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August 7-13, 2006

The Jazz Las Vegas Jazz Events Calendar

Rick Arroyo and the Latin Percussion Ensemble
9pm Friday, August 11th, 2006 at Mandalay Bay

Johnny Dandy RodriguezRick Arroyo and the Latin Percussion Ensemble will be performing original music from Rick's new CD, Dr. Smooth: Afro-Cuban Jazz. Special guest appearance by Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez. The Ensemble consists of Rick Arroyo- piano; Celio Gonzalez- bass; Johnny (Dandy) Rodriguez- bongos; Rusty Blevins- sax; Chandler Judkins - trumpet; Dwayne Matos- drums/timbal; Alex De Jesus- congas.

Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez is the son of John "La Vaca" Rodriguez. Johnny Jr. was Ray Barretto's bongocero for many years (late 60's - 73). He was Tipica 73's co-leader and bongocero from early 1973 until the mid 80's. He also served as the Fania All-Stars' conguero during the 70's and 80's and was bongocero for Tito Puente for 35 years.

Photo of Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez courtesy of Congahead.com

For more information call 702.632.7607, or go to www.lasvegascalienteusa.com The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is located at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Tel: 702.632.6700    Mandalay Bay Map

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2006 Monterey Jazz Festival Day by Day

49th Monterey Jazz Festival For the 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (September 15-17, 2006) presented by Verizon, Grounds Weekend Passes offer a wealth of sparkling musical gems and riches for families and fans of all ages. Whether you're looking for jazz chanteuses, cutting-edge future jazz, hard-driving big bands, six-cylinder blues artists, world and contemporary fusion, funky soul-jazz or classic jazz combos--or just a great weekend cultural experience, surrounded by music and family fun--the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival Grounds artists deliver a wide and far-reaching slice of the jazz world, and beyond.

Many of the Lyons Stage headlining artists are appearing in Grounds venues, including world-fusion bassist Richard Bona, sonic groundbreaker and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, contemporary jazz fusion masters the Yellowjackets, MJF's Artist-in-Residence extraordinaire, vocalist Kurt Elling, the hard-driving 14-piece brass band McCollough Sons of Thunder, and blues guitar master Robben Ford. In addition, members of Dave Brubeck's expanded ensemble performing the "Cannery Row Suite" will be performing on the Grounds and include Chris Brubeck's own group, Triple Play and vocalist Roberta Gambarini, who will be featured with the legendary 88-year old pianist, Hank Jones. Swinging drummer Jeff Hamilton, who co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, will also perform on the Grounds with his trio.

Friday night's entertainment will highlight "New Grooves" across the Festival Fairgrounds. Dizzy's Den will reverberate with the soulful electronic-infused hard grooves of Roy Hargrove & RH Factor, as well as Uri Caine & Bedrock, combining a cutting-edge mix of old-style fusion on both Fender Rhodes and laptop computers.

Elsewhere on the Fairgrounds, Friday Grounds concertgoers can enjoy the electric bass and world-music flavored jazz of Richard Bona, the stunning young acoustic piano masters Robert Glasper, Eldar and Taylor Eigsti, each who have made quite an impression in the musical world in the last year, as well as the 2006 Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellows, presented by IAJE.

Vocalist Sasha Dobson, a Santa Cruz native, returns to the Monterey Bay area to perform her original take on Brazilian groove, pop and jazz. Percussionist Babatunde Lea completes the Friday night Grounds program with his spiritually infused African and Afro-Cuban twist on modern jazz.

Saturday's Grounds entertainment will also include an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, top-shelf instrumental artists and award-winning vocal talent. Saturday Grounds vocalists include the Kurt Elling Quartet, Tierney Sutton, contemporary jazz favorites the Yellowjackets celebrating their 25th anniversary, the piano sensation Hiromi, cutting edge multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum & the New York Hieroglyphics featuring Abdoulaye Diabate, world-fusion guitarist Lionel Loueke, the lightning-struck blues of the Robben Ford Group, the Duke Robillard Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, and The Fins. Classic, modern and international jazz fans will be able to hear the swinging drummer Jeff Hamilton and his trio, the Afro-Cuban sounds of John Worley & Worlview, the Rodger Fox Big Band from New Zealand, the dramatic tango and samba of Trio Paradiso, the Russian Open World Octet, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble "1" as well as the traditional down-home blues of Robert Lowery & Virgil Thrasher, the joyful noise of the McCollough Sons of Thunder and the young ebullience of the 2006 Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellows in a clinic for musicians of all ages.

