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Texaco Press Release - Texaco New York Jazz Festival to Turn New York City Into "Jazz Capital"


The Largest, Most Diverse Collection of Jazz Musicians Ever Assembled


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 6 - Texaco Inc. and The Knitting Factory are proud to present the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, an eclectic mix of more than 300 musicians, ranging from traditional jazz to the avant-garde. The Festival kicks off on Monday evening, June 16, with a performance by the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the New York Academy of Art.

The Heath Brothers, Ginger Baker, Jean-Luc Ponty, T.S. Monk, Dewey Redman, Don Was, Morphine, the World Saxophone Quartet, Ben Folds Five and Pharoah Sanders are just some of the headline acts from this year's diverse Festival schedule. The Texaco New York Jazz Festival, which runs from June 16 through June 30, is being produced by Michael Dorf and the Knitting Factory -- one of New York's premier venues for jazz and new music.

The Texaco New York Jazz Festival is designed to celebrate New York City's diversity and extraordinary mix of jazz styles ranging from Latin jazz to the avant-garde. Many well known and up-and-coming artists will perform at top venues across the city, including the Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, SOBs, Birdland, the Gershwin Hotel, Biblios, Roulette and the Knitting Factory. The Festival's schedule also includes free outdoor performances in Central Park, the Brooklyn Bandshell, Battery Park and the World Trade Center and, for the first time in the Festival's history, underground performances at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station.

Festival Complements Texaco's Decades-Long Support for the Arts

"Texaco's sponsorship of the New York Jazz Festival is just the latest of the company's many programs aimed at promoting the performing arts and cultural life in the United States and around the world," said Chuck Kosich, Texaco's General Manager of Advertising and Sales Promotion. "We are extremely proud to join with the Knitting Factory to bring to New York one of the biggest and best celebrations of that most American of art forms... jazz!"

The Texaco-Metropolitan Opera partnership is Texaco's best-known endeavor in the arts. The company's support for the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts, now in its 57th season, is the longest-running corporate sponsorship of an arts program anywhere. The broadcasts today reach audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

"While our work with the Met may be well-known worldwide, it is by no means our only effort to support artists and musicians," Kosich continued. In the jazz arena, Texaco recently underwrote the television broadcast of Marsalis On Music, an innovative and educational music appreciation program series created and hosted by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The company has also sponsored performances by the Jazzmobile of Harlem and by Paquito D'Rivera, the saxophonist famous for combining traditional Latin beats with improvisations.

In the New York metropolitan area, Texaco has long supported the Lincoln Center, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the New York City Ballet, the Boys Choir of Harlem and other leading cultural institutions.

Texaco's support for jazz, classical music and dance stems from a commitment to arts and culture in the many cities and communities around the world where the company has a presence. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the London City Ballet and the Young Musicians of Wales are among the many institutions to benefit from Texaco's support.

For a complete concert schedule and additional information about the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, call the Knitting Factory at (212) 219-3006 or visit the Texaco New York Jazz Festival website at

Updated: June 1997