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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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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: 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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Wayne Shorter at 80

Wayne Shorter at 80

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

Wayne Shorter turned 80 years old on August 25 – recently enough for the Monterey Jazz Festival to dedicate this Sunday evening performance on the Jimmy Lyons Main Stage to the saxophonist’s birthday celebration.

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Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci: The KUSP Interview

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

The three members of Wayne Shorter‘s quartet – drummer Brian Blade, pianist Danilo Pérez and bassist John Patitucci – spoke to KUSP’s Geo Warner and Brett Taylor following the group’s electric performance on the

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David Sanborn and Bob James

David Sanborn and Bob James

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

Two of the most familiar instrumental voices in jazz took the stage Sunday afternoon: alto saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist Bob James. The pair released an album called Quartette Humaine earlier this year, and

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Bobby Hutcherson Web Streaming

Bobby Hutcherson Web Streaming

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

Vibraphonist and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson finishes the bill at the Night Club stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival this Sunday evening. The concert will stream for the enjoyment

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Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Joe Lovano Joins the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

MJF Artist-in-Residence Joe Lovano sat in with the young luminaries of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. The collaboration elicited great playing from the (relatively) senior jazz statesman and the younger players alike. For a

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Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

Lou Donaldson Web Streaming

jdaytonj September 22, 2013 0

The venerable hard-bop/soul-jazz master Lou Donaldson leads off the web streaming from the Night Club stage @ MJF at 7 pm. The alto saxophonist, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has appeared

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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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Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

Brian Jackson Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

jdaytonj September 21, 2013 0

Last year at this time at the Festival, you might have walked by the Garden Stage late one night to hear vocalist Jose James singing Gil Scott-Heron‘s “Winter in America.” Imagine your surprise to

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Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

Craig Taborn and Ravi Coltrane, Saturday Night @ MJF

jdaytonj 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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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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