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The 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Wrap-Up!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2011 05:13pm | Post a Comment
We’re back from the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival where we were onsite at the Monterey Fair Grounds with a Mini-Amoeba store selling CDs, vinyl, posters, and special edition jazz t-shirts. We wereIndia.Arie Idan Raichel Monterey Jazz Festival also live blogging all about the amazing signings with jazz luminaries we hosted at our tent and making hundreds of new friends! Now it’s time to share the photos and great experiences we had withthe many heroes and their fans we met while out in Monterey.

There were several artists that made a huge splash at the festival and their albums flew off our Mini-Amoeba shelves directly after their performances. Friday night, pianist Hiromi gave two performances that blew the audiences’ socks off and created a weekend-long craze for her newest release, Voice. Another was Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter India.Arie who performed with Israeli artist Idan Raichel on Sunday. Their collaboration, Open Door, hasn’t been released yet, but you should check out their separate works, which were very popular at our tent. Bassist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader Richard Bona performed with guitarist, singer, and songwriter Raul Midon as the Duwala Malambo Project on Friday and Saturday, creating quite a stir for their back catalogue.

Now onto the artists we featured at our signing table! Friday night, Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard stopped by to sign before they hit the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage where they played with their new project, Cubano Be Cubano Bop, a tribute to the legacy of the Original Conga King Chano Pozo and his co-conspirator in Latin jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. Check out our blog from that night, which features a video and of the experience!

Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard
Poncho Sanchez Terrence Blanchard Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Saturday, the Mini-Amoeba signing table was visited by saxophonist Donny McCaslin, rock-a-boogie genius Mitch Woods, the innovative New Orleans brass band Soul Rebels, and guitar great John Pizzarelli (view our interview with the charming Pizzarelli HERE!)

Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music  

Mitch Woods
Mitch Woods Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Soul Rebels
Soul Rebels Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music


Sunday was our most eventful day at the signing table as we hosted sax man Joshua Redman, composer, conductor, and recording artist Vince Mendoza (view our interview with this legendary talent HERE!), trumpeter Erik Telford, organist Wil Blades, pianist Robert Glasper, and glamorous sax sensation Tia Fuller.

Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Vince Mendoza
Vince Mendoza Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Erik Telford
Erik Telford Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music

Tia Fuller (right) with Mimi Jones
Tia Fuller Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music Mimi Jones

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Richard Bona (2), India.arie (2), Hiromi (2), Monterey Jazz Festival (27), Poncho Sanchez (5), Terence Blanchard (4), Tia Fuller (3), Soul Rebels (5), Mitch Woods (3), John Pizzarelli (3), Joshua Redman (4), Robert Glasper (3), Erik Telford (3), Wil Blades (3), Vince Mendoza (5)