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Category: Jazz
September 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Even at 57, Monterey Jazz Festival still finding new levels of groove

MONTEREY, Calif. — When Tim Jackson took over the programming of the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1992, he assured its somewhat conservative patrons that he would introduce artistic changes gradually at the parklike Monterey Fairgrounds.

Jackson has kept his word, but the festival’s 57th edition this past weekend felt like a watershed. Saturday night’s arena headliner was a jazz-influenced hip-hop act, The Roots, which topped a thematic through-line of contemporary African-American music that placed the festival firmly in the present. It was a meaty, satisfying lineup.

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Herbie Hancock, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Roots

August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.

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July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Earshot Jazz Festival makes early announcement

Saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Jacky Terrasson are some of the headliners announced this week by Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz for its annual festival, which runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 11 at various venues around the city. Other shows feature bassist Linda Oh, vocalist Carmen Lundy and…

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Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Dave Douglas, Earshot Jazz, Pharaoh Sanders

July 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Timber! music fest back to rock the forest

After the success of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival last year, organizer Kevin Sur felt one emotion: a deep, abiding gratitude to everyone who had helped bring it off without a hitch.

It was a feeling that stuck with him as he chose soul revivalist Charles Bradley to top a 2014 lineup that includes J. Mascis, Damien Jurado and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. The festival runs July 24-26 and kicks off Thursday afternoon with a performance by the Shumba Marimba Ensemble.

“We felt like we had an overwhelming amount of support from the music community in making our first year a success, and that got me thinking about Charles Bradley,” Sur said.

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July 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Light in the Attic provides cool sounds on a hot day

For those seeking a little outdoor fun, while staying out of the sun, Light in the Attic’s First Annual Summer Spectacular offered a great way to find some relief from the record-breaking heat.

Barry Overton's set gave LITA's event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

Overton Berry’s set gave LITA’s event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

The Seattle-based record label, known for its reissue projects like the “Wheedle’s Groove” CD and film covering Seattle’s ’70s-era funk scene, and a lavish box set by iconoclastic singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood, hosted a laid-back afternoon of live entertainment yesterday at their warehouse/record store on a quiet street in Ballard.

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Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alex Maas, Black Angles, Light in the Attic

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