Sunday marks "Family Day" at the Monterey Jazz Festival, with activities and more for the whole family to enjoy, sponsored by Macy's West. Patrons will be treated to a variety of music perfect for families and fans of all ages--including Baby Loves Jazz, an entertaining, funky and fun group featuring singer Sharon Jones, slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, and pianist Aaron Goldberg, interpreting favorite classic children's songs. Family activities on the Grounds also include Sunday's Percussion Playshop for kids of all ages, and a "Jazzy Jumper" for the young ones, providing terrific entertainment for families while enjoying the festivities of the Fairgrounds' grassy picnic areas, international food, shopping, and more.

Highlighting up-and-coming youth in jazz, Family Day Grounds Artists will feature the winners from the Festival's 36th annual MJF National High School Jazz Competition - part of the Next Generation Festival - including the Folsom High School Vocal Jazz Choir "A", the Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, the Davis Senior High School Big Band, the Berkeley High School Sextet, the Berklee-Monterey Jazz Quartet and IAJE's Clifford Brown-Stan Getz All-Stars.

Other artists for Sunday's line-up offers hard-bop from the Roy Hargrove Quintet, the elegant piano of the Hank Jones Trio featuring vocalist Roberta Gambarini, and the original singer-songwriter stylings from vocalist Christine Tobin. Modern jazz can be heard from the trios of guitarist Ben Monder and pianist Aaron Goldberg, as well as an ultra-funky "Hammond B3 Blowout" from organists Dr. Lonnie Smith and his trio and the David K. Mathews Quartet.

Also included in the weekend are 4 freewheeling discussions on topics in jazz, and include Saturday afternoon's Blindfold Test with the Yellowjackets, presented by DownBeat and a conversation with Kurt Elling about "Jazz & the Creative Muse", hosted by Andrew Gilbert. Sunday's conversations include the panel discussion "Whatz Jazz & Whatz Not", presented by the Jazz Journalists Association and hosted by Dan Ouellette, and features KCSM's Alisa Clancy and renowned jazz critics Paul DeBarros, Willard Jenkins and Scott Yanow. Also on Sunday is "John Steinbeck & Cannery Row", moderated by Susan Shillinglaw, the director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University and includes Steinbeck and Monterey historians and scholars Herb Behrens, Katie Rodger, Tim Thomas, and Frank Wright. A special exhibit, curated by the National Steinbeck Center, will also be on display throughout the weekend at the Starbucks Coffeehouse Gallery.

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Joe Lovano: Streams Of Expression CD Universe Top Ten Jazz Chart
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Grant Green: Live At Club Mozambique
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Jazz Birthdays    This week's jazz artists birthdays include:

Aug 07    Freddie Slack (piano, leader), 1910-1965
Aug 07    George Bohanon (trombone, euphonium), 1932
Aug 07    George Van Eps (guitar), 1913-1998
Aug 07    Howard Johnson (tuba, baritone sax), 1937
Aug 07    Lucky Roberts (piano), 1887-1968
Aug 07    Rahsaan Roland Kirk (sax, clarinet, flute), 1936-1977
Aug 07    Idrees Sulieman (trumpet, flugelhorn), 1923-2002
Aug 08    Benny Carter (alto sax, clarinet, arranger, trumpet, composer, leader), 1907-2003
Aug 08    Lucky Millinder (vocals, leader), 1900-1966
Aug 09    Jack Dejohnette (drums, leader, keyboards), 1942
Aug 10    Andy Martin (trombone), 1960
Aug 10    Arnett Cobb (sax), 1918-1989
Aug 10    Chuck Israels (bass), 1936
Aug 10    Claude Thornhill (piano, arranger, leader), 1909-1965
Aug 10    Michael Mantler (trumpet, composer), 1943
Aug 11    Peter King (sax), 1940
Aug 11    Russell Procope (clarinet, alto sax), 1908-1981
Aug 11    Jess Stacy (piano), 1904-1994
Aug 12    Earl Coleman (vocals), 1925-1995
Aug 12    Larry Goldings (organ), 1968
Aug 12    Pat Metheny (guitar, composer, leader), 1954    [
Aug 13    Benny Bailey (trumpet), 1925-2005
Aug 13    Mulgrew Miller (piano), 1955
Aug 13    George Shearing (piano, leader), 1919

jazz on the internet Pat Metheny

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Pat Metheny - Cantaloupe Island (1990)
Pat Metheney (guitars) with Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Dave Holland (bass), Recorded at the Mellon Jazz Festival on June 23, 1990. Runtime: 09:10

