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Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

March 30, 2014, No Comments

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 Jazz Festival this weekend at the Monterey Conference Center. He took a moment to talk to KUSP in a far-ranging »

Saturday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival

Saturday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival

March 29, 2014, No Comments

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Saturday the Next Generation Jazz Festival has begun in earnest, with big bands, small combos and vocal ensembles going head to head before the discerning scrutiny of judges’ panels – and the appreciative applause of the Monterey audience. Performances and clinics in the two principal performance spaces at »

Jazz Stars of the Future

Jazz Stars of the Future

March 28, 2014, No Comments

Listen above to an archived interview w/ student musicians, after a 2012 performance in Monterey. See the: video schedule | full festival schedule. Show up at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (March 28-30, 2014 & all free!) and you’ll be treated to a very special event. Some of the countries best high school, middle school and »

Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

March 24, 2014, No Comments

Paul Contos is a musician, jazz educator and the Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. He stopped by KUSP this week to speak with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the workings of the Next Generation Jazz Festival. The weekend festival is a complex collection of performances, workshops and auditions. Listen to the full interview, »

Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

March 24, 2014, No Comments

  Ambrose Akinmusire was the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-in-Residence in 2012. In this archived interview above, Ambrose (a Next Gen alum) spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the importance of MJF’s jazz-education work, as well as his upcoming projects »

2013 Crew/Staff & More

September 27, 2013, No Comments

Our Heartfelt Thanks to the Monterey Jazz Festival Board of Directors and Staff Including: The Monterey Jazz Festival staff and crew, including: Chris Doss - Managing Director Tim Jackson - Artistic Director Timothy Orr - Marketing Associate Jamie Dadijion -Marketing Special Aide International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees local 611 Mike Neal and the McCune Audio Visual »

2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

September 26, 2013, No Comments

  Vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy’s Friday night set (visible to those of you who watched the live webcast) was then broadcast on KUSP 88.9 FM at 2:30 pm Saturday. Carmen highlighted original songs from her strong new album ‘Changes’. Her pianist was none other than Patrice Rushen – “Forget-Me-Nots” was her 1982 hit »

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

September 25, 2013, No Comments

Sean Rameswaram of the KUSP MJF crew tweeted the following during Prism’s set on the Main Stage: “Kevin Eubanks does for the guitar what Walter White did for meth.” That’s pretty much right: increased its chemical purity, puissance and power, all the while with a shaved head. Prism – whose quartet album appeared only »

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

September 24, 2013, No Comments

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson following his performance on the Main Stage. Shorter had been meeting with young members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, some of whom were still in the room, and consequently some of Shorter’s comments had the tone of a teacher talking to students. He talked about »

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

September 24, 2013, No Comments

In 2009 MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano brought his Us Five band to the festival it featured Esperanza Spalding on bass. Bassist Peter Slavov provides the bassline foundation when Esperanza has other pans in the fire, and the band continues its strong run with 2 drummers to kick the playing to ever new heights. For »

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

September 24, 2013, No Comments

  With a second release just out as a leader, the demand for Linda Oh’s basswork as a sideperson is also on the rise. At the Monterey Jazz Festival, she played with Dave Douglas’ quintet in the nightclub, and also laid down the bottom for the special collaborative Sound Prints quintet project headed up »

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

September 24, 2013, No Comments

  Dave Douglas had the rare distinction for more than one year of receiving top honors in Downbeat’s annual critics awards in the categories of best trumpet player and trumpet TDWR [talent deserving wider recognition]. Though we would be well served to make his more of a household name in the U.S., since 1993 »

Wayne Shorter at 80

Wayne Shorter at 80

September 22, 2013, No Comments

Wayne Shorter turned 80 years old on August 25 – recently enough for the Monterey Jazz Festival to dedicate this Sunday evening performance on the Jimmy Lyons Main Stage to the saxophonist’s birthday celebration. Shorter is the Commission Artist of this year’s festival: Earlier in the weekend, trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano »

INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

September 22, 2013, No Comments

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David Sanborn and Bob James

David Sanborn and Bob James

September 22, 2013, No Comments

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 the Sunday MJF set was faithful to its sound: a straight-ahead acoustic sound, long on familiar melodies. The record itself »

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

September 22, 2013, No Comments

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 swinging arrangement of “Streets of Naples,” Lovano’s sax statement was followed by fleet piano work from James Francies. Another highlight: »

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

September 22, 2013, No Comments

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 over the years on classic albums with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown. He was an early member of Art »

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

September 22, 2013, No Comments

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 Main Stage broadcasts, They are followed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, comprising the best high-school jazz players from around »

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

September 21, 2013, No Comments

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 Artist) to play the music. And they did. It sounded great, but it wasn’t easy. Just what it means to »

Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

September 21, 2013, No Comments

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 hear the same tune emanating from the same stage this year. You know that the massively influential soul-jazz poet Gil »