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Monday September 19, 2016

From Mercury News

Monterey Jazz: Bad Plus, Joshua Redman, Somi among Day Two highlights
By: Jim Harrington

Here were some of the top moments from Day Two (Saturday) of the Monterey Jazz Festival:
The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman: There was sensational chemistry between the Berkeley saxophonist and this magic Minnesota trio (consisting of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King). Grab a copy of their 2015 collaboration, “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,” and you’ll hear what I mean.

It was the second of three performances at this year’s festival for the 47-year-old Redman, who is the 2016 Showcase Artist. Redman, who is yet another product of Berkeley High School’s legendary jazz program, also led his Still Dreaming ensemble (featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade) on Friday. Also, the Joshua Redman Quartet is set to perform on Sunday.

Somi: The singer-songwriter did a fine job supporting her “The Lagos Music Salon,” which topped the jazz charts back in 2014. The album was inspired by the 18 months that Somi spent living in Lagos, Nigeria.

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