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Music giants to headline

BURLINGTON - It was Tax Day for all of us, tea party day for some, Sax Day for others. On April 15, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival unveiled its complete Summer 2009 program, and while frantic filers fled to the Post Office, saxophone lovers celebrated.

Branford Marsalis and Grace Kelly have strong sax appeal.

Winner of three Grammy Awards, Marsalis vigorously and creatively explores post-bop jazz (Coltrane and company) within a Quartet that has held and jelled together for a decade. The group's latest album, "Metamorphosen," underscores the ensemble's evolution as well as the development of each individual member. Marsalis will perform on the Flynn MainStage on June 12.

Grace Kelly, at age 16, is one-third as old as Marsalis, but she is already recognized as a first-class jazz saxophonist. Among the many honors she has garnered is the 2008 Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year." Discover the future of jazz when the Grace Kelly Quintet plays the intimate FlynnSpace on June 9.

Do you believe that you shouldn't have sax without love? Pianist and singer Diana Krall will undoubtedly satisfy you on June 7 when she sings ballads based on the bossa nova, the dance of love. Honey-voiced Krall has won two Grammys, and the New York Times recommends that you keep her latest album, "Quiet Nights," "where it wants to be: in bed, with the perfect lover."

Want still more? Vocalist China Forbes and pianist Tom Lauderdale will lead the 12-member-band Pink Martini into Burlington on June 13. Expect a range of styles and foreign languages as the little orchestra jazzes up the Flynn MainStage in the way a splash of cassis makes an otherwise dry martini sweeter and more colorful.

The Onion River Jazz Band, the Rubberbucket Orchestra, Jennifer Hartswick, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher, Esperanza Spalding, and many other top jazz performers will be in Burlington during the festival's June 5-14 timeframe.

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