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.