Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monterey 2012 coverage at NPR

Last fall, NPR gave the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival some heavy coverage. Patrick Jarenwattananon, who helms (and writes much of) NPR's jazz blog A Blog Supreme, traveled to Monterey, where a local NPR affiliate streamed and recorded several performances. HH and I wore NPR creds, contributing "The First Time Attendee's Guide to the Monterey Jazz Festival," "Monterey Jazz Festival 2011: A Game Plan," and post-performance interviews with pianists Helen Sung and Bill Carrothers. Back in our respective homes in Washington, DC and Minneapolis, Patrick and I wrote a recap over Instant Messenger. Here's the complete NPR coverage of MJF54.

NPR didn't make the trip this year, and we wore MinnPost creds, but I did write a piece for A Blog Supreme spotlighting five first-timers at Monterey, all singers. It gave me a chance to talk with the festival's artistic director, Tim Jackson, and an excuse (like I needed one) to see singers I'd never seen live. I skipped Melody Gardot because a late-in-the-game schedule change put her up against Jose James, whom I'd arranged to interview for MinnPost. But I had the chance to hear Meklit Hadero, Catherine Russell, James, and Gregory Porter, all of whom turned in fine performances. Both James and Porter look to be the next big thing, each in his own way: Porter more classic and mainstream (but so passionate), James more modern and cutting-edge, but with roots sunk deep in jazz history and tradition.

Jose James at MJF55 by John Whiting


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