It's Sunday At The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2011 02:05pm | Post a Comment
We’re sad to say that today is the last day of the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. It’s been a whirlwind weekend and we’ve met hundreds of amazing folks with excellent taste…they were shopping at Amoeba after all! It will be a bittersweet experience to pack it up and head back to our respective Amoeba locations, but we have one hell of a line-up of signings today at our Mini-Amoeba store!

Joshua Redman -- 2:30pm
Joshua Redman, 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. Joshua loved playing the saxophone and was a dedicated member of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo from 1983-86. In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies. He had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year. After moving to New York City, he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene, and began jamming and gigging regularly with some of the leading jazz musicians of his generation, including Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, Leon Parker, Jorge Rossy, and Mark Turner. In November of 1991, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and began to tour and record with jazz masters such as his father, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and Clark Terry.

Redman was quickly signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first, self-titled album in the spring of 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. That fall saw the release of Wish, on which Joshua was joined by the all-star cast of Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. His 1994, MoodSwing, introduced his first permanent band, which included three other young musicians who have gone on to become some of the most important and influential artists in modern jazz: pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade. Over a series of celebrated recordings including Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village VanguardFreedom in the Groove, and Timeless Tales, Redman established himself as one of the music’s most consistent and successful bandleaders. In 1998, Joshua formed his second acclaimed quartet, featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, and made its recorded debut on the 2000 album Beyond. The dynamic interplay and uncommon rapport of this group inspired Redman to write and record his first long-form composition, Passage of Time, which was released in 2001.

A year later, Redman formed the Elastic Band, a flexible, electrified, groove-based trio built on an ongoing collaboration with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade, releasing yaya3 and Elastic in 2002, and the Grammy-nominated Momentum in 2005. From 2000-2007, Redman was the Artistic Director for the Spring Season of the non-profit jazz-presenting organization SFJAZZ. With the creation of the SFJAZZ Collective in 2004, Redman led the eight-piece band, consisting of a multi-generational cast of accomplished musicians. The Collective’s repertoire features both commissioned works and new arrangements of the work of great modern jazz composers.

Also in 2007, Nonesuch Records released Back East, featuring Joshua alongside three stellar bass and drum rhythm sections (Larry Grenadier & Ali Jackson, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland) and three very special guest saxophonists (Chris Cheek, Joe Lovano, and Dewey Redman). Compass, released in January 2009, featured Joshua with a group of collaborators (bassists Larry Grenadier and Rueben Rogers, and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson).

Since 2009, Joshua has been performing with a collaborative band called James Farm featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland.

Vince Mendoza -- 3:30pm
Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor, and recording artist for the last 20 years. His early solo albums on Blue Note Records, Start Here and Instructions Inside, were critical triumphs that featured such artists as John Scofield, JoeLovano, Ralph Towner, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, and others. His CD Epiphany features his compositions played by the London Symphony Orchestra. His newest CD of chamber music, Blauklang, was nominated for a Grammy.

Mendoza is the Music Director and Chief conductor of the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, the only full time symphonic jazz orchestra in the world. He is frequently seen working with the Metropole Orchestra at concerts, festivals and recordings with the likes of Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, the Brecker Brothers, Vicente Amigo, Joe Lovano, and Ivan Lins; and with repertoire of composers as diverse as Bernstein, Stravinsky, Ellington, Josef Zawinul, and Ennio Morricone. In addition, he appears frequently as a guest conductor with orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S., Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.K. Mendoza's arranging has appeared on many critically acclaimed projects that include dozens of albums with song writing legends such as Björk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and Joni Mitchell. He has four Grammy awards and 16 nominations. He was the orchestral voice behind the score to Lars van Trier's Dancer in the Dark featuring Björk, as well as the orchestrations on her album Vespertine, and the orchestral CDs of Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now and Travelogue.

Erik Telford -- 4:30pm
Trumpeter Erik Telford grew up in Steinbeck country in a sleepy town called Pacific Grove, located on the central coast of California. As a teenager he was closely associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival Erik Telford Monterey Jazz Fest Amoeba Musicand as a senior in high school, he became the first recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship given by the Monterey Jazz Festival to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee, Erik studied jazz composition and trumpet with Greg Hopkins, classical composition with Dennis Leclaire and Vuk Kulenovic, and orchestral conducting with George Monseur and David Callahan. He graduated from Berklee in 2001 with a degree in film scoring. Erik has performed as a leader or sideman on four continents with artists such as Bill Berry, George Bohannan, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman, James Williams, Elias Haslanger, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, and Louie Bellson. He has been an artist at the Monterey, Montreux, North Sea, Melbourne, and Yokohama Honmoku jazz festivals.

