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How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

How to Cover Black Sabbath at a Jazz Festival

September 21, 2013, No Comments

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 riches to grab your attention and keep you from drifting off. We only heard a few songs from Big Sam’s »

Saturday Night @ MJF

Saturday Night @ MJF

September 21, 2013, No Comments

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 Taborn finishing up his set at the Night Club. And it doesn’t get any easier to choose as the night »

Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

Saturday Afternoon @ MJF

September 21, 2013, No Comments

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 superstar, follow the Relatives on the Main Stage: he’ll be highlighting his new tribute to Nat “King” Cole, and, one »

INTERVIEW: Jesús Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

INTERVIEW: Jesús Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

September 20, 2013, No Comments

  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. First it was small group, just to the right of MJF’s marquee performance space, the Jimmy Lyons stage. But by »

Friday night @ MJF

Friday night @ MJF

September 20, 2013, No Comments

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 and can stop on a dime; Cuban nonagenarians on the Main Stage and a Cuban thirty-something piano marvel on the »

Tales of The Sturgeon

Tales of The Sturgeon

September 20, 2013, No Comments

Esperanza Spalding greets KUSP’s Brett Taylor outside the Sturgeon in 2012. Photo: Steve Laufer | KUSP KUSP’s live broadcasts from the Monterey Jazz Festival have been directed from the idiosyncratic Sturgeon for the last several years. A veritable who’s-who of jazz luminaries have graced the worn seats of its cramped interior on the heels »

KUSP at MJF: It Began Many Years Ago…

KUSP at MJF: It Began Many Years Ago…

September 13, 2013, No Comments

By: Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The 56th Monterey Jazz Festival, beginning Friday September 20, marks the 33rd consecutive year that KUSP will bring music from this fabled conglomeration of jazz titans to our radio listeners. Trumpter-composer-arranger-bandleader Gerald Wilson – star of the 1940s Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra and composer of the 2007 MJF commissioned »

2012 Crew/Staff & More

September 28, 2012, No Comments

Special thanks to all who contributed to the KUSP Broadcasts & Online Coverage: All Musicians and Management: who participated for their continued efforts in keeping the music alive! KUSP General Manager: Terry Green Producer KUSP Broadcasts: Larry Blood Producer KUSP Online: Stephen Laufer KUSP Announcers: Anchors: Brett Taylor, Geo Warner; Saturday afternoon hosts: Papa Sam, Mike »

Regrets? I’ve Had A Few. <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Regrets? I’ve Had A Few.
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 25, 2012, No Comments

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The festival is over, I’ve had a couple of decent nights’ sleep. I can’t quite shake the MJF blogging jones, so I am compelled to blog one final time.The conventional thing to do at this point is to draw up a list of the best moments of the »

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)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

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, no? – closed out the proceedings from the Jimmy Lyons Arena Stage Sunday. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and leader »

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

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

September 23, 2012, No Comments

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 a duet by the pair at Dizzy’s Den. A guitar-drums duo may sound a little spare in principle, but in »

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

Sunday Night At Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

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 to our webcast viewers starting at 7 p.m.), the B-3 Blowout promises deep satisfaction to aficionados of guitar and organ: »

Esperanza Spalding at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Esperanza Spalding at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

Interview by Brett Taylor and Geo Warner | KUSP – Esperanza Spalding spoke with KUSP’s Brett Taylor and Geo Warner following her performance on the arena stage about a wide range of topics, including the critical importance of good music on local radio! »

Tierney Sutton at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Tierney Sutton at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

 Interview by Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Tierney Sutton wowed the audience at the Night Club stage last night (a concert our kusp.org webcast viewers also saw).  This morning, she dropped by to talk with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about her ongoing project with the Turtle Island String Quartet, her planned album of Joni Mitchell »

Ambrose Akinmusire Talks to KUSP <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Ambrose Akinmusire Talks to KUSP
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

  Ambrose Akinmusire is this year’s MJF Artist-in-Residence. His Friday night Dizzy’s Den set with his quintet is a strong contender for the best performance of this year’s festival. Minutes before going on stage with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Ambrose (a Next Gen alum) spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the importance of »

Tony Bennett At Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Tony Bennett At Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 23, 2012, No Comments

After topping the Saturday night line-up on the arena stage with a blockbuster show, Tony Bennett stopped to talk with KUSP’s Brett Taylor about the mutual love he shares with the Monterey Jazz Festival audience, about the timeless relevance of the classic songbook, and the importance of bringing these songs to a new generation »

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

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

September 22, 2012, No Comments

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 Club stage for an enormously rewarding and intimate set. Frisell has developed a rich guitar vocabulary over the decades that »

Robert Randolph at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

Robert Randolph at Monterey Jazz: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

September 22, 2012, No Comments

Robert Randolph interview. Photo by Stephen Laufer / »

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)

September 22, 2012, No Comments

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 drummer Rudy Royston, violinist Jenny Scheinman, viola player Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts, accompanied by the composer on electric »

Trombone Shorty: Monterey Jazz Rock Star <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Trombone Shorty: Monterey Jazz Rock Star
(2012 MJF Archive)

September 22, 2012, No Comments

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Trombone Shorty maybe a singing trombonist with strong New Orleans ties, but that’s where the resemblance to Jack Teagarden ends. Trombone Shorty is not back in the horn section, politely stepping forward when it’s his turn to solo. His physical stance is that of a guitar hero, legs »