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Tuesday September 29, 2015

From SF Gate

A Look Back at the 58th Monterey Jazz Fest
By: Yoshi Kato

The Monterey Jazz Festival’s 58-year old “trumpet on chair” logo is as identified with the annual musical and cultural institution as its idyllic beach town setting and impressive bookings. So it’s only appropriate that the 2015 version, which ran from Friday, Sep. 18 through Sunday, Sep. 20, would feature a broad array of trumpet virtuosos.

Three of the top ‘80s/’90s “Young Lion” era players from New Orleans — Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton — were there. Next generation talent, including Trinidadian Etienne Charles and East Bay native Ambrose Akinmusire, was also well represented.

Strolling into the festival on Friday evening one was even greeted with sweet trumpet tones as Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors’ Mao Sone Japan soloed with determination on the Garden Stage.

Two New Orleans natives were playing across one another for the final sets of their respective venues. Blanchard held court at Dizzy’s Den, appropriately enough, with his dynamic new electrified E-Collective quintet, constantly switched between his horn, a small keyboard and an Apple laptop.

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