Billboard Bits: Bad Plus, Jazz Fest, Kathleen Edwards

News on Bad Plus, Jazz Fest, Kathleen Edwards

PlusJazz trio the Bad Plus will on March 15 release the concert document "Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo" via Columbia. The eight-track set finds the band running through such rock numbers as Queen's "We Are the Champions" and Blondie's "Heart of Glass," as well as a 13-minute take on the group's own "Silence Is the Answer" and an excerpt of the standard "My Funny Valentine."

The group will be on the road this spring in support of 2004's "Give," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. Dates begin Thursday (Feb. 17) at New York's Village Vanguard and run through a June 18 appearance at the annual Indianapolis Jazz Fest.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

WilsonBrian Wilson, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk and the John Butler Trio are among the new additions to the lineup for the 2005
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Taking place April 22-24 and April 28-May 1, the event has also added Kem, Julieta Venegas, Charles Teony of Brazil, Michael Ward, Jonathan Batiste and Slightly Stoopid to the bill, among others.

Tickets are available via the festival's Web site and Ticketmaster. Advance daily tickets are $20 through Feb. 22, when the price will rise to $25; tickets will cost $35 at the gate.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

EdwardsSinger/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has begun setting up tour dates in support of her forthcoming Zoe/Rounder album, "Back to Me." A handful of shows in her native Canada open Feb. 22 in Peterborough, Ont., with a smattering of U.S. shows set in March and May.

The night of the album's release, Edwards will play New York's Canal Room and appear on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." A March 22 show is also set in Los Angeles. Judging by a steady stream of roadwork in support of her critically acclaimed 2003 debut, "Failer," many more dates are likely to follow.

"Failer" debuted at No. 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 76,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Edwards' confirmed dates:

Feb. 22: Peterborough, Ont. (Gordon Best Theatre)
Feb. 23: Hamilton, Ont. (The Casbah)
Feb. 25-26: Wakefield, Quebec (The Black Sheep Inn)
March 1: New York (Canal Room)
March 22: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory)
May 10: Boston (Paradise)
May 11: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.