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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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AUDIO: Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor

AUDIO: Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor

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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

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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

jdaytonj 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

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

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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

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  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

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  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

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

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

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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

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How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

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Interview above, by Eric Berg. When you head out for a walk on your lunch break at the Monterey Jazz Festival, you’re essentially window shopping for music — it’s up to the embarrassment of

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