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India.Arie & Idan Raichel took the Sunday MJF crowd to church with hymns calling for peace and unity on the Jimmy Lyons (Arena) Stage. The two discussed their Open Door project, which came out of India.Arie’s sabbatical in Israel. That’s where she connected with songwriter and producer Idan Raichel. A friendship and songwriting partnership was born. KUSP’s Brett Taylor got the details.
Songs of peace and serenity are washing over the Monterey Fairgrounds on Day 3. India.Arie and her band are joined by Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel for a performance of Hebrew hymns and India’s originals.
Day 3 at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival brings the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Big Band, MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, The Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead Orchestra and, of course, India.Arie — seen here sound checking — to KUSP’s live broadcast. Sunday’s coverage begins at 12:30 pm. She’ll be on around 2:45.
‘James Farm’ featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland was one of the many highlights Saturday night.
Photos by Stephen Laufer and Sean Rameswaram