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Tuesday September 13, 2016

From The Mercury News

Monterey Jazz Fest: Legends share bill with YouTube sensation
By: Jim Harrington

Jazz festivals just don’t get any better than Monterey.

Music fans know this, which is why thousands will be flocking from all around Northern California and well beyond to the seaside city this weekend.

So many great artists are performing at this year’s three-day event, which runs Sept. 16-18 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. The list includes such top-tier talents as Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Frisell and Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Here is a look at just a few of the major attractions for this year’s festival…

Terri Lyne Carrington

The award-winning drummer-bandleader-composer, who has collaborated with such notables as Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and Cassandra Wilson, is this year’s artist-in-residence and will perform two big sets at the festival.

She’ll bring her Mosaic Project – featuring stellar vocalists Lizz Wright and Valerie Simpson, among others – to the Jimmy Lyons Stage at 8:50 p.m. Sept. 17.

The Massachusetts native, who was the drummer on TV’s “Arsenio Hall Show,” also performs with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on the Jimmy Lyons Stage.

Carrington is following in the footsteps of such previous artists-in-residence as Regina Carter (2004), Terence Blanchard (2007) and Dianne Reeves (2010).

Joshua Redman

As this year’s showcase artist, the Berkeley native will be all over the festival, performing three times with three different ensembles on three different stages over the weekend.

First up, the gifted saxophonist performs with his Still Dreaming ensemble (trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Dizzy’s Den. The project is inspired by the great Old and New Dreams quartet of the ’70s and ’80s, which featured trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Ed Blackwell and Redman’s father, saxophonist Dewey Redman.

He’ll then take the stage with The Bad Plus, the acclaimed trio known for covering everything from ABBA and Nirvana to Black Sabbath and Ornette Coleman, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Jimmy Lyons Stage. Then the Joshua Redman Quartet performs at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Dizzy’s Den.

Redman joins an elite group of artists who have performed as showcase artists at the festival. Others include Don Byron (2002), John Scofield (2005), Robert Glasper (2011) and Charles Lloyd (2014).

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