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Best of the Festival

Best of the Festival

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

MJF 57 has come and gone. It’s a fitting time to assess what we’ve seen. To take stock of what we’ve learned. To meditate on the music experienced. To make a list. What were

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Charles Lloyd: Forest Flower Blossoms Anew (Interview)

Charles Lloyd: Forest Flower Blossoms Anew (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Charles Lloyd, MJF Showcase Artist, played Sunday night on the Main Stage in one of the most-anticipated shows of this year’s festival. Lloyd’s association with Monterey is legendary: his signature sixties album, Forest Flower,

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Booker T., Completely Well (Interview)

Booker T., Completely Well (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Booker T. Jones spoke with KUSP. The interview above, begins with band member Ted Jones. Listen to the interview at the link above. The venerable Booker T. Jones, he of the legendary M.G.s, appeared

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Davina on the Big Stage (Interview)

Davina on the Big Stage (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Saturday’s main stage proceedings were kicked off by Davina & the Vagabonds, purveyors of Midwestern retro R&B. Davina’s Garden Stage set at MJF 2013 was a highlight for many a Festival-goer, and Tim Jackson

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In Which Don Was Reveals… (Interview)

In Which Don Was Reveals… (Interview)

admin September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Listen to interview above Don Was’ last stop before coming to MJF was on the stage of the Americana Music Awards, playing base alongside Ry Cooder and others. Part of the show included backing

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Sunday afternoon @ MJF

Sunday afternoon @ MJF

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

As is the custom, Sunday afternoon kicks off with the crème de la high-school-and-college-band crème. MJF Jazz Education guru (and saxophonist) Paul Contos leads the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Artist-in-Residence Eric Harland on

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Our Point of View: Best of MJF?

Our Point of View: Best of MJF?

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Our Point of View – the name adopted by the all-star band of Blue Note Records artists assembled to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the storied record label – played early Saturday night at

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Gary Clark Jr. and the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar

Gary Clark Jr. and the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

If the entire recorded history of blues-derived, electric guitar rock were to be wiped out in some bizarre hard drive accident, the elements of Clark’s set could be used to reconstitute it. Ranging from

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Questlove’s Soul Train Top Ten

Questlove’s Soul Train Top Ten

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a busy guy: leading the house band on the Tonight Show, leading The Roots, DJing parties every night (at least, that’s what I imagine he does). I’m not sure

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Eric Harland: No Labels (Interview)

Eric Harland: No Labels (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Drummer Eric Harland is the Artist-in-Residence at MJF 2014. He revealed in an interview with KUSP that that does not mean he actually resides on the festival grounds. But it’s close: in three days,

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MJF Saturday Afternoon

MJF Saturday Afternoon

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Saturday afternoon on the Main Stage at MJF: Davina & the Vagabonds, whose heartfelt R&B-inflected sound won over an audience crammed into the Garden Stage at last year’s festival, graduate to the Lyons stage,

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MJF Saturday Night

MJF Saturday Night

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Saturday night, ladies and gentlemen, is all about the Roots. This hip hop band from Philadelphia sells millions of records. It’s the house band on “The Tonight Show.” These are big stars, and that

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Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Robert Glasper was Artist-in-Residence at MJF in 2011; playing acoustic and electric sets, with Bilal and Terence Blanchard making surprise guest appearances on the Night Club stage. This year Glasper followed Cecile McLorin Salvant

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Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 19, 2014 Comments Off

The KUSP digital media crew rolled into the Monterey Fair Grounds mid-afternoon to the sound of a remarkable band on the Jimmy Lyons Arena. I rushed to get my credential and sprinted into the

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MJF Friday Night

MJF Friday Night

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

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Questlove’s Roots: A ‘Meta’ Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

Questlove’s Roots: A ‘Meta’ Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

admin September 17, 2014 Comments Off

By Fresh Air | NPR Originally broadcast June 24, 2013 -  About 25 years ago, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter were students in a Philadelphia high school and they wanted to

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Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor (Interview)

Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor (Interview)

admin September 17, 2014 Comments Off

The Monterey Jazz Festival begins tomorrow night and as we have for decades, KUSP will broadcast many of the performances live. Brett Taylor Returns as one of the voices presenting that broadcast. He says

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First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

admin September 8, 2014 Comments Off

By Patrick Jarenwattananon | NPR - LISTEN here. For his latest act, Jason Moran, one of the biggest public figures in jazz today, has recorded a tribute to fellow pianist and composer Thomas “Fats”

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VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

admin August 19, 2014 Comments Off

A documentary about the rise, retreat and return of jazz legend, Charles Lloyd and his spiritual pursuit through sound. The film will be shown Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

admin April 1, 2014 0

The Monterey Jazz Festival organizers have delivered a real one-two punch to music lovers in the area: on the heels of the exhilarating Next Generation Festival this past weekend (28-30 March), showcasing the best

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