Kinetic is Erik Telford’s debut solo album and contains all original material that was written over a 10-year period. Kinetic is influenced mainly by the jazz and fusion music of the late ‘60s and early to mid-‘70s. Erik now resides in Austin, Texas. In addition to leading his own group, Erik Telford Collective (ETC), he runs a horn section called Hellfire Horns who have quickly become a top call horn section for studio sessions and live performances with artists like Bob Schneider, The Scabs, Chris Pierce, Kevin Ahart, Akina Adderley, Paolo Negri, and The Walkmen. Erik also plays keyboards with singer/songwriter Kalu James.

Wil Blades -- 5:30pm
Wil Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area's first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. In 2007 and 2008, he was named in the DownbeatWill Blades Monterey Jazz Fest Amoeba Music Critics’ Poll under "Rising Star" for organ. For the past several years, Wil has been wowing Bay Area audiences with performing groups such as O.G.D., Motherbug, Amendola vs. Blades, and Steppin'. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

Born in 1979, Wil began playing drums at the age of eight, guitar at 13, and then found his true calling on Hammond B-3 at 19. While studying jazz at New College of California with Herbie Lewis, Wil landed weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Veteran musicians such as Oscar Myers, took him under their wings because Wil was barely of legal age. Being self-taught on organ, the weekly gigs proved to be the best lessons of all.

Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique. Wil currently leads his own groups around the Bay Area and is dedicating his time to teaching the Hammond B-3 Organ privately and at the Jazz school in Berkeley. Wil's debut record, Sketchy, is now available on Doodlin' Records.

Robert Glasper -- 6:30pm

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: this is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper’s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My ElementRobert Glasper Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music (2007). Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.

Career-wise, this creates a constant balancing act, and on occasion literally being double-booked, appearing with the Trio and the Experiment on the same night. Such is the storyline that emerges on Double-Booked, with conflicting voicemail messages from Terence Blanchard and Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, each pulling for a different Glasper band. The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper’s Experiment band but recently came on board the Trio as well. The Trio portion of Double-Booked culminates with an astonishing treatment of Thelonious Monk’s “Think of One.” In an ingenious and totally natural overlay, Glasper seizes an opportunity in last 'A' section to quote Ahmad Jamal’s “Swahililand,” the chord progression that formed the basis of De La Soul’s 1996 hip-hop classic “Stakes Is High,” co-written by Glasper’s hero and friend, the late beatmaster J Dilla. From that point forward, we are firmly in Experiment-land, with Chris Dave remaining on drums—although the drum sound on this half of the album can be markedly different from the first. “4Eva,” a live excerpt featuring rap icon Mos Def, leads us straight into another world.

Tia Fuller -- 7:30pm
Tia Fuller
-- the gifted saxophonist and teacher who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta (where she graduated Magna Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in Jazz Tia Fuller Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba MusicPedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude) -- was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé, as part of the I Am…Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour. Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience live DVDs and has also appeared on number of major television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards, Total Request Live, and the 2010 Grammy Awards.

In addition to receiving numerous awards and marks of distinction, Tia was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies 2003 graduation ceremony. In 2008, she had the privilege of participating in a press conference with pianist and composer, Danilo Perez and the Governor of the Republic of Panama, Carlos A. Villarino; and in 2009, Tia was the featured soloist playing the National Anthem for Detroit Tigers.

Tia believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is in her genes because her parents were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. As a devoted educator, she presents lectures and teaches ensembles and master classes at some of the most respected institutions in the country, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the IAJE Convention, Purchase College, WBGO’s “Children in Jazz” Series, Duquesne University and Panama Jazz Festival.

Tia moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, two days before the events of September 11, 2001. Despite the fact that the jazz community believed there was not much work in the area during that period, she wasn’t discouraged and used the tragic event as a reason to succeed. She got her first gig playing in a big band at a fish fry in South Jersey. Brad Leali, who was playing in the Count Basie Orchestra at the time, spread the word that Tia was a skillful saxophonist and flautist. This brought her to the attention of others in the jazz community, including Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Don Braden, and Don Byron, which led to her performing with a number of luminaries in the world of jazz.

An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded three CDs with her quartet. The first, Pillar of Strength, received praise as "an exhilarating work that introduced her as a leader who strives for perfection" (Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz). Her 2007 sophomore release, Healing Space, is an offering of “melodic medicine” that the wide-eyed optimist sincerely hopes will serve as a healing agent for those who indulge in it. Tia released her third CD, Decisive Steps in 2010.

Tia can also be seen performing regularly with a number of bands, including the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliff Gordon Septet.

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