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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 1: Friday

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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 ...

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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 2: Saturday

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James Hunter: Turning Back the Clock
Saturday, 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 ...

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Monterey Notebook 2007, Part 3: Sunday

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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 ...

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 3: Sunday

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Sunday, 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 ...

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 2: Saturday

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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, ...

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Monterey Notebook 2006, Part 1: Friday

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It 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). ...

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Robert Glasper at Joe's Pub

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Robert Glasper Quintet
Joe's Pub, NYC
January 13, 2006
Anyone 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 ...

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Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities

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When Scott Amendola sits down at his drum kit, almost anything can happen. That's not mere hyperbole; it's a fact. From his base in Berkeley, California, Amendola provides the rhythmic drive for some of the most creative and acclaimed ensembles in the jazz avant- garde, including the Nels Cline Singers and his own Scott Amendola Band. ...

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Billy Butterfield & Andy Bartha: Take Me to the Land of Jazz

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The annals of jazz are full of figures like Andy Bartha and Billy Butterfield. Solid horn players with long, respectable careers as sidemen, they remained on the fringes of popular attention, occasionally brushing greatness but never attaining that status themselves.

Butterfield came close, playing trumpet alongside Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman in the swing ...

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David "Fathead" Newman at Pearl's

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David “Fathead" Newman
Jazz at Pearl's
San Francisco, CA
January 22, 2006

When David “Fathead" Newman picks up his weathered tenor saxophone and begins to blow, he doesn't compel you to listen with a towering tone or crazy acrobatics. He does it by connecting with his music on a human level, embodying a depth of ...