Greg Osby    CD and artist biography brief:    Symbols of Light (A Solution) (2001)

The strings and sax format has been utilized by a number of jazz greats, from Charlie Parker to Stan Getz and now alto and soprano saxophonist Greg Osby. He's working with a combo featuring the young piano whiz Jason Moran, augmented by a string quartet, which complements the leader's atmospheric and snaky sax lines. The compositions exhibit a beautiful blend of the compositional and improvisational genius of Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Henry Threadgill, Wayne Shorter, and Muhal Richard Abrams. That blend is heard on the evocative, impressionistic expressions of "M" and the anthemic "Repay in Kind." The standard "Wild Is the Wind" is reborn with a darker harmonic hue. The strings supply Osby's songs with ethereal, classically tinged textured expressions. Osby plays, arranges, and composes with imagination and ingenuity--and the best is yet to come. -- Eugene Holley Jr. :: amazon.com :: editorial review

This week's new jazz releases: Click on any album cover to purchase CDs

Dinah Washington: Collection Peter Herbolzheimer Orchestra Scott Whitfield: Live At Charlie Os

Aug 07    Amalia Rodrigues - Coimbra (Sound of W)
Aug 07    Benny Goodman - Stompin' At Savoy (Jazz Hour) - Reissue
Aug 07    Fatboy Slim - Ya Mama (Japan) (Epic) - Reissue
Aug 07    Nina Rosso - Il Silenzio (Remember R) - Reissue
Aug 07    Nina Simone - Wonderful Music of (Netherlands) (BCD) - Reissue
Aug 07    The Toby Wren Trio - Umlaut (Pinnacles Music)
Aug 07    Urbie Green - Indigo Moods (Jazz Hour) - Reissue
Aug 07    Winifred Atwell - Black & White Rag (England) (Living Era) - Reissue
Aug 08    Anton Schwartz - Radiant Blue (Antonjazz)
Aug 08    Barnacled - 6 (Corleone)
Aug 08    Barry Harris - Live from New York 1 (Lineage) - Reissue
Aug 08    Bireli Lagrene - Live in Marciac / Blue Eyes (Dreyfus)
Aug 08    Bobby Short - Live at Cafe Carlyle (Collectables) - Reissue
Aug 08    Chick Corea / Gary Burton - Live at Montreux 1997 (RED) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    David Berger - Harlem Nutcracker (Such Sweet Thunder) - Reissue
Aug 08    David Berger & Sultans of Swing - Doin' the Do (Such Sweet Thunder) - Reissue
Aug 08    David Grisman Quartet - David Grisman Quartet Live (Koch) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    David Grisman Quartet - Live (Koch) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    Dinah Washington - Collection (Germany) (EMI Gold) - Reissue
Aug 08    Duke Ellington - Early Tracks from the Master of Swing (Music Video Distributors) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    Fred Hess - How 'Bout Now (Tapestry)
Aug 08    Harri Stojka - Tribute to Gypsy Swing (Zoho)
Aug 08    Horace Silver - Doodlin' (England) (Proper) - Reissue
Aug 08    Jack Hylton - Last Round Up 5 (Vocalion) - Reissue
Aug 08    Jazzy Devils - 2 Hott! (True Life Jazz)
Aug 08    John Hollenbeck - Joys & Desires (Intuition)
Aug 08    Johnny Smith - Johnny Smith Meets the Master Saxes (England) (Proper) - Reissue
Aug 08    Lee Konitz - Inventions (Omnitone)
Aug 08    Lee Konitz - New Nonet (Omnitone)
Aug 08    Legends - High Towers (Arf! Arf!)
Aug 08    Mellani Day - Mostly True (Mellani Day)
Aug 08    Minsarah - Minsarah (Enja/Justin-Time)
Aug 08    Modern Jazz Quartet - At Music Inn 2 (Collectables) - Reissue
Aug 08    Peter Herbotzheimer Orchestra - Cutting Down to Brass Tacks (Alanna)
Aug 08    Peter Sommer - Sioux Country (Tapestry)
Aug 08    Ray Barretto - Standards Rican-ditioned (Zoho)
Aug 08    Scott Whitfield - Live at Charlie O's (Summit)
Aug 08    Skip Martin - Miles High (Sound Success)
Aug 08    V. Ghielmi / E. Reijseger / Suonar Parlante - Full of Colour (Winter & Winter)
Aug 08    Various Artists - Jazz Shots: East Coast Vol. 2 (Music Video Distributors) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    Various Artists - Jazz Shots: East Coast Vol. 3 (Music Video Distributors) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    Various Artists - Jazz Shots: West Coast Vol. 2 (Music Video Distributors) - DVD-Video
Aug 08    Various Artists - Jazz Shots: West Coast Vol. 3 (Music Video Distributors) - DVD-Video
Aug 13    Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Japan) (BMG) - Reissue

