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Our Point of View: Best of MJF?

Our Point of View: Best of MJF?

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Our Point of View – the name adopted by the all-star band of Blue Note Records artists assembled to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the storied record label – played early Saturday night at

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MJF Saturday Afternoon

MJF Saturday Afternoon

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Saturday afternoon on the Main Stage at MJF: Davina & the Vagabonds, whose heartfelt R&B-inflected sound won over an audience crammed into the Garden Stage at last year’s festival, graduate to the Lyons stage,

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MJF Saturday Night

MJF Saturday Night

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 20, 2014 Comments Off

Saturday night, ladies and gentlemen, is all about the Roots. This hip hop band from Philadelphia sells millions of records. It’s the house band on “The Tonight Show.” These are big stars, and that

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Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

Ambrose Akinmusire on the Next Generation Experience

admin March 24, 2014 0

  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

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

Sunday Night At Monterey Jazz
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The last night of the festival is possibly more densely packed with difficult trade-offs than any time slot of the entire three days… In the Night Club (visible

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Ambrose Akinmusire Talks to KUSP <br /><em>(2012 MJF Archive)</em>

Ambrose Akinmusire Talks to KUSP
(2012 MJF Archive)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson September 23, 2012 0

  Ambrose Akinmusire is this year’s MJF Artist-in-Residence. His Friday night Dizzy’s Den set with his quintet is a strong contender for the best performance of this year’s festival. Minutes before going on stage

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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)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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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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)

Jeff Dayton-Johnson 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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