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Friday, December 4, 2009

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour In 2010


MJF/52 All-Star Band Features Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Russell Malone,

Kurt Elling, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, And Johnathan Blake

34-Date Tour Kicks Off February 5, 2010 In Connecticut,

Continues Through 32 Cities In 17 States From February - May, 2010

December 1, 2009, Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education and presentation since 1958, announces the thirty-four date, nationwide, six-week tour of the MJF/52 All-Stars, billed as the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. Traveling through thirty-two cities in seventeen states, the group features the nine-time Grammy®-nominated and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano; Grammy-nominated violinist Regina Carter; Grammy-winning guitarist Russell Malone; seven-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Kurt Elling; bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa; and Grammy-nominated drummer Johnathan Blake. The tour will take place in two phases, and will begin its twenty-performance East Coast run in eleven states on February 5, 2010 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and will finish on February 28 at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The second leg of the tour begins on the West Coast in Bellingham, Washington on April 14, 2010, and continues with an additional fourteen dates in six states, ending in Detroit, Michigan, on May 1.

Members of the MJF/52 All-Star Band have a special relationship with the Monterey Jazz Festival, and have a commitment to the cultivation of jazz audiences worldwide. Pianist Kenny Barron made his first of his eight appearances at MJF in the early 1960s with Dizzy Gillespie; violinist Regina Carter was selected as Artist-In-Residence for MJF/47 in 2004 and has appeared at the Festival four times since 1999. Vocalist Kurt Elling, also selected as MJF’s Artist-In-Residence for MJF/49 in 2006, has appeared on the stages of the Festival four times since 2003. Guitarist Russell Malone has appeared five times at MJF since 1997. Both bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake made their second appearances at MJF/52. All together, the members of the MJF/52 All-Star group have performed at Monterey twenty-four times.

“With the success of our 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008 and the subsequent Grammy win a year later for Terence Blanchard for the live recording at MJF/50, we were anxious to continue the spirit and excitement created by the inaugural event and build an even stronger platform for the 2010’s “MJF On Tour,” said Tim Jackson, General Manager for the Monterey Jazz Festival. “With Kenny Barron (piano), Regina Carter (violin), Kurt Elling (vocal), and Russell Malone (guitar) as this year’s principal artists and with the superb support of Kenny’s working trio, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and drummer Johnathan Blake, we have created an ensemble that is both sonically interesting and hard swinging. These artists all embody the history, spirit and legacy of the Monterey Jazz Festival and each has a past relationship with MJF that includes performance and educational activities, both core components of Monterey’s mission statement. They are an amazing band that will embody the past, present, and future of jazz.”

The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour will appear at major performing arts organizations in many regions of the county, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. For a complete list of shows, please see below or visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org. Each of the shows will feature a selection of standards and originals from all periods of jazz.

All-Star Bands at Monterey have been a long-standing tradition at MJF. Starting in 1966, the Festival assembled master musicians under the “Monterey All-Stars” moniker. At least seventeen Monterey All-Star Bands have graced the stages of Monterey and have included Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Sonny Stitt, Max Roach, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, and many more as members. In 2007, the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars (featuring Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Benny Green, Nnenna Freelon, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott) performed a ten-week tour of the United States, performing for 44,000 fans in 52 cities in 22 states. A recording on Monterey Jazz Festival Records -- an imprint of Concord Records -- from their performance at MJF/50, Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, was nominated for two Grammys (Terence Blanchard and James Moody were both nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Category) with the Grammy going to Terence Blanchard on February 8, 2009, making it the first Grammy for the fledgling label.

About the MJF/52 All-Stars

Pianist and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962, and he has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich, Yusef Lateef, and many more. From 1974 to 2000, Kenny was on the faculty at Rutgers University as professor of music, and has mentored many of today’s young talents including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, and Regina Bell. Kenny was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2009, he was named a Living Legacy by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He has recorded over 40 albums as a leader, and has earned 9 Grammy nominations. He was selected as a NEA Jazz Master for 2010, the nation’s highest honor in jazz.

Grammy-nominated drummer and composer Johnathan Blake, has been working steadily in the contemporary jazz scene for the past 10 years, and is the first-call drummer for many notable jazz musicians such as Tom Harrell, David Sanchez, Russell Malone, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, and Oliver Lake, to name a few. Eventually attending William Paterson University in New Jersey and studying with Rufus Reid, John Riley, Steve Wilson, and Horace Arnold, he also was gigging professionally with the Oliver Lake Big Band, Roy Hargrove, and David Sanchez. By 2007, Johnathan received a Master’s degree from the Rutgers University, studying with Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, and Stanley Cowell, primarily focusing on his compositional skills. Johnathan is currently a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet, the Russell Malone Quartet, and he performs regularly with Kenny Barron, Avishai Cohen, and Omer Avital.

Regina Carter began performing on violin at the age of four. Regina attended Detroit's prestigious Cass Technical High School. Upon graduating, she departed for the New England Conservatory of Music, only to return to Michigan’s Oakland University, seasoning her chops by gigging with several local musicians. By 1994, she had returned to New York, recording two solo albums for Atlantic while also working with the String Trio of New York, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Greg Tate and the Black Rock Coalition. Carter joined Verve Records in 1998 and has since recorded five critically acclaimed works: Rhythms of the Heart; Motor City Moments; Paganini: After a Dream; Freefall (a duet project with pianist Kenny Barron) and I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey. Her playing has appeared on filmmaker Ken Burns’ soundtrack for the PBS documentary, Jazz; Wynton Marsalis’ opera Blood on the Fields; Cassandra Wilson’s Traveling Miles; Mary J. Blige’s My Life; and Latin Jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri on his Grammy award-winning Listen Here.

