hall tribute to the late Rosemary Clooney, while Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette will play a previously announced trio show on June 22 at the venue.
Among the other notable acts confirmed to perform during the festival are Harry Connick Jr., Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Bela Fleck with Jean-Luc Ponty, the Bad Plus and Stanley Clarke. For more information, visit the event's official Web site.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Flaming Lips have signed on to headline the inaugural Xingolati Groove Cruise. As previously reported, the three-day, three-night charter will depart Los Angeles Oct. 14 en route to Ensenada, Mexico, on board the Carnival Cruise Lines' ship Paradise.
Medeski Martin & Wood has also joined the lineup, which boasts previously announced performers G. Love & Special Sauce, Particle, the John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic, the Everyone Orchestra, DJ Greyboy and others.
More information can be found at the Xingolati Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.