Articles by Forrest Dylan Bryant

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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 1: Friday

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DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 The 50th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held September 21-24, had the deck stacked in its favor from the get-go. Already possessed of the ineffable mystique that comes with being one of the most storied venues in jazz, a famously convivial scene in a legendary setting, this year's edition had the added allure of a golden anniversary--and a heavyweight artist lineup to match. The festival shattered attendance records and, despite a ...

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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 2: Saturday

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DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 James Hunter: Turning Back the ClockSaturday, 1:00 p.m.--The Arena

Friday night's drizzle has held on tenaciously through the morning hours, turning the 50th annual Monterey Jazz Festival into a soggy, mud-speckled event. The Arena is mostly empty as British soul man James Hunter begins the traditional Saturday blues program. But even if much of the sellout crowd is staying home so far, the preponderance of slickers ...

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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 3: Sunday

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DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 Banana Slug String Band: Getting Dirty Sunday, 1:20 p.m.--Garden Stage

“Okay, put down your beers and hold up your munchers!" says the man calling himself Doug Dirt. Several dozen members of the audience comply, raising their arms and working their fingers like snapping jaws. “Great," the man yells encouragingly. “And you guys over here? You're sunbeams!" Huh? What the heck is going on here?

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 3: Sunday

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3Sunday, September 17, 12:30pm - The Night Club

Day Three of the 49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off with a lively discussion on the topic of “Whatz Jazz and Whatz Not," moderated by writer Dan Ouellette and sponsored by the Jazz Journalists Association. I had the honor of sitting on this panel, along with Seattle-based writer Paul de Barros, writer/broadcaster/producer Willard Jenkins, KCSM-FM morning host Alisa Clancy, and super-reviewer Scott ...

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 2: Saturday

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Saturday, September 16, 1:00pm - The Arena

My calendar says Saturday, but here at the Monterey Jazz Festival it must be Sunday morning. A revival meeting is underway at the Arena stage as the McCollough Sons of Thunder, straight from Harlem's United House of Prayer, fill the air with worshipful brass. It sounds like a Salvation Army convention on Bourbon Street.

The McCollough group is unique, not ...

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 1: Friday

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3It was clear from the first press release that the 49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, presented by Verizon, would feature a mind-boggling array of top jazz talent--Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Kurt Elling, Roy Hargrove and many others crowded the program on five stages over three days (September 15-17). But no roster of names can convey the deep-seated sense of community and exultant atmosphere that pervades the Monterey County Fairgrounds each year. This ...

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Robert Glasper at Joe's Pub

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Robert Glasper QuintetJoe's Pub, NYCJanuary 13, 2006Anyone who attended Robert Glasper's January 13th set at Joe's Pub solely on the basis of Canvas, Glasper's recent recording for Blue Note, was in for a major shock. Canvas is a very well executed, compelling, but quite straightforward jazz album. What Glasper and his crew laid down at Joe's was a glimpse of the music's future, pure and simple.The casually dressed group -- with Glasper at the piano, ...


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