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Diverse lineup set for Jazz Holiday

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

Flutist Herbie Mann will be the headliner for the 17th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, it was announced Wednesday.

Other performers include drummer and band leader T. S. Monk, percussionist Tito Puente, French violinist Stephan Grappelli, and Nelson Rangell, a Denver-based saxophonist and flutist.

The schedule also includes local musicians Jeff Berlin, a Clearwater bass player; Manfredo Fest, a Palm Harbor musician known for blending jazz and Brazilian music; and Jack Wilkins, a University of South Florida instructor.

The free festival will be Oct. 17-20 at Coachman Park in Clearwater.

Jane Malagon, a spokeswoman for the event, said this year's lineup will mix traditional and contemporary jazz, so that fans of both genres will learn something.

"This entire lineup is a real good blend for every jazz lover," she said. "I think that the neat thing about our program is you can be introduced to acts you might not have otherwise been exposed to."

Malagon also said concertgoers will be treated to an expanded number of food booths this year. Seventeen restaurants will provide food for the event, including Alessi Bakery, Hooters, Shell's, Leverock's, Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Mann will close the four-day festival with a 75-minute performance Oct. 20. He is a jazz flutist who has traveled the world since the 1950s but has always favored Brazilian music.

Monk is the son of the late Thelonious Monk, the pianist and composer who was one of the founders of the jazz style that became known as bebop. Having grown up with jazz greats around the house, the younger Monk is a drummer and band leader who has established his own place in the jazz world.

"I can't do what my father did musically," he once said. "But I can do some other things that I don't think many other people in this business can do the way that I can."

Puente has been called the "King of Mambo," a style of music that he can arrange, compose, perform and dance.

Rangell performed at last year's jazz holiday. "He whistled an entire song," Malagon said. "It was the most wonderful thing you've ever heard. . . . People thought, "What instrument is that?' "

_ Times pop music critic Eric Deggans contributed for this report.