Sunday Night At Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

Ambrose Akinmusire on the Arena Stage, performing Sunday night with the ‘Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour’. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The last night of the festival is possibly more densely packed with difficult trade-offs than any time slot of the entire three days…

In the Night Club (visible to our webcast viewers starting at 7 p.m.), the B-3 Blowout promises deep satisfaction to aficionados of guitar and organ: John Abercrombie, Larry Goldings and Chester Thompson take the stage with their groups in turn.

Pat Metheny‘s Unity group (with Chris Potter on saxophone) leads off on the arena stage – starting even as I write.

Radio listeners will be treated to Gregory Porter‘s Night Club set (at 7:45 p.m.) and the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour orchestra (featuring Ambrose Akinmusire and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others) at 9 p.m.

Other choices abound: two sets of Pianist Tigran Hamasyan at the Coffee House Gallery is a pick of our own Jeff Dayton-Johnson; Jack DeJohnette and Bill Frisell in a rare duet at Dizzy’s Den, meanwhile, should nicely round out the pair’s generous appearances throughout the weekend.

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