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

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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 25, 2013 0

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

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2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 24, 2013 0

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

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INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano

admin September 24, 2013 0

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

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INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

INTERVIEW: Linda Oh

admin September 24, 2013 0

  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’

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INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

INTERVIEW: Dave Douglas

admin September 24, 2013 0

  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

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2013 Archive: INTERVIEW with Members of 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW with Members of 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

admin September 23, 2013 0

Listen above, to an 2013 archived interview with three members of the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and Director Paul Contos

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Wayne Shorter at 80

Wayne Shorter at 80

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 22, 2013 0

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.

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Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 22, 2013 0

The three members of Wayne Shorter‘s quartet – drummer Brian Blade, pianist Danilo Pérez and bassist John Patitucci – spoke to KUSP’s Geo Warner and Brett Taylor following the group’s electric performance on the

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INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

INTERVIEW: Folsom High School Jazz Band

admin September 22, 2013 0

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David Sanborn and Bob James

David Sanborn and Bob James

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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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