Kurt Elling is the preeminent young male jazz singer today. A ten-year stretch saw Elling earn seven Grammy nominations for six Blue Note albums, six consecutive years at the top of the DownBeat Critics and Jazz Times Readers' polls, three Jazz Journalists' Association Awards for Best Male Vocalist, and the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz in Paris. His quartet has toured the world, performing to critical acclaim in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia and Australia, and at jazz festivals and concert halls across the North America. In addition to working with his own quartet, Kurt Elling has spent recording and/or performing time with an array of artists that includes Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Fred Hersch, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, Marian McPartland, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, Mark Murphy, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and The Yellowjackets. In 2007, he signed to Concord Records, recording Nightmoves.

Bassist and composer Kiyoshi Kitagawa is an integral part of today's jazz scene. Soon after moving to New York City from Japan, he met Winard Harper at Blue Note’s jam session and joined the Harper Brothers, recording on the Remembrance: Live at The Village Vanguard. Kiyoshi has toured and recorded with the alto great Kenny Garrett with drummer Brian Blade. He has gone on to work with many of the leading names in jazz including Steve Turre, Tommy Flanagan, and Kenny Kirkland just to name a few. In 1996, he formed “The Trio” with the versatile Japanese pianist, Makoto Ozone, releasing four albums together. Most recently, Kiyoshi has been touring the world with bands led by three jazz greats: the Jimmy Heath Quartet, the Kenny Barron Trio and Quintet, and the Andy Bey Quartet.

Born in Albany, Georgia, guitarist Russell Malone grew up playing a variety of music. In 1988, he was hired as a sideman by the seminal organist Jimmy Smith. He went on to back the popular pianist and vocalist, Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-1994. Malone first recorded as a leader in 1992, when he provided his self-titled debut album for Columbia, Russell Malone, which quickly went to #1 on the radio charts and was followed by Black Butterfly in 1993 and Wholly Cats for Japan’s Venus label in 1995. Malone joined pianist and vocalist Diana Krall in 1995, contributing to Krall's first three Grammy-nominated albums, including 1999’s When I Look In Your Eyes. Verve Records released three albums by Malone, including Sweet Georgia Peach for Impulse! in 1998, Look Who’s Here in 1999, and Heartstrings in 2001. Malone has had the honor of launching the “Strings Series” for the MAXJAZZ label with his 2004 label debut Playground, which was followed by 2006’s Live At Jazz Standard, Volume One, and 2007’s Live At Jazz Standard, Volume Two.

Dates for the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour:

Date

City

State

Presenter

Venue

2/5/10

Storrs

CT

University of Connecticut

Jorgensen Auditorium

2/6/10

Storrs

CT

University of Connecticut

Jorgensen Auditorium

2/8/10

Worcester

MA

Music Worcester

Mechanics Hall

2/10/10

Portsmouth

NH

Music Hall - Portsmouth

Music Hall - Portsmouth

2/11/10

Boston

MA

Celebrity Series of Boston

Berklee Performance Center

2/12/10

Fairfield

CT

Quick Center for the Arts / Fairfield University

Kelley Theatre

2/13/10

Greenvale

NY

Tilles Center / Long Island University

Concert Hall - Tilles Center

2/14/10

Stony Brook

NY

Staller Center for the Arts

Main Stage

2/16/10

University Park

PA

Penn State University

Eisenhower Auditorium

2/17/10

Princeton

NJ

McCarter Theatre Company

McCarter Theatre - Princeton University

2/18/10

Red Bank

NJ

Count Basie Theatre

Count Basie Theatre

2/19/10

North Bethesda

MD

Strathmore Hall Arts Center

Music Center at Strathmore

2/20/10

Bethlehem

PA

Lehigh University

Zoellner Arts Center - Baker Hall

2/21/10

Bloomsburg

PA

Bloomsburg University

Haas Center for the Arts

2/23/10

Richmond

VA

University of Richmond

Carpenter Theatre

2/24/10

Virginia Beach

VA

Virginia Arts Festival

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

2/25/10

Durham

NC

Carolina Theatre of Durham

Fletcher Hall Auditorium

2/26/10

Charlotte

NC

North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Knight Performing Arts Center

2/27/10

Atlanta

GA

Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert Ferst Theatre

2/28/10

Birmingham

AL

University of Alabama Birmingham

Stephens Center

4/14/10

Bellingham

WA

Mount Baker Theatre

Mount Baker Theatre

4/15/10

Olympia

WA

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

4/17/10

Napa

CA

Napa Valley Opera House

Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre

4/18/10

Modesto

CA

Gallo Center for the Arts

Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

4/19/10

Santa Cruz

CA

Kuumbwa Jazz Center (2 shows)

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

4/21/10

San Diego

CA

San Diego Theatres

Balboa Theatre

4/22/10

Los Angeles

CA

UCLA

Royce Hall

4/24/10

Costa Mesa

CA

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Segerstrom Concert Hall

4/25/10

Lancaster

CA

Lancaster Performing Arts Center

Lancaster City Park

4/27/10

Tucson

AZ

University of Arizona

Centennial Hall

4/29/10

Madison

WI

Overture Center for the Arts

Overture Hall

4/30/10

Naperville

IL

North Central College

Wentz Concert Hall

5/1/10

Detroit

MI

Music Hall for the Performing Arts

Music Hall for the Performing Arts

onterey Jazz Festival On Tour is being booked and produced by Columbia Artists Management (CAMI), the largest independent arts management agency in world with a history dating back over 70 years. CAMI also produced the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008. For more information, visit www.cami.com.


http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2009/tour

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