Out this morning is the lineup for the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, set for September 19-21 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Arena and Grounds Packages go on sale May 12 and single-day tickets on June 26.
I will post an in-depth analysis in the coming days but among my initial impressions…
Gary Clark Jr. and Ana Popovic: Looks like we finally get to hear blues again on Saturday afternoon.
Booker T. Jones: Always a pleasure to catch this fellow Indiana University graduate in action.
Christian McBride Trio: Move heaven and earth to hear this giant talent with a small ensemble in a small venue.
Billy Childs: Look for Shawn Colvin to provide the vocals on the Lauro Nyro project.
Blue Note Records: The label that all but defines jazz turns 75 and gets feted Monterey style.
Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest Jason Moran, Cecile McLorin Salvant
Michael Feinstein with special guests Russell Malone and Harry Allen and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, Rueben Rogers and Eric Harland; Marcus Miller; Jon Batiste and Stay Human; Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Dizzy’s Den: Sangam with Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland; Red Baraat
Night Club: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Christian McBride Trio; Claudia Villela and Harvey Wainapel
Garden Stage: Sarah McKenzie Quartet, Melissa Aldana Crash Trio, SambaDa
Coffee House: Harold Mabern Trio (3 sets)
Dizzy’s Den: Billy Childs Quartet; Charles Lloyd-Gerald Clayton Duo, The Philadelphia Experiment with Christian McBride, ?uestlove, Uri Caine and special guest Booker T. Jones; Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Band with Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Dave, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge and Lionel Loueke; Becca Stevens, John Hanrahan Quartet, Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival
Night Club: Aaron Diehl Quartet, Eric Harland Voyager, Habaneros, Commanders Jazz Ensemble, Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival
Garden Stage: Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo; Jason Moran, Ana Popovic, Davina and The Vagabonds, Red Baraat
Coffee House: Donald Brown Trio (3 sets); Sarah McKenzie Quartet; Conversation about Mulgrew Miller and James Williams; Conversation about Blue Note Records
West Lawn: Sourmash Hug Band (2 sets)
Dizzy’s Den: Eric Harland Voyager, Tony Monaco, Pamela Rose and Wayne De La Cruz; Daniel Rosenboom Quintet; Conversation with Michael Feinstein, DownBeat Blindfold Test
Night Club: Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival
Garden Stage: Harold Lopez-Nussa, Ben Flocks Quartet, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band; Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wakenius; Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival
Coffee House: Geoffrey Keezer Trio (2 sets); Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival; Bari Koral
West Lawn: Minor Thirds Trio (2 sets)
Jazz on Film: “Legends of the Tenor Saxophone”; Charles Lloyd: “Arrows Into Infinity”; Jeremy Siskind and Friends on the Yamaha AvantGrand; Arena Simulcasts in The Jazz Theater; Coffee House Gallery Exhibits: “Blue Note Records: 75 Years of Excellence”; “Earl Newman: 50 Years of Monterey Jazz Festival Posters.”
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