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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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Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

Wayne Shorter in Five Easy Steps: A Primer

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2013 0

  Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday celebration could be the Biggest Deal in this festival chock-full of Big Deals. For some festival-goers, both virtual and real, it might be useful to brush up on his

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The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 21, 2013 0

Cloudy skies and near-rain might have worried some festival-goers that they might be in for Glastonbury or Woodstock mud mess. Not to worry: the skies are clearing and it’s unseasonably warm in Monterey. Perfect

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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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