Friday, September 18, 2015

365 True Things: 173/Jazz

Tonight is the first night of the Monterey Jazz Festival, which has been presented for fifty-eight years. As I sit in bed upstairs, I hear cooking music floating from the Monterey County Fairground. I always enjoy that—being so close to so much talent and getting the faintest taste.

This evening we missed a celebration of Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, and I'm guessing that what I'm hearing now is The Errol Garner Project: Concert by the Sea, featuring Geri Allen on piano. 

We've gone to the Jazz Festival a few times in the past; even had arena seats for a few years. The seats weren't great—people with old subscriptions get the best ones—but they were good enough. Some of the acts we've seen and especially enjoyed have been Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Keb Mo', Michel Camilo, Regina Carter with Kenny Barron, Dave Brubeck, and Wayne Shorter.

Here's an interesting NPR story about Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," which he of course played when we saw him. It was such a treat to hear it in person. And as a side note, "Take Five" is David's personal ringtone on my phone.

Every year I consider getting tickets again. But this year, I guess we'll just settle for music that wafts through the open windows.

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