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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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Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

The venerable hard-bop/soul-jazz master Lou Donaldson leads off the web streaming from the Night Club stage @ MJF at 7 pm. The alto saxophonist, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has appeared

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2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

The first order of business Sunday afternoons at MJF is to celebrate the young cats: accordingly, the Folsom High School Jazz Band – the winning band of the 2013 competition – kicked off the

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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

admin September 21, 2013 0

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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Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

Last year at this time at the Festival, you might have walked by the Garden Stage late one night to hear vocalist Jose James singing Gil Scott-Heron‘s “Winter in America.” Imagine your surprise to

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Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

The Craig Taborn Quartet began its Night Club set Saturday night (visible to webcast fans at kusp.org) with a forty-minute composition called “Ancient”; the pianist reminded the audience that he had premiered the piece

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How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

admin September 21, 2013 0

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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Saturday Night @ MJF

Saturday Night @ MJF

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

Saturday night at 8 pm, you will wish you could be in several places at once. Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano playing new music by Wayne Shorter; Ravi Coltrane at Dizzy’s Den; pianist Craig

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Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

The soul-gospel and blue-suited majesty of the Relatives kicks off the afternoon’s performances; they take the show to the more intimate Garden Stage at 5:30. Meanwhile, the legendary George Benson, the original jazz crossover

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Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

  Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday celebration could be the Biggest Deal in this festival chock-full of Big Deals. For some festival-goers, both virtual and real, it might be useful to brush up on his

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The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

Cloudy skies and near-rain might have worried some festival-goers that they might be in for Glastonbury or Woodstock mud mess. Not to worry: the skies are clearing and it’s unseasonably warm in Monterey. Perfect

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INTERVIEW: Jesús Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

INTERVIEW: Jesús Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

admin September 20, 2013 0

  It was a capstone to the opening night that’ll be hard to forget. While Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club played their set with Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa, a few people began dancing.

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Omara, Eliades, Papi and the Gang Rock the House

Omara, Eliades, Papi and the Gang Rock the House

jdaytonj September 20, 2013 0

The latest iteration of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club – first brought to the wider world’s attention by the Ry Cooder-produced album and documentary film in 1997, when they were already pretty old

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Uri Caine in the Coffee House

Uri Caine in the Coffee House

jdaytonj September 20, 2013 0

Pianist Uri Caine is a sort of Renaissance man. The Philadelphia native is a long-time member of trumpeter Dave Douglas‘s group; he has mounted grandiose album projects based on music by Mahler and Verdi;

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Roberto Fonseca Raises The Dead

Roberto Fonseca Raises The Dead

jdaytonj September 20, 2013 0

  The late rapper Tupac Shakur appeared onstage at the Coachella Music Festival recently thanks to the magic of hologram technology. Up-and-coming Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca didn’t resort to holograms, but he did pull

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Joe Lovano Flies Into Interstellar Space

Joe Lovano Flies Into Interstellar Space

jdaytonj September 20, 2013 0

Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson / KUSP MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano‘s first appearance at the Festival brought him to the Garden Stage Friday night with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors: pianist Witness Matlou (Johannesburg, South Africa),

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Friday night @ MJF

Friday night @ MJF

jdaytonj September 20, 2013 0

It’s the customary embarrassment of riches for the MJF festival-goer this evening – and there are almost as many options for those tuned into KUSP 88.9 FM or kusp.org. A big band that swings

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