Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Thornetta Davis at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, headlined a band on the Jimmy Lyon’s Stage at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Her band included: Thornetta Davis, vocals; Carlton Washington, guitar; Phillip Hale, keyboards; Joe Veloz, bass; David Marcaccio, drums; and background vocals by Roseann Matthews and Rosemarie Matthews.






Dianne Reeves at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

Vocalist and 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Legend Honoree & Showcase Artist Dianne Reeves performed on the Jimmy Lyons stage on opening night of the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Performing with Ms. Reeves were: Peter Martin, piano/keyboard and musical director; Romero Lubambo, guitar; Reginal Veal, bass; and Terreon Gully, drums.








Oscar Hernández and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

On September 22, Oscar Hernández and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra performed on the Jimmy Lyons Stage, at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival. The performance also premiered “Monterey Encounter,” commission by the Monterey Jazz Festival, and featuring special guest Hubert Laws, on flute.

The orchestra included: Oscar Hernández, piano, leader; Marco Bermudez and Carlos Cascante, vocals; Jeremy Bosch, vocals, flute; Hubert Laws, flute; Manuel (Maneco) Ruiz and Hector Colón, trumpet; Doug Beavers, Noah Bless, trombone; Mitch Frohman, baritone sax, flute; Gerardo (Jerry) Madera, bass; Luisito Quintero, timbales; George Delgado, congas; Jorge González, congas; and Jorge González, bongos, maracas, guiro.


Oscar Hernández






 Hubert Laws





José James at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

On Saturday, September 22, José James and his band celebrated singer/songwriter Bill Withers with two performances of “Lean on Me,” Mr. James’ tribute to Mr. Withers. 

The band included: José James, vocals; Brad Allen Williams, guitar; James Francies, keyboards; Ben Williams, bass; and Nate Smith, drums.

The first performances took place on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the second on the Garden Stage.

















Monday, October 01, 2018

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

Spaces, by Wynton Marsalis, featuring dancers Lil Buck and Jared Grimes, was performed by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival.

In addition to Mr. Marsalis, trumpet/director, the orchestra included: Ryan Kisor, Marcus Printup, and Kenny Rampton, trumpet; Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason, trombone; Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, alto sax/clarinet/flute; Greg Tardy, Victor Goines, tenor sax/clarinet; Paul Nedzela, baritone sax; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriques, bass; and Charles Gold, drums.