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Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

Robert Glasper returns to Monterey

jdaytonj September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Robert Glasper was Artist-in-Residence at MJF in 2011; playing acoustic and electric sets, with Bilal and Terence Blanchard making surprise guest appearances on the Night Club stage. This year Glasper followed Cecile McLorin Salvant

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Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

Herbie Hancock: Best Soundcheck of MJF (So Far)

jdaytonj September 19, 2014 Comments Off

The KUSP digital media crew rolled into the Monterey Fair Grounds mid-afternoon to the sound of a remarkable band on the Jimmy Lyons Arena. I rushed to get my credential and sprinted into the

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MJF Friday Night

MJF Friday Night

jdaytonj September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Friday night the festival kicks off in epic fashion on the Jimmy Lyons stage of the Main Arena. Franco-Haitian-American phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s US début album Womanchild (2013) blew listeners away with her command

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AUDIO: Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor

AUDIO: Talking with KUSP’s MC Brett Taylor

admin September 17, 2014 Comments Off

The Monterey Jazz Festival begins tomorrow night and as we have for decades, KUSP will broadcast many of the performances live. Brett Taylor Returns as one of the voices presenting that broadcast. He says

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First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

First Listen: Jason Moran, ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’

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By Patrick Jarenwattananon | NPR - LISTEN here. For his latest act, Jason Moran, one of the biggest public figures in jazz today, has recorded a tribute to fellow pianist and composer Thomas “Fats”

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Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

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Note: Billy Childs performs at MJF, Saturday Sept 20th, with: “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”, including special guests Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, and Quartet San Francisco. The late Laura Nyro

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Interview: Musician Harvey Wainapel

Interview: Musician Harvey Wainapel

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KUSP’s Jeff Dayton Johnson recently spoke with reedman Harvey Wainapel about his long love affair with Brazilian music and his new CD Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2.  Harvey Wainapel will be appearing at Kuumbwa Jazz in

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VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

VIDEO Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

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A documentary about the rise, retreat and return of jazz legend, Charles Lloyd and his spiritual pursuit through sound. The film will be shown Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

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NPR Special Series: Blue Note at 75 – Watch: Four concert performances By NPR Staff Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call “storied”: so celebrated and impactful

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2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

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The Monterey Jazz Festival organizers have delivered a real one-two punch to music lovers in the area: on the heels of the exhilarating Next Generation Festival this past weekend (28-30 March), showcasing the best

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Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

Eric Harland Talks To KUSP

jdaytonj March 30, 2014 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Super drummer Eric Harland will be the Artist in Residence at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival in September. In the meantime, Eric is present at the Next Generation

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Scenes of the Next Generation

Scenes of the Next Generation

jdaytonj March 29, 2014 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – The Next Generation Jazz Festival – happening now at the Monterey Conference Center through Sunday night – is the twin to the Monterey Jazz Festival that happens in

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Saturday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival

Saturday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival

jdaytonj March 29, 2014 0

By Jeff Dayton-Johnson | KUSP – Saturday the Next Generation Jazz Festival has begun in earnest, with big bands, small combos and vocal ensembles going head to head before the discerning scrutiny of judges’

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Judges’ Concert: A Real Treat

Judges’ Concert: A Real Treat

admin March 28, 2014 0

At the end of the first night of the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Drummer Eric Harland (Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2014 Artist-In-Residence) was on stage with Ray Drummond, bass; Shelly Berg, piano & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown,

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Jazz Stars of the Future

Jazz Stars of the Future

admin March 28, 2014 0

Listen above to an archived interview w/ student musicians, after a 2012 performance in Monterey. See the: video schedule | full festival schedule. Show up at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (March 28-30, 2014 & all

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Here Comes: The Next Generation Jazz Festival

Here Comes: The Next Generation Jazz Festival

admin March 24, 2014 0

The Monterey Jazz Festival runs year-round jazz educational programs for students. For over half a century now, Monterey Jazz Festival has been changing lives through jazz education. We invite you to join us in

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Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

Paul Contos on Next Generation 2014

admin March 24, 2014 0

Paul Contos is a musician, jazz educator and the Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. He stopped by KUSP this week to speak with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson about the workings of the Next

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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: INTERVIEW with Members of 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

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

admin March 20, 2014 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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Massive MJF Library of Artist Interviews

Massive MJF Library of Artist Interviews

admin March 15, 2014 0

Link to the SoundCloud library for MJF here

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