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James Francies: the KUSP interview

James Francies: the KUSP interview

Jeff Dayton-Johnson March 29, 2015 Comments Off

Pianist James Francies spoke briefly with KUSP about where he’s been since we first encountered him at the 2013 MJF: he’s been subbing with the Roots, playing with drummers Chris Dave, Jeff Tain Watts;

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Reconnecting with Pianist James Francies

Reconnecting with Pianist James Francies

Jeff Dayton-Johnson March 28, 2015 Comments Off

Pianist James Francies is at Next Gen this year to man the booth of the New School jazz program; he also accompanied drummer Matt Wilson‘s clinic on Saturday afternoon. Francies displayed an astonishing level

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Matt Wilson Talks to KUSP

Matt Wilson Talks to KUSP

Jeff Dayton-Johnson March 28, 2015 Comments Off

After his student clinic, drummer Matt Wilson talked with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the creative process, about the dizzying array of bands and projects he’s working on, and about how jazz education works. Listen

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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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Jon Batiste brings the NOLA (Interview)

Jon Batiste brings the NOLA (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

There’s something about those New Orleans musicians, they know how to wow MJF audiences. Jon Batiste, whose youthful demeanor belies his already-considerable résumé (including appearances on the HBO series Treme), brought his ragtag Stay

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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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From Voyager to the Next Generation (Interview)

From Voyager to the Next Generation (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Artist-in-Residence Eric Harland, fresh from last night’s gig with his Voyager band, joined the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra to open the Sunday show on the Main Stage. (Insert clever Star Trek joke here; extra

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In Which Don Was Reveals… (Interview)

In Which Don Was Reveals… (Interview)

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

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

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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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Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

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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

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Interview: Musician Harvey Wainapel

Interview: Musician Harvey Wainapel

admin September 3, 2014 Comments Off

KUSP’s Jeff Dayton Johnson recently spoke with reedman Harvey Wainapel about his long love affair with Brazilian music and his new CD Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2.  Harvey Wainapel will be appearing at Kuumbwa Jazz in

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Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

Jeff Dayton-Johnson March 30, 2014 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Super drummer Eric Harland will be the Artist in Residence at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival in September. In the meantime, Eric is present at the Next Generation

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Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

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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

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  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

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

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

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  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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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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