I rarely get a chance to write when I am out on the road but I thought I would take a moment to check in since I have not posted here in a few weeks. I am at the 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. This is the granddaddy of jazz festivals and so far it has been great. On Friday evening and Saturday, I got to hear great music from The Yellowjackets, Roy Hargrove & RH Factor, Babatunde Lea, Peter Apfelbaum, Hiromi, Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, Robert Lowery & Virgil Thrasher, McCollough Sons of Thunder, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, and Dianne Reeves. Today, I am looking forward to seeing Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Hank Jones, and Aaron Goldberg. The Monterey Jazz Festival is like being at a banquet with more food than you could ever imagine eating. You know you can eat every dish or see every performer but it is great to get a small portion of as much as you can. Hmmmm…I must be getting if I am making food analogies.
One of my coolest moments during the festival was meeting Dianne Reeves after her wonderful set in the Main Arena last night. She is very gracious. The photo above is from that special moment. More photos and notes very soon.
In the meantime and as always, enjoy your music!