Indice - Table of contents

New Stuff[hide]

Staff: Bill Tilford
Grupos: Maykel Blanco y ... : Músicos - Members
Grupos: Orquesta Revé : Músicos
Grupos: Pupy y los que S... : Músicos
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 Monterey Jazz Fe...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 Monterey Jazz Fe...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 Monterey Jazz Fe...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 Monterey Jazz Fe...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 San Jose Jazz Su...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 San Jose Jazz Su...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 2022 San Jose Jazz Su...
Staff: Michelle White
Grupos: Pupy y los que S... : Discography 2
Grupos: Pupy y los que Son Son
Musicos: Richard Ortega López

Photos of the Day [hide]

cuban music, musica cubana cuban music, musica cubana cuban music, musica cubana cuban music, musica cubana
All

Tom Ehrlich - 2022 Monterey Jazz Festival Part 4

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY TOM EHRLICH © 2022

The last day of the Monterey Jazz Festival included many good performances. My report will include Kurt Elling's SuperBlue project, Flor de Toloache, Gerald Clayton Trio, Ravi Coltrane, Keyon Harrold, Kim Nalley featuring Houston Pearson and Gregory Porter.

Popular jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling brought his new project SuperBlue to the festival, which includes guitarist Charlie Hunter, drummer Corey Fontville (member of Butcher Brown), and DJ Harrison on keyboards/bass, which fuses funk, blues and hip hop forms with the traditional jazz concepts usually used by Elling. This new style of music should attract younger people to Kurt Elling's music.

Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter

Corey Fontville

Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter

Kurt Elling and DJ Harrison

Right to left Anna García, Mireya Ramos, Shea Viol and Elena Lacayo

Flor de Toloache is an all woman mariachi group based in New York City. Although the group is a quartet, much smaller than traditional mariachi groups, these outstanding musicians have a huge  and spiriited sound.  

Mireya Ramos

Violinist and vocalist Mireya Ramos is a self declared Afro-Mexicano.  One of the highlights of their set for me was their version of the famous Puerto Rican composer Tite Curet Alonso's song "Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negras," 

Anna García

Anna García is an excellent trumpeter.

Elena Lacayo and Shea Fiol

Elena Lacayo guitarrón player and vocalist provides bass lines, while Shea Fiol also a vocalist and player of a vihuela (guitar like instrument).

Shea Fiol

Mireya Ramos

Mireya Ramos

Shea Fiol

Elena Lacayo

Elena Lacayo

Mireya Ramos and Anna García

Shea Fiol

Flor de Tlooache performed different styles of modernized traditional Mexican music, which included music which got people to get up and dance.

Gerald Clayton, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross

I stopped by the West End Stage to check out Gerald Clayton Trio without knowing who Gerald's band mates would be.  i was ecstatic that two of my favorite young jazz musicians Joel Ross (vibes) and Immanuel Wilkins (sax) were members of the trio.

Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton is one of the better pianists, composers, arrangers and educators of his generation. Gerald is 38 years old.  Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins are both in their 20's and band leaders in their own right.

Gerald Clayton and Immanuel Wilkins

Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins

Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton

Joel Ross

Joel Ross is only 26 years old, but his playing, composing and arranging is on a scale of master musicians many years older than him. The future in Afro-American improvised music on vibes is in good hands.

Joel Ross

I have seen Joel perform a number of times, but this is the first time I witnessed him playing drums, which he did on a few songs.  

Joel Ross

Moving wonderful music.

Keyon Harrold

Trumpeter Keyon Harrold has an interesting and extensive background.  He has performed and recorded with a wide variety of musical group including hip hop stars Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Beyonce and Eminem, jazz groups Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter, David Sanborn, Lonnie Smith, Billy Harper and many others. 

Keyon Harrold

Most of Keyon's music emphasized social justice issues. 

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold and Dominique Sanders

The set presented intense and moving music where the crowd seemed to respect the music and Keyon's social justice themes. I saw another side of Keyon after his set completed and I went back stage to ask him some questions and help a young college student get acces to him so she could get some questions answered.  The college student and I waited for our turn while he was interviewed by a series of media people and young people.  During this whole time Keyon was warm, respectful and made sure he responded to everyone's inquiries. Besides being a wonderful musician, composer and band leader, he is also a compasionate and caring individual who has gained my respect on all levels. 

Kim Nalley

Back to the Garden Stage to see the wonderful, soulful Bay Area vocalist Kim Nalley with special guest legendary Houston Pearson - a real treat for me, since this was the first time I had the opportunity to photogaph him. 

Kim Nalley, Michael Zisman and Houston Pearson

Houston Pearson

Kim Nalley

Houston Pearson

Well known Houston Pearson is a soul jazz legend who will turn 88 on November 0, 2022. His playing is still strong and soulful.

Houston Pearson

Houston Pearson

Really enjoyed this set. Vocalist Maria Malduar was also supposed to perform with the group, but I did not get to see her - had to move on to other bands.

Brandee Younger, Ravi Coltrane and Lonnie Plaxico

Ravi Coltrane presented music dedicated to the music of his parents John and Alice Coltrane.  He was joined by Brandee Younger on harp, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Gadi Lehavi om keyboards and Elé Howell in drums.

Brandee Younger and Ravi Coltrane

Brandee Younger, Ravi Coltrane and Lonnie Plaxico

Brandee Younger, Ravi Coltrane and Lonnie Plaxico

As expected, the music was deep, spiritual and beautiful.

Gregory Porter and Chip Crawford

The last band of the festival was the great superstar vocalist Gergory Porter. I have seen him perform numerous times and he never disappoints.  As usual his long time associate, musical director and pianist Chip Crawford enhanced the music.

Tivon Pennicott sax and Emanuel Harrold drums

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter, Emmanuel Harrold, and Tivon Pennicott

Gregory Porter, Tivon Pennicott and Ondrej Pivec

Gregory Porter, Tivon Pennicott and Ondrej Pivec

Gregory Porter and Tivon Pennicott

As always an extremely satisfying performance and Gregory responded to a standing ovation by doing an encore, which is unusual for the festival.  The end of another great jazz festival.

Friday, 14 October 2022, 12:44 AM