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December 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The Roots: From ‘The Tonight Show’ to the Showbox

The Roots. Photo courtesy of Bearded Gentlemen Music. The Roots, a group that has managed to thrive at the heart of hip-hop while freely satirizing its stupidities, is riding the kind of high, narrow ridge that protest groups of the ’60s traversed after gaining major media access. Sure, the band plays to a huge TV audience…

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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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