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MJF Friday Night

MJF Friday Night

September 19, 2014, Comments Off

Friday night the festival kicks off in epic fashion on the Jimmy Lyons stage of the Main Arena. Franco-Haitian-American phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s US début album Womanchild (2013) blew listeners away with her command of the idiom (the idiom being jazz, I don’t mean to be obtuse). Old (really old) and new music, standards »

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

September 8, 2014, Comments Off

Note: Billy Childs performs at MJF, Saturday Sept 20th, with: “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”, including special guests Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, and Quartet San Francisco. The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including “And When I Die” and “Save the Country.” NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about »

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 »

Judges’ Concert: A Real Treat

Judges’ Concert: A Real Treat

March 28, 2014, No Comments

At the end of the first night of the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Drummer Eric Harland (Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2014 Artist-In-Residence) was on stage with Ray Drummond, bass; Shelly Berg, piano & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, sax, covering the Wayne Shorter tune “Footprints.” The Friday night free concert was performed by the festival’s multi-talented judges – »

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

September 24, 2013, No Comments

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson following his performance on the Main Stage. Shorter had been meeting with young members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, some of whom were still in the room, and consequently some of Shorter’s comments had the tone of a teacher talking to students. He talked about »

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 »

Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

September 22, 2013, No Comments

The three members of Wayne Shorter‘s quartet – drummer Brian Blade, pianist Danilo Pérez and bassist John Patitucci – spoke to KUSP’s Geo Warner and Brett Taylor following the group’s electric performance on the Jimmy Lyons Main Stage Sunday night. They talked about the music, the camaraderie and the importance of public radio! Listen »

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 »

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 »

Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

September 21, 2013, No Comments

  Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday celebration could be the Biggest Deal in this festival chock-full of Big Deals. For some festival-goers, both virtual and real, it might be useful to brush up on his astonishing six decades of jazz-making. Here, then, in five easy steps, a primer to the Stages of Wayne. 1. Bachelor »

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 »