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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)

admin September 23, 2012 0

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

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

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

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

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

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

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

admin September 22, 2012 0

Robert Randolph interview. Photo by Stephen Laufer /

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

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

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

Catherine Russell from the Garden Stage. Photo: Michael Lambert | KUSP By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Bringing the highlights of the Monterey Jazz Festival to you, the loyal blog reader, requires that we

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And Now, A Message From Robert Randolph<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

And Now, A Message From Robert Randolph
(2012 MJF Archive)

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Christian Scott Wails: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Christian Scott Wails: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF
(2012 MJF Archive)

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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)

admin September 22, 2012 0

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

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Christian Scott and Ambrose Akinmusire at Monterey Jazz Festival<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Christian Scott and Ambrose Akinmusire at Monterey Jazz Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Two bold young trumpeters stand out in the crowded roster of musicians appearing at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival. Oakland born Ambrose Akinmusire (aged 30) is the Artist-in-Residence

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

Saturday Night Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Tonight’s line-up is another dense menu of options for festival-goers. For listeners to 88.9 FM KUSP, and visitors to kusp.org, the star of

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Trombone Shorty’s Got Hops: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF<br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Trombone Shorty’s Got Hops: A Monterey Jazz Festival GIF
(2012 MJF Archive)

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Aram Shelton Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Aram Shelton Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Oakland-based Aram Shelton brought his quartet to the MJF for the first time, with a pair of Saturday afternoon sets at the intimate Coffee House Gallery. Aram is

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

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

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

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

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Monterey Jazz Festival <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Monterey Jazz Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

jdaytonj September 22, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Robert Randolph opened the Saturday afternoon line-up on the main arena stage at MJF with a virtuosic high-volume set. Friday morning the space shuttle Endeavour flew over my

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Three Can’t Miss Saturday Shows at Monterey Jazz Festival <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Three Can’t Miss Saturday Shows at Monterey Jazz Festival
(2012 MJF Archive)

tessa September 22, 2012 0

  1pm: Robert Randolph Family Band in the Arena. For high-energy funk and soul–and to see one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists shred first-hand–start the day off at the Jimmy Lyons Arena. 2pm & 3:30pm:

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Melody Gardot At Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

Melody Gardot At Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

admin September 22, 2012 0

 Interview by: Brett Taylor & Geo Warner | KUSP Friday night on the Jimmy Lyons main stage, vocalist Melody Gardot mixed musical accents from Latin America, North Africa and beyond, drawing upon her acclaimed

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Eddie Palmieri at Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

Eddie Palmieri at Monterey Jazz Festival: the KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

admin September 22, 2012 0

Eddie Palmieri sat down with KUSP’s Brett Taylor on Friday night. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP. Eddie Palmieri brought the full weight of five decades of Latin jazz mastery to bear upon the Jimmy

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Scrambling Blissfully From One Stage To The Next <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Scrambling Blissfully From One Stage To The Next
(2012 MJF Archive)

jdaytonj September 21, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – A festival as densely packed with stages and simultaneous performances as Monterey inevitably forces attendees to make difficult trade-offs. See Gregory Porter and miss Jack DeJohnette? Catch Ambrose

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Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Rocks the Big Beat  (2012 archive)

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Rocks the Big Beat (2012 archive)

jdaytonj September 21, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band took the main stage at 8:30 with tight large-ensemble arrangements warmly appreciated by the audience. Goodwin seeks the same mix of precision and

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MJF’s Artistic Director Tim Jackson – KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

MJF’s Artistic Director Tim Jackson – KUSP Interview (2012 archive)

admin September 19, 2012 0

Tim Jackson has been with the Monterey Jazz Festival for the past 22 years. He was General Manager from 1992-2010, and continues in the capacity of Artistic Director. He spoke about notable shows and

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Ali Ryerson – Pre-Festival Interview <em>(2012 archive)</em>

Ali Ryerson – Pre-Festival Interview (2012 archive)

admin September 18, 2012 0

The Ali Ryerson (flute)  Mimi Fox (guitar) Duo are performing at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival in the Night Club Saturday Afternoon at 2:30 PM. Interview by Jim Sintetos

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