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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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Don Was Talks To People

Don Was Talks To People

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Blue Note Records boss Don Was is a familiar site on the MJF grounds. For a busy, presumably New York-based, music industry executive, he manages to check out a lot of music at this

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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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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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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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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: End of the Festival <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: End of the Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bennie Green, Lewis Nash, Christian McBride (partial), Sunday night. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP. By JeffDayton-Johnson | KUSP – Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour- a somewhat cumbersome name for a group,

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Bill Frisell and Jack DeJohnette: Monterey Jazz <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Bill Frisell and Jack DeJohnette: Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

Guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Jack DeJohnette were all over the festival this year, in various musical configurations. It is only fitting, then, that one of the last performances of the evening should be

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Monterey Jazz: Sunday Night Shows  <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Monterey Jazz: Sunday Night Shows
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

Tigran Hamasyan Takes Flight. Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Amidst a line-up featuring multiple performances by guitar jazz icons Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, festival-goers might not have

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Gregory Porter at Monterey Jazz Festival: The 7th Avenue Project Interview <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Gregory Porter at Monterey Jazz Festival: The 7th Avenue Project Interview
(2012 MJF Archive)

tessa September 23, 2012 0

Gregory Porter’s Friday night performance was one of our highlights of the weekend. If you missed it, you’re in luck! We’ll be broadcasting his set tonight, starting at 7:40pm on 88.9 FM. Listen to

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Sunday Night At Monterey Jazz <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Sunday Night At Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The last night of the festival is possibly more densely packed with difficult trade-offs than any time slot of the entire three days… In the Night Club (visible

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Esperanza! Monterey Jazz! RADIO!!<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Esperanza! Monterey Jazz! RADIO!!
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – One of the most eagerly awaited shows of this year’s festival was Esperanza Spalding’s. She took to the arena stage – and the KUSP airwaves – shortly before

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