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Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

May 28, 2014, Comments Off

NPR Special Series: Blue Note at 75 – Watch: Four concert performances By NPR Staff Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call “storied”: so celebrated and impactful that that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the »

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

September 24, 2013, No Comments

In 2009 MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano brought his Us Five band to the festival it featured Esperanza Spalding on bass. Bassist Peter Slavov provides the bassline foundation when Esperanza has other pans in the fire, and the band continues its strong run with 2 drummers to kick the playing to ever new heights. For »

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

September 24, 2013, No Comments

  With a second release just out as a leader, the demand for Linda Oh’s basswork as a sideperson is also on the rise. At the Monterey Jazz Festival, she played with Dave Douglas’ quintet in the nightclub, and also laid down the bottom for the special collaborative Sound Prints quintet project headed up »

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

September 24, 2013, No Comments

  Dave Douglas had the rare distinction for more than one year of receiving top honors in Downbeat’s annual critics awards in the categories of best trumpet player and trumpet TDWR [talent deserving wider recognition]. Though we would be well served to make his more of a household name in the U.S., since 1993 »

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW with Members of 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW with Members of 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

September 23, 2013, No Comments

Listen above, to an 2013 archived interview with three members of the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and Director Paul Contos »

Wayne Shorter at 80

Wayne Shorter at 80

September 22, 2013, No Comments

Wayne Shorter turned 80 years old on August 25 – recently enough for the Monterey Jazz Festival to dedicate this Sunday evening performance on the Jimmy Lyons Main Stage to the saxophonist’s birthday celebration. Shorter is the Commission Artist of this year’s festival: Earlier in the weekend, trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano »

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

September 22, 2013, No Comments

MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano sat in with the young luminaries of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. The collaboration elicited great playing from the (relatively) senior jazz statesman and the younger players alike. For a swinging arrangement of “Streets of Naples,” Lovano’s sax statement was followed by fleet piano work from James Francies. Another highlight: »

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

September 22, 2013, No Comments

The venerable hard-bop/soul-jazz master Lou Donaldson leads off the web streaming from the Night Club stage @ MJF at 7 pm. The alto saxophonist, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has appeared over the years on classic albums with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown. He was an early member of Art »

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

September 22, 2013, No Comments

The first order of business Sunday afternoons at MJF is to celebrate the young cats: accordingly, the Folsom High School Jazz Band – the winning band of the 2013 competition – kicked off the Main Stage broadcasts, They are followed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, comprising the best high-school jazz players from around »

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

September 21, 2013, No Comments

Wayne Shorter composed a suite called “Sound Prints” for this fifty-sixth Monterey Jazz Festival. Rather than performing it himself, Shorter asked saxophonist Joe Lovano (the MJF Artist-in-Residence) and trumpeter Dave Douglas (the MJF Showcase Artist) to play the music. And they did. It sounded great, but it wasn’t easy. Just what it means to »

Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

September 21, 2013, No Comments

The Craig Taborn Quartet began its Night Club set Saturday night (visible to webcast fans at kusp.org) with a forty-minute composition called “Ancient”; the pianist reminded the audience that he had premiered the piece in a trio arrangement at the Coffee House across the Fairgrounds when he played MJF in 2007. It’s a suite »

Saturday Night @ MJF

Saturday Night @ MJF

September 21, 2013, No Comments

Saturday night at 8 pm, you will wish you could be in several places at once. Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano playing new music by Wayne Shorter; Ravi Coltrane at Dizzy’s Den; pianist Craig Taborn finishing up his set at the Night Club. And it doesn’t get any easier to choose as the night »

Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

September 21, 2013, No Comments

The soul-gospel and blue-suited majesty of the Relatives kicks off the afternoon’s performances; they take the show to the more intimate Garden Stage at 5:30. Meanwhile, the legendary George Benson, the original jazz crossover superstar, follow the Relatives on the Main Stage: he’ll be highlighting his new tribute to Nat “King” Cole, and, one »

Joe Lovano Flies Into Interstellar Space

Joe Lovano Flies Into Interstellar Space

September 20, 2013, No Comments

Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson / KUSP MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano‘s first appearance at the Festival brought him to the Garden Stage Friday night with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors: pianist Witness Matlou (Johannesburg, South Africa), drummer Jharis Yokely (St. Louis, MO), bassist Jared Henderson (Sisters, OR), trombonist John Egizi (Ventura, CA), trumpeter Mao Sone (Tokyo, »

Friday night @ MJF

Friday night @ MJF

September 20, 2013, No Comments

It’s the customary embarrassment of riches for the MJF festival-goer this evening – and there are almost as many options for those tuned into KUSP 88.9 FM or kusp.org. A big band that swings and can stop on a dime; Cuban nonagenarians on the Main Stage and a Cuban thirty-something piano marvel on the »

2013 Live Broadcast Schedule

2013 Live Broadcast Schedule

September 10, 2013, No Comments

Pictured above: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa. Photo: Alejandro Perez Radio broadcast only  (no webstream) Schedule subject to change. Friday Night, Sept. 20 8:00 p.m. Gregory Porter 9:20 p.m. Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra 10:50 p.m. Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa Saturday Afternoon, Sept. 21 1:00 p.m. »

2013 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Revealed

2013 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Revealed

April 1, 2013, No Comments

Lineup Announced for the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20-22, 2013 Headliners Include Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, Bob James & David Sanborn, George Benson, Dave Holland’s PRISM, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints; Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gregory Porter, and sooo. many more. More:  Monterey Jazz »