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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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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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Tales of The Sturgeon

Tales of The Sturgeon

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2013 0

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

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Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2013 0

Though the throngs of festival-goers have yet to arrive, KUSP’s MJF presence is now operational under the eaves outside the mighty Monterey County Fairgrounds Arena, inside which Festival staff has erected the Jimmy Lyons

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Artistic Director Tim Jackson Shares Pre-Festival Insights

Artistic Director Tim Jackson Shares Pre-Festival Insights

admin September 16, 2013 0

Talking to MJF Artistic Director Tim Jackson yields a feast of knowledge and deep love for many forms of jazz music. KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson got together with Jackson to report on the weekend’s upcoming

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KUSP at MJF: It Began Many Years Ago…

KUSP at MJF: It Began Many Years Ago…

admin September 13, 2013 0

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

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The Return of Jazz Singer-Songwriter Gregory Porter

The Return of Jazz Singer-Songwriter Gregory Porter

admin September 12, 2013 0

Photo: Vincent Soyez Originally broadcast on The 7th Avenue Project, June 23, 2013. Soul Man Pt II: The Return of Jazz Singer-Songwriter Gregory Porter. Gregory Porter says his goal is to make art that’s

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2013 Live Broadcast Schedule

2013 Live Broadcast Schedule

admin September 10, 2013 0

Pictured above: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa. Photo: Alejandro Perez Radio broadcast only  (no webstream) Schedule subject to change. Friday Night, Sept. 20 8:00 p.m. Gregory Porter 9:20 p.m. Clayton-Hamilton Jazz

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New Album From MJF Opener Gregory Porter

New Album From MJF Opener Gregory Porter

admin September 9, 2013 0

Click for free First LISTEN! Special Note: Gregory Porter opens KUSP’s 33rd year of  Live Broadcasts (see broadcast schedule) from the Monterey Jazz Festival – Friday Night, September 20, 2013! By Patrick Jarenwattananon |

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2013 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Revealed

2013 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Revealed

admin April 1, 2013 0

Lineup Announced for the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20-22, 2013 Headliners Include Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, Bob James & David Sanborn, George Benson, Dave Holland’s PRISM, Orquesta Buena Vista Social

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Here Comes: The Next Generation Jazz Festival

Here Comes: The Next Generation Jazz Festival

admin March 14, 2013 0

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

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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 25, 2012 0

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

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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)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

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,

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

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

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

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

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

Monterey Jazz: Sunday Night Shows
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

Tigran Hamasyan Takes Flight. Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Amidst a line-up featuring multiple performances by guitar jazz icons Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, festival-goers might not have

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Gregory Porter at Monterey Jazz Festival: The 7th Avenue Project Interview <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Gregory Porter at Monterey Jazz Festival: The 7th Avenue Project Interview
(2012 MJF Archive)

tessa September 23, 2012 0

Gregory Porter’s Friday night performance was one of our highlights of the weekend. If you missed it, you’re in luck! We’ll be broadcasting his set tonight, starting at 7:40pm on 88.9 FM. Listen to

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