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Aaron Diehl Channels John Lewis’s Three Streams (Interview)

Aaron Diehl Channels John Lewis’s Three Streams (Interview)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Every year the MJF commissions major compositions to be debuted at the Festival. This year that honor was bestowed upon pianist Aaron Diehl. Diehl’s quartet performed his Three Streams of Expression: A Tribute To

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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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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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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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Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Robert Glasper was Artist-in-Residence at MJF in 2011; playing acoustic and electric sets, with Bilal and Terence Blanchard making surprise guest appearances on the Night Club stage. This year Glasper followed Cecile McLorin Salvant

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Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 19, 2014 Comments Off

The KUSP digital media crew rolled into the Monterey Fair Grounds mid-afternoon to the sound of a remarkable band on the Jimmy Lyons Arena. I rushed to get my credential and sprinted into the

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MJF Friday Night

MJF Friday Night

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Friday night the festival kicks off in epic fashion on the Jimmy Lyons stage of the Main Arena. Franco-Haitian-American phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s US début album Womanchild (2013) blew listeners away with her command

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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

admin September 17, 2014 Comments Off

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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First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

admin September 8, 2014 Comments Off

By Patrick Jarenwattananon | NPR - LISTEN here. For his latest act, Jason Moran, one of the biggest public figures in jazz today, has recorded a tribute to fellow pianist and composer Thomas “Fats”

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Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

admin September 8, 2014 Comments Off

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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VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

admin August 19, 2014 Comments Off

A documentary about the rise, retreat and return of jazz legend, Charles Lloyd and his spiritual pursuit through sound. The film will be shown Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

admin May 28, 2014 Comments Off

NPR Special Series: Blue Note at 75 – Watch: Four concert performances By NPR Staff Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call “storied”: so celebrated and impactful

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2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

admin April 1, 2014 0

The Monterey Jazz Festival organizers have delivered a real one-two punch to music lovers in the area: on the heels of the exhilarating Next Generation Festival this past weekend (28-30 March), showcasing the best

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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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Scenes of the Next Generation

Scenes of the Next Generation

Jeff Dayton-Johnson March 29, 2014 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The Next Generation Jazz Festival – happening now at the Monterey Conference Center through Sunday night – is the twin to the Monterey Jazz Festival that happens in

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