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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.

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Amoeba Music Interviews Composer Vince Mendoza At The Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2011 09:39pm | Post a Comment
Composer, conductor, and recording artist Vince Mendoza stopped by the Mini-Amoeba signing table at the Monterey Jazz Festival today and we were once again lucky to have our friend Bennett Jackson on hand to ask a few questions about his upcoming album and his presentation for the evening, Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead, featuring music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.

It's Sunday At The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2011 02:05pm | Post a Comment
We’re sad to say that today is the last day of the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. It’s been a whirlwind weekend and we’ve met hundreds of amazing folks with excellent taste…they were shopping at Amoeba after all! It will be a bittersweet experience to pack it up and head back to our respective Amoeba locations, but we have one hell of a line-up of signings today at our Mini-Amoeba store!

Joshua Redman -- 2:30pm
Joshua Redman, 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. Joshua loved playing the saxophone and was a dedicated member of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo from 1983-86. In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies. He had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year. After moving to New York City, he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene, and began jamming and gigging regularly with some of the leading jazz musicians of his generation, including Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, Leon Parker, Jorge Rossy, and Mark Turner. In November of 1991, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and began to tour and record with jazz masters such as his father, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and Clark Terry.

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Amoeba Music Interviews John Pizzarelli At The Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 10:00pm | Post a Comment
Today at the Mini-Amoeba at the Monterey Jazz Festival we were lucky nab an Interview with John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, after he signed autographs in celebration of his latest album Rockin’ In Rhythm. Thanks to Bennett Jackson for joining us for this fun conversation with a true great.

Today At The Monterey Jazz Festival: A Full Day Of Amazing Signings At The Mini-Amoeba!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 01:41pm | Post a Comment
It’s Saturday, our second day at the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival where we are onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! Our tent has been jumping with festival goers who can’t get enough of the pianist Hiromi, whose newest release, Voice, has been flying off our shelves after her two performances at the festival yesterday. It’s Hiromi Mania! If you’d like to check out the piano magic, check out her albums on our site. Other hot items at the Mini-Amoeba include Richard Bona’s Ten Shades of Blues and Raul Midon’s Synthesis


Today we have a full roster of signings and it’s sure to be an amazing day for fans, who will have the opportunity to meet their heroes inside the Mini-Amoeba tent.

Donny McCaslin -- 3:30pm
Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start after attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, when he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslinDonny McCaslin Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music moved to New York in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead, with whom he made the 1995 disc Vibe. McCaslin began to turn heads with his solo work in larger ensembles like Ken Schaphorst’s Big Band and Maria Schneider Orchestra, where his performance on the album Concert in the Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004.

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