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Jazz 'Round Las Vegas

M o n d a y, August 7

Caesars Palcce (Galleria Bar) Dehner Franks (piano)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Capozzoli's 7-11pm The Gents of Swing featuring
Larry "Wild" Wrice, drums; Randy Thomas, piano; Red Micheals, bass
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Casa Di Amore 7-11pm Shawn Knight (vocals) and Dennis Mellen (piano)
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
Freakin' Frog 9:30pm Open-stage w/ The Meantime hosted by Tommy Marth
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Golden Nugget Showroom 12am (two drink minimum) Lon Bronson All-Star Band
129 E Fremont St 702-385-7111
Steven David's 7pm Billy Wallace
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

T u e s d a y, August 8

Artisan Hotel 8-11pm Jerry Brookings Jazz Showcase (rotating jazz musicians)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Caesars Palace (Galleria Bar) Dehner Franks (piano)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

W e d n e s d a y, August 9

Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-731-7110
Club International 8-11pm Minus 1 Band featuring
Larry "Wild" Wrice, drums; Randy Thomas, piano
1750 S Rainbow Blvd 702-870-2583
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E. Sahara Ave. 702-214-1863

T h u r s d a y, August 10

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30-11pm Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-736-4939
Boulder Station (Railhead) 2-4pm Jerry Tiffe (swing)
4111 Boulder Hyw 702-432-7575
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Jazzed Cafe Hap Smith Trio
8615 W. Sahara Ave. 702-233-2859
reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge 7-9pm Jazz Night
w/ performers in the UNLV Jazz Studies Program
3300 E Flamingo Rd 702-253-7721
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

F r i d a y, August 11

Artisan Hotel 6-9pm Martin Mancuso (sax)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez, 10pm Jerry Tiffe
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-731-7110
Casa Di Amore 1am Las Vagrants
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Chianti Cafe 7:30-11pm Louise Lambert (piano, vocals)
2895 N Green Valley Pkwy 702-450-3232
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Gold Coast Showroom 11pm-2am $10 Latin Breeze
4000 W Flamingo Rd 702-367-7111
Jazzed Cafe Hap Smith Trio
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Steven David's 7pm Steven David & Friends
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7m Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

S a t u r d a y, August 12

Artisan Hotel 6-9pm Martin Mancuso (sax)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Capozzoli's 10pm Jerry Tiffe
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Casa Di Amore 12am Joe Cano
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Chianti Cafe 7:30-11pm Louise Lambert (piano, vocals)
2895 N Green Valley Pkwy 702-450-3232
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Golden Nugget Showroom 12am (two drink minimum) Lon Bronson & the All-Star Band
129 E. Fremont St. 702-385-7111
Jazzed Cafe 7:30-10:30pm Bobby Howard Quartet
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Steven David's 7pm Steven David & Friends
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7m Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

S u n d a y, August 13

Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
The Cellar 12am Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. 12-3pm Jazz Brunch (dress code)
3987 Paradise Rd 702-312-5247
Hurricane Bar & Grill 9:30pm Jazz Jam hosted by Tommy Alvarado
10420 S Bermuda Rd 702-407-8976
Jazzed Cafe 7:30-10:30pm Bobby Howard Quartet
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Tequila Cantina 4-8pm Jazz Night
5486 Boulder Hwy 702-457-3001
Texas Station (Armadillo Room) 4-8pm Jerry Tiffe
2101 Texas Star Ln 702-631-1000
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7pm Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this JazzBeat column send an e-mail to info@jazzinternet.com. We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues. Please Call to verify events.

Keep on jazzin' in Las Vegas and beyond. -- Bion

Jazz Beyond the Neon

Poncho Sanchez Dance Party
Jazz Bakery Poncho Sanchez
Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Poncho Sanchez: Instant Party Poncho Sanchez has long qualified as one of the hardest-working men in Latin jazz. Born in Laredo, Texas as the youngest of 11 children, he grew up in Norwalk, California (where he still lives) and remembers hearing Afro-Cuban music while growing up. "As a kid in third or fourth grade, I would hear my sisters dancing while listening to Machito, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and various bands from Cuba while my brothers listened to doo-wop music and early rhythm and blues."

Poncho Sanchez first formed his own group in 1980, leading his ensemble during [Cal] Tjader's vacation periods and recording two albums for Discovery. Shortly before his death, Tjader recommended to Concord founder Carl Jefferson that he sign Sanchez to his Concord Picante label (a subsidiary originally started to document Tjader's music). 18 recordings, a Grammy Award (for 1999's Latin Soul) and a countless number of performances around the world (at venues ranging from concert halls and nightclubs to free festivals) have resulted in the years since. "My band and I really do love Latin jazz. We played this music before it was popular and I think we've played a part in helping it to become popular again. Our main goal is always to keep Latin jazz alive, growing and moving, while being authentic to the music that we love. I'm proud to say that we have stuck to the basic fundamentals and the roots which are very important to us. And, as I always say in clinics, this music is not just for Latino people. It was born in the United States and it is American music. -- ponchosanchez.com

Showtimes: 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets: $30. The Jazz Bakery is located at 3233 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 Tel: 310.271.9039    Jazz Bakery Map

Monterey Jazz Festival
Jazz Education Programs

MJF Latin Jazz Program

MJF's Latin Jazz Program augments our Traveling Clinicians Program utilizing percussion instruments and focusing on rhythm, a key foundation in the study of music and development of musical skills. Established in 2001, this Program has grown each year and is especially welcomed in schools with little or no music program. Latin Jazz artists/clinicians provide performances and workshops in visits to elementary, middle school, high school, and college music programs.

After participating the MJF Latin Jazz Program, Washington Middle School Principal Gary Williams wrote to our Latin Jazz Artists/Clinicians, "Thank you for the time and energy you bring to teaching music to young people. You shared your obvious love for music with our students. I saw them improve and grow in enthusiasm almost minute-by-minute. . . The excitement level was high and we were all impressed with the level of musicianship. I look forward to your next visit."

Traveling Clinicians Program:
The 23-year old Traveling Clinician Program is the heart of the MJF Jazz Education Program. It currently involves nine professional jazz musicians/educators, one for each section of the band and vocals, and serves over 1,100 students in 22 schools in Monterey County. In the Program, the clinicians visit school bands or vocal ensembles once per month either during their regularly scheduled class sessions, or in after-school workshops and rehearsals. Clinicians offer advice, perform with the bands or choirs, and provide their expertise to directors and students alike. In addition, clinicians select students to participate in the MJF High School Honor Band and scholarship recipients for the Summer Jazz Camp. This aspect of the Education Program serves as an exceptional source of motivation for young jazz students.

"Direct contact with professional artists provides aspiring young musicians with inspirational models of focus and dedication, risk-taking, and success. Students are engaged, challenged, and motivated by performing alongside such talented mentors."- Robbie Stange, former Monterey High School music teacher.

The 2006 MJF Latin Jazz Artists/Clinicians include:

Wayne Wallace:
Trombonist Wayne Wallace is widely known as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most vibrant Latin Jazz composers, arrangers, teachers and performing artists. A bandleader in his own right, he has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in recent years as a member of the Jon Jang Seven and Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra.

David Belove:
David Belove has been one of the most prominent and sought after Latin Jazz bass players in the Bay Area since the 1980's. He has performed and toured with such heralded Latin Jazz acts as Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Tito Puente, John Santos' Machete Ensemble, and Oscar Castro-Neves. He has also collaborated with jazz legends including master drummer Max Roach, the late Dizzie Gillespie and guitarist Pat Metheny.

Murray Low:
A consummate musical artist - both as an accompanist and a soloist - Murray Low's instinctive feel makes him a popular player in the San Francisco Bay Area. He will be featured at the 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon with John Worley & Worlview.

Michael Spiro:
An internationally recognized, Grammy-nominated percussionist, recording artist, and educator, Michael Spiro is known specifically for his work in the Latin music field. He has performed on thousands of records, co-produced several instructional videos for Warner Bros. Publications, and produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre. He has performed extensively with Orquesta Batachanga, Grupo Bata-Ketu, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, and Grupo Ilu-Aña. As an educator, Michael Spiro is an International Solo Clinician for Latin Percussion, Sabian, Yamaha, Vic Firth and Evans.

BluesBeat Nevada

Thunderbird Hotel-CasinoBluesStorm: Live In Las Vegas

BluesStorm CD Release Party
Friday, August 4th at the Thunderbird Lounge

Aruba Hotel and Thunderbird Lounge have an illustrious history dating back to 1948 when it opened as the fourth major resort on the Las Vegas Strip. With it's world famous neon Thunderbird sign, the hotel quickly became the center of fun, glamour and excitement for both tourists and local residents.

Relive the Legend of the Thunderbird Lounge where many famous celebrities have performed. Feel the energy of Bob Hope, George Burns, Tony Martin, Ronald Reagan and many others.

What better place for BluesStorm, one Las Vegas' finest blues rock bands, to celebrate the release of their debut CD "Live In Las Vegas." Meet and greet the band from 7-9pm at the historic Thunderbird Lounce. Conveniently located on the fabulous strip at 1215 Las Vegas Boulevard South, just four blocks north of Stratosphere. Go to this week's Bluesin' Las Vegas to check out more club events.

For in depth coverage of the Las Vegas Blues scene, visit BluesBeat Nevada, your weekly guide to "all things blues."

Pat Metheny Biography
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Pat Metheny Jazz guitar innovator Pat Metheny first appeared in the mid-'70s as a prodigy in Gary Burton's band, and soon thereafter he was leading his own group. He is among the few jazz artists who've become household names--his music has appeal well beyond the typical jazz audience, yet his artistic integrity is unquestionable, and he has used his success to pursue many less-commercial side projects. Ever the explorer, Metheny has been a pioneer of the guitar synthesizer, a champion of the avant garde, and a unifier of musical styles, incorporating rock, folk, world music, and even country influences into his unique musical paradigm.

b. 12 August 1954, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Although classed as a jazz guitarist, Metheny has bridged the gap between jazz and rock music in the same way that Miles Davis did in the late 60s and early 70s. Additionally, he played a major part in the growth of jazz's popularity among the younger generation of the 80s. Throughout his career, his extraordinary sense of melody has prevented his work from becoming rambling or self-indulgent.

His first musical instrument was a French horn, and surprisingly he did not begin with the guitar until he was a teenager. His outstanding virtuosity soon had him teaching the instrument at the University Of Miami and the Berklee College Of Music in Boston. He joined Gary Burton in 1974, and throughout his three-album stay, he contributed some fluid Wes Montgomery-influenced guitar patterns. Manfred Eicher of ECM Records saw the potential and initiated a partnership that lasted for 10 superlative albums. He became, along with Keith Jarrett, ECM's biggest-selling artist, and his albums regularly topped the jazz record charts. Metheny has also been one of the few jazz artists to make regular appearances in the pop album charts, such is the accessibility of his music.

His early albums, Bright Size Life (featuring the late Jaco Pastorius), and Watercolors showed a man who was still feeling his way. His own individual style matured with Pat Metheny Group in 1978. Together with his musical partner (and arguably, his right arm), the brilliant keyboard player Lyle Mays, whose quiet presence at the side of the stage provided the backbone for much of Metheny's work, he initiated a rock band format that produced album after album of melodious jazz rock. Following a major tour with Joni Mitchell and Pastorius (Shadows And Light), Metheny released New Chautauqua, on which he demonstrated an amazing dexterity on the 12-string guitar. The album made the US Top 50. He returned to the electric band format for American Garage, which contained the country-influenced "(Cross The) Heartland". The double set 80/81 featured Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman, and was more of a typical jazz album, featuring in particular the moderately avant garde "Two Folk Songs'. Nevertheless, the record still climbed the popular charts. During this time, Metheny constantly won jazz and guitarist polls. Mays" keyboards featured prominently in the band structure, and he received co-authorship credit for the suite As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls.

Metheny had by now become fascinated by the musical possibilities of the guitar synthesizer or synclavier. He used this to startling effect on Offramp, notably on the wonderfully contagious and sexual "Are You