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The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Wrap-Up!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 24, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music once again had the honor to be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival this pastamoeba music monterey jazz festival weekend (September 20 - 22nd) and to be on-site at the Monterey County Fairgrounds with a mini-Amoeba store! It was our third year in attendance, offering signings with many of the festival's most exciting acts in our Amoeba tent.

The festival, in it's 56th year, was ablaze with eight stages and 500 acts ranging from emerging artists like Roberto Fonseca and Davina & The Vagabonds, to jazz vets such as David Sanborn and Bob James, to superstars such as Gregory Porter and Ravi Coltrane. From Friday to Suday evening, we held 12 signings in the Amoeba tent and -- thanks to Monterey Jazz Festival Talent Coordinator Bennett Jackson -- we even got to sit down for a few short interviews. For full coverage of each signing, check out all of our Monterey Jazz Fest blog posts HERE. Below are the highlights from our whirlwind weekend of way-out jazz signings.

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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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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #17: Up in Harlem @ Apollo & Lenox Lounge, GZA, Dessa, & The Relatives, Concerts & Events

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2013 02:50pm | Post a Comment

In this installment of the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog I take a visit up to Harlem where the Apollo Theater (left) is holding strong. Unfortunately, another African American cultural landmark, the nearby legendary Lenox Lounge jazz club, recently faced eviction. In addition to a run down of some of the concerts and events (including NY Restaurant Week and free national monument admission day next week) in the week ahead, I also report on last weekend's WFMU benefit concert with The Relatives and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Bell House, and the GZA headlined show at Stage 48.
 
"This is where it all started. Before American Idol. Before Star Search and before all of these other great shows that are on, it was the Apollo Theater that really was the springboard to jump everything off," Vanessa Rogers, producer of Amateur Night at the Apollo, told me when I stopped by the Apollo Theater in the heart of Harlem. For close to eight decades (two of them televised on "Showtime at the Apollo") the legendary Harlem theater has been fueling dreams and jump-starting a seemingly never ending line of careers that have been kick-started at the Apollo. Since Superstorm Sandy hit, the Amateur night got put on hold. It will resume in early March with national regional auditions to get to Harlem taking place in the interim. Over the decades countless greats came to shine courtesy of the Apollo.  Billie Holiday, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Michael Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys,and Dave Chappelle are all among those who came to the historic uptown Manhattan venue on 125th Street as unknown 'amateurs' but left as future American superstars.

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