Amoeba's Monterey Jazz Fest 2015 Wrap Up: Trombone Shorty, Nikki Hill, Dianne Reeves & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2015 09:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba tent at Monterey Jazz Festival, 2015It's been another amazing year of Jazz in the sun and stellar signings at the Mini Amoeba tent at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. We couldn't have asked for a more exciting, action-packed schedule of signings with Jazz luminaries for our fifth year onsite at the prestigious and historic three-day festival.

This year we hosted 17 signings (incuding the surprise visit from The Brothers Comatose) in just three days! We are honored to have had the chance to work with these monster talents - all of them legends or soon-to-be legends - and with the gracious staff of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

On Friday night (September 18) we kicked off our all-star roster with a 9pm signing with pianist Geri Allen who arrived fresh from the Jimmy Lyons Stage where she had just presented “The Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea.” This tribute performance marks the 60th anniversary of the recording of Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea.

Geri Allen

Glamorous French vocalist Cyrille Aimee joined us at 9:45pm after a smoldering set at the Night Club and signed her major label debut, It's A Good Day.

Cyrille Aimee

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Opening Night at Monterey Jazz Fest: Signings With Geri Allen & Cyrille Aimee

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2015 07:30pm | Post a Comment

It's opening night here at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and we are on site with our Mini-Amoeba store! Our spacious tent is bursting with CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, pins, books, and posters. Plus we are hosting amazing signings with many of the stars of this year's festival. We have a brand new schedule of talent signing every day of the festival (September 18 - 20), so check out our line-up below and visit us often.

Tonight we have signings with Geri Allen at 9:00pm and Cyrille Aimee at 9:45pm.

Pianist, composer, bandleader, educator, and Guggenheim Fellow Geri Allen presents the Erroll Garner geri allenProject: Concert by the Sea tonight at 7:30pm on the Jimmy Lyons Stage, marking the 60th anniversary of the recording of Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea. Allen is currently Director of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. For the past 30 years she has recorded, performed, and collaborated with some of the most important artists of our time including Ornette Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, George Shirley, Dewey Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Sandra Turner-Barnes, Charles Lloyd, Marcus Belgrave, Betty Carter, Jason Moran, Lizz Wright, Marian McPartland, Roy Brooks, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion, Laurie Anderson, Terri Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, Hal Wilner, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carrie Mae Weems, Angelique Kidjo, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Farah Jasmin Griffin, Howard University's Afro-Blue, and many others.

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Amoeba Sponsors the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18-20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2015 06:59pm | Post a Comment


Monterey Jazz Festival

Amoeba Music is proud to be an official sponsor of the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and to once Monterey Jazz Festivalagain be on-site with the Mini-Amoeba store! Each year, we have a magical time meeting jazz fans and seeing the world's best musicians. 

This year's festival welcomes more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! Come see amazing sets from Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Trombone Shorty, Monty Alexander, Pete Escovedo, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Snarky Puppy, Lizz Wright, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and so many more!

Be sure to visit us at 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.

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Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival: Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd, and More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment

The 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival came to a close on Sunday at 11pm, but the music and fun lives on in our memories and newly-expanded music collections! Besides getting to experience our jazz superheroes play live, the greatest thing about the Monterey Jazz Fest is discovering new favorites. Sunday at the Mini-Amoeba tent, we had a wonderful mix of legends and soon-to-be legends signing for fans.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human brought their inspiring high-energy and humor to the Amoeba tent directly jon batiste & stay human monterey jazz festfrom playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage (and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall just two days prior). Peerless artistry combined with old fashioned showmanship is at the heart of Jon Batiste's musical vision, which he calls Social Music. Social Music is also the title of his full-length debut with his musical collective, Stay Human. Both the title of the album and the name of the band are telling. Virtuosic pianist Batiste transcends music genres with his modern take on American music, reviving the roots of jazz, blues and so much more yet playing it in a way that is fresh, accessible and engaging. Check out Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Saturday, October 4th in San Francisco.

Two-time GRAMMY-winner Marcus Miller joined us after playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage to sign his latest album, Renaissance. Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, but is primarily a world-renowned electric bassist who has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Kathleen Battle to Billy Idol. Always gracious with his fans, Miller even signed one fan's bass with visible joy.

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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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