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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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2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

2013 Archive: Carmen Lundy (with Patrice Rushen!) on the Radio

admin September 26, 2013 0

  Vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy’s Friday night set (visible to those of you who watched the live webcast) was then broadcast on KUSP 88.9 FM at 2:30 pm Saturday. Carmen highlighted original songs

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2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

2013 Archive: INTERVIEW: Prism: Jazz Supergroup in the Arena

jdaytonj September 25, 2013 0

Sean Rameswaram of the KUSP MJF crew tweeted the following during Prism’s set on the Main Stage: “Kevin Eubanks does for the guitar what Walter White did for meth.” That’s pretty much right: increased

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2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

2013 Archive: Wayne Shorter: The KUSP Interview

jdaytonj September 24, 2013 0

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter spoke with KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson following his performance on the Main Stage. Shorter had been meeting with young members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, some of whom were still in

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2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

2013 Archive: Sunday Afternoon @ MJF

jdaytonj 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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INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

admin September 21, 2013 0

Wayne Shorter composed a suite called “Sound Prints” for this fifty-sixth Monterey Jazz Festival. Rather than performing it himself, Shorter asked saxophonist Joe Lovano (the MJF Artist-in-Residence) and trumpeter Dave Douglas (the MJF Showcase

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Saturday Night @ MJF

Saturday Night @ MJF

jdaytonj 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

jdaytonj 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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The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

The Relatives: On the Radio and On the Web

jdaytonj 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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Omara, Eliades, Papi and the Gang Rock the House

Omara, Eliades, Papi and the Gang Rock the House

jdaytonj 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

jdaytonj 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

jdaytonj 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

jdaytonj 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

jdaytonj 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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Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

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

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

jdaytonj 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)

jdaytonj 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)

jdaytonj 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)

jdaytonj 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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