51st Monterey Jazz Festival Features Newcomers and Jazz Greats
Antonio Sanchez's MigrationDrummer Sanchez's high-powered post-bop band was impressive Saturday at the inside venue, Dizzy's Den. In attendance were many young musicians wearing Next Generation name tags. (High school and college groups were playing everywhere during the weekend.) The students were obviously awed, listening to the sax front line of David Sanchez on tenor and Miguel Zenon on alto.
But there is always a good "problem" at Monterey, where there are five sites to choose from. Established names and rising new players are booked into the small spots. Most headliners appearing on Jimmy Lyons Stage also play in one of the other places.
We obviously couldn't see everyone. We missed Vocalist Cassandra Wilson, singer Nancy Wilson and her tribute to Cannonball Adderley and the great Cuban flautist Maraca and his "Cuban Lullabies" show. We missed the Hammond B3 Blowout in the Night Club, as well, and we didn't catch any of bassist Christian McBride's appearances. Here the cliche rings true; the jazz fan at Monterey is truly like a kid in a candy store.