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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’

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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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Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

admin March 24, 2014 0

Paul Contos is a musician, jazz educator and the Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. He stopped by KUSP this week to speak with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the workings of the Next

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Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

admin March 24, 2014 0

  Ambrose Akinmusire was the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-in-Residence in 2012. In this archived interview above, Ambrose (a Next Gen alum) spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the importance of MJF’s jazz-education work, as

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

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

admin March 20, 2014 0

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

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Massive MJF Library of Artist Interviews

Massive MJF Library of Artist Interviews

admin March 15, 2014 0

Link to the SoundCloud library for MJF here

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2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

admin September 26, 2013 0

  Vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy’s Friday night set (visible to those of you who watched the live webcast) was then broadcast on KUSP 88.9 FM at 2:30 pm Saturday. Carmen highlighted original songs

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2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

jdaytonj September 25, 2013 0

Sean Rameswaram of the KUSP MJF crew tweeted the following during Prism’s set on the Main Stage: “Kevin Eubanks does for the guitar what Walter White did for meth.” That’s pretty much right: increased

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2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

jdaytonj September 24, 2013 0

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

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INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

admin September 24, 2013 0

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

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INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

admin September 24, 2013 0

  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’

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INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

admin September 24, 2013 0

  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

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

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

admin September 23, 2013 0

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

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Wayne Shorter at 80

Wayne Shorter at 80

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

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.

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

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

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

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

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INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

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David Sanborn and Bob James

David Sanborn and Bob James

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

Two of the most familiar instrumental voices in jazz took the stage Sunday afternoon: alto saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist Bob James. The pair released an album called Quartette Humaine earlier this year, and

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Bobby Hutcherson Web Streaming

Bobby Hutcherson Web Streaming

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

Vibraphonist and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson finishes the bill at the Night Club stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival this Sunday evening. The concert will stream for the enjoyment

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Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

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

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