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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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The Philadelphia Experiment: Back Together At Least One More Time

The Philadelphia Experiment: Back Together At Least One More Time

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Bassist Christian McBride, most known for his straightahead acoustic jazz, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer for The Roots, attended the same Philadelphia performing arts high school. (Organist Joey DeFrancesco and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel were

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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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Red Baraat: Everything is Possible

Red Baraat: Everything is Possible

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

As if to prove that in New York you can find anything, Red Baraat’s musical project brings together New Orleans-style brass band funk with Banghra drumming and vocals. The remarkable thing is, it coheres

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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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Monterey Jazz: Second Round Saturday Night <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Monterey Jazz: Second Round Saturday Night
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 22, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Bill Frisell took two thirds of his Big Sur Quintet from earlier in the evening – himself, viola player Eyvin Kang and drummer Rudy Royston – to the Night

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Monterey Jazz: First Round Saturday Night<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Monterey Jazz: First Round Saturday Night
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 22, 2012 0

Catherine Russell from the Garden Stage. Photo: Michael Lambert | KUSP By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Bringing the highlights of the Monterey Jazz Festival to you, the loyal blog reader, requires that we

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And Now, A Message From Robert Randolph<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

And Now, A Message From Robert Randolph
(2012 MJF Archive)

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Christian Scott Wails: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Christian Scott Wails: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF
(2012 MJF Archive)

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Bill Frisell: Premiere of Composition for the Monterey Jazz Festival<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Bill Frisell: Premiere of Composition for the Monterey Jazz Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

admin September 22, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Bill Frisell led the “Big Sur Quintet” in a premiere performance of The Music of Glen Deven Ranch, an original composition commissioned by the Festival. The Quintet includes

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