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Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Herbie Hancock, Booker T., Charles Lloyd and So Much More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment

herbie hancock monterey jazz festivalIt was a big Saturday at the Mini-Amoeba tent with all-star signings from 1pm straight through to 10pm. We knew we were going to have a great day when we opened to the sounds of Red Baraat emanating from the Garden Stage just steps from the Amoeba tent and then kicked off our signings with the one, the only Herbie Hancock!

The legendary Herbie Hancock joined us to sign copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project (winner of two 2011 GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Collaboration and Best Improvised Jazz Solo) and Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros. Years. During his illustrious career spanning five decades, he’s won 14 Grammy’s, and influenced acoustic and electronic jazz like no one else in the biz. Mr. Hancock was charming and gracious with the scores of fans who turned out to meet the great man.

Quick on the heels of the Hancock signing and their ripping set on the Garden Stage, all eight members of Brooklyn's eclectic Red Baraat sat at the Amoeba tent for a signing of their latest album, Shruggy Ji. Impossible to define by genre, Red Baraat creates a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. You need to hear them to believe them.

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Opening Night at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2014 11:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is back at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mini-Amoeba tent full of CDs and vinyl, t-shirts, books, posters, and spectacular signings with some of the shining stars of this year's festival line-up. Every day of the festival (September 19 - 21) brings a new and exciting schedule of talent to our tent.

Tonight was opening night and we were honored to welcome singer Cecile McLorin Salvant in between cecile mclorin salvanther sets on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the Night Club. It was Cecile's Monterey Jazz Fest debut, but she is well-known to the fans who flocked to the Mini-Amoeba for her signing for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She also composes music and lyrics, which she sings in English, French, and Spanish. In 2012, Cecile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley, and James Chirillo. WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Just as Cecile had to dash to her next performance, we welcomed another MJF newbie, Chilean melissa aldana crash triosaxophonist Melissa Aldana and the other two members of the Crash Trio - bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. They had just wowed the audience at the Garden Stage and continued to charm their fans as they signed copies of their self-titled debut album for Concord, which features originals written by all three band members and two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

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Amoeba Sponsors the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19-21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 20, 2014 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Monterey Jazz FestivalWe are very proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival and to be on-site with a Mini-Amoeba store! Every year we have an amazing time meeting jazz fans and seeing the world's best talent. This year's line-up is going to be one of the best yet!

The 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival welcomes more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! Come see live sets from Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Michael Feinstein, and so many more!

Swing by the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their albums at our booth after their performance.

Here's who is signing at the mini-Amoeba:

 

Friday, September 19 Saturday, September 20 Sunday, September 21

Cecile McLorin Salvant -- 8:50pm

Show Honors Legendary Jazz Drummer Billy Higgins

Posted by Billy Gil, July 15, 2014 01:14pm | Post a Comment

billy higginsBilly Higgins is widely considered one of the most important drummers in rock history. Balancing function and form, Higgins supported such legendary jazz artists as Ornette Coleman, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Witherspoon, serving as the house drummer for Blue Note in the1960s and playing on dozens of albums.

In 1989, Higgins founded cultural center The World Stage in Los Angeles to provide workshops for young musicians in performance and writing. Higgins died in 2001 with an estimable musical legacy behind him.

The World Stage Arts, Education and Performance Gallery will hold its 25th anniversary celebration, Honoring the Legacy of Billy Higgins, at the Ford Theatres Aug. 24, featuring performances by former students and jazz notables including Bennie Maupin, Hubert Laws, Patrice Rushen, Carmen Lundy, Dwight Trible, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and more. Tickets start at $30. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event, along with KJAZZ.

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Check Out Free Jazz at Hollywood & Highland in July

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

The annual Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series, presented by KJAZZ 88.1, kicks off July 1, giving jazz fans something fun and free to do every Tuesday in July from 7 to 9 p.m.

On July 1 the series will host Latin American percussionist Pete Escovedo. The jazz great has a celebrated solo career, having released solo albums since the late 1970s and having played with groups such as Santana.

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The event will also feature wines by Stella Rosa and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering. (There's a nominal charge for wine; proceeds go toward Project Angel Food, a non-profit that provides food to the seriously ill.) It takes place in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level) of Hollywood & Highland.

Next, on July 8, the series will host Brian Auger's Oblivion Express. Jazz and rock keyboardist Auger has been releasing albums solo and in collaboration since the 1960s, having played with the likes of Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.

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