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Monterey Jazz Festival 2018: When Women Ruled the Jazz Grounds

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
September 21-23, 2018

It made perfect sense when the Monterey Jazz Festival toasted it's milestone 60th anniversary last year with a bevy of tribute shows, a scheme which managed to accommodate in a bevvy of significant living players, while paying respects to the historic legacy of ...

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We Jazz: Moveable Feast Fest Theory

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We Jazz Festival
Helsinki, Finland
December 3-10, 2017

Although Finland has long had a vibrant jazz life, both in terms of its musician population and support for music coming from America, Europe and beyond, there has been a curious lapse in terms of festival representation in the central city of Helsinki. The ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

A Feast of Tributes, to Itself, Included

The distinctly stunning California outpost that is Monterey has been in the news, and making cultural history, in various ways this year. Over the summer, the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 16-18, 2016

In its 59th annual edition, the Monterey Jazz Festival once again delivered on its promise to bring a stylistic plethora and pageantry--with nods to more abstract or daring fare--to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Among the marquee bragging rights: an impressive new commissioned ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2015

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 18-20, 2015

Try as one might to just take the venerable but vibrant Monterey Jazz Festival for its immediate, present-tense and face value pleasure, historical angles keep filtering into the event, intentionally and otherwise. For this year's big, multi-staged jazz meeting at ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2014

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 19-21, 2014

Working the Numbers, and Young People Going Deep

Numbers worked in mysterious, seemingly synchronistic ways at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 57th anniversary year partly by also respectfully toasting the 75th anniversary of the mighty ...

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International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

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International Jazz Day
Istanbul, Turkey
April 30, 2013
At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...

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Panama Jazz Festival: Panama City, January 14-19, 2013

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Panama Jazz Festival
Panama City, Panama
January 14-19, 2013
Taking in the dense, ambitious and unusually large-spirited phenomenon that is the Panama Jazz Festival, which rounded the corner to its milestone tenth anniversary in this year's mid-January edition, the question of how this institution came to pass lurked in the periphery. How was it that this ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival, July 6-9, 2011

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival
Kongsberg, Norway
July 6-9, 2011
By now, it's a self-evident truth that Norway has become something of a hot spot on the global jazz map... again. This is hardly a late-breaking news sensation, given the long arc of jazz lore and fanaticism and support systems in place in this Scandinavian corner, ...