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Sunday at Monterey Jazz Festival: Joe Lovano

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2013 05:10pm | Post a Comment

It's the last day of the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival and the eight stages are blazing with the sounds of jazz throughout the Monterey Fair Grounds. We have a full schedule of signings today at the mini-Amoeba tent...five to be exact!

We just had the honor of sitting down to a signing and interview with GRAMMY Award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano. Since 2009, Lovano has been with Us Five, a dynamic young band that features drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and pianist James Weidman. His latest album Cross Culture is an 11-track tour de force that presents ten of Lovano’s original compositions along with a stunning interpretation of the Billy Strayhorn ballad “Star Crossed Lovers.” Augmenting his core group with the daring West African guitarist (and fellow Blue Note artist) Lionel Loueke, Lovano delivers his most fully realized representation of a career-long quest to explore the notion of universal musical language. MJF talent coordinator Bennett Jackson spoke with Lovano today:


Stay tuned for updates on our signings with Along Came Betty (4pm), David Sanborn & Bob James (4:30pm), Tammy Hall (5:30pm), and Davina & The Vagabonds (7:30pm).

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Saturday Night at Monterey Jazz Festival: The Relatives and Ravi Coltrane

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2013 11:20pm | Post a Comment

Saturday night ended big at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival with signings from The Relatives and Ravi Coltrane at the mini-Amoeba tent.the relatives amoeba music monterey jazz festival

Fresh from their electrifying set on the Garden stage, The Relatives (dapper in lavender suits) sat for a signing and meet & greet at the Amoeba tent. The Relatives were formed in 1970 by veteran Dallas Gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie. Their sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul, and Psychedelia. In the early 1970s, they recorded three obscure singles and a previously unreleased session — all of which are compiled on the acclaimed 2009 anthology, Don’t Let Me Fall. The release of the anthology brought The Relatives back together as a band, planting the seeds for their 2013 Yep Roc release, The Electric Word, which was recorded and produced by Jim Eno of Spoon, and is their first recording in 30 years!
 

Born on Long Island in 1965, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the ravi coltrane amoeba music monterey jazz festivalsecond son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father (who recorded the landmark Blue Train for Blue Note in 1957) died when Ravi was only two. Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised Ravi on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right.

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Saturday Afternoon at Monterey Jazz Festival: Signings with The California Honeydrops, Claire Daly, and Big Sam's Funky Nation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is on the scene at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival with our mini-Amoeba tent full of great deals and amazing signings with some of the festival's best musicians. Friday night was a blast with signings from Roberto Fonseca, Gregory Porter, and Snarky Puppy, and today (Saturday) has been epic indeed as we got to sit down for signing with The California Honeydrops, baritone sax player Claire Daly, and Big Sam's Funky NationLater tonight, we'll welcome The Relatives and Ravi Coltrane!

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, Second line New Orleans jazz, and early R&B. Plus, they're a hilarious bunch. We captured some of the fun on video:

 


When we caught up with Claire Daly and North Coast Brewing's Doug Moody, we discussed Baritone Monk, which was released by North Coast Brewing in October of 2012.
 

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Gregory Porter, Roberto Fonseca, and Snarky Puppy at the Amoeba Monterey Jazz Fest Tent

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2013 11:47pm | Post a Comment

The opening night of the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival is coming to a close and the final notes of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club's set are drifting through the crisp sea-side air from the Jimmy Lyons stage to our mini-Amoeba tent.

It's been an action-packed day of celebrity signings at our tent, starting with pianist Roberto Fonseca, who opened the festivities today on the Garden stage.

Then GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter graced the mini-Amoeba signing table between his two shows (Jimmy Lyons stage and Dizzy's Den). He charmed fans and signed autographs on his major label debut, Liquid Spirit, which is out now on Blue Note Records. This year we are lucky to once again have the help of Monterey Jazz Festival talent coordinator and musician Bennett Jackson, who jumped in and conducted a swift interview with Porter before Porter had to dash off to his next set. Check it out:
 


And as a special bonus surprise, Snarky Puppy dropped by for an unplanned signing! Genre-busters for sure, Snarky Puppy lands somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. Bennett Jackson sat down with the three core members (including award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League) and talked insider tips on Texas, New York, and their new album Family Dinner.
 

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Opening Night at Monterey Jazz Festival and Amoeba is on the Scene!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2013 07:35pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the beautiful Monterey Fair Grounds! We are Amoeba Music Monterey Jazz Festblogging LIVE from the Mini-Amoeba tent and will be here everyday of the festival (September 20 - 22), while offering rare and popular CDs and vinyl, special edition jazz t-shirts, books, posters, AND signings with some of this year's line-up of amazing artists!

Tonight, Friday, is opening night of the festival and the shows started roaring at 6:30pm. We have two stellar signings at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight, so stop on by and meet these jazz luminaries!

Signing at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight:
Roberto Fonseca – 8pm

When pianist Roberto Fonseca plays, the music seeps from yo roberto fonsecaevery pore in his body, at times on stage he stands and hammers the piano as if it were a percussion instrument or he grabs a drum and transforms his group into a comparsa – the Cuban carnival groups that parade the streets once a year . YO, Fonseca’s new album, continues this party like never before. Recognized as a major influence on modern Cuban jazz, and jazz in general, he proves that his horizons are not limited by the subtleties of jazz, nor to just the Caribbean.

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