By Tony Maiella, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From June 22nd to the 26th, the 2011 Rio das Ostras Jazz & Blues Festival returns for its ninth consecutive year with 29 free concerts and over sixty hours of music from internationally recognized musicians. Sponsored by a partnership between the State Secretariat of Culture of Rio de Janeiro and V & M of Brazil, this year’s festival is expected to attract a crowd of over 10,000.

The festival will feature artists such as Medeski, Martin & Wood with saxophonist Bill Evans, Nicholas Payton, Yellowjackets, Jane Monheit, Tommy Castro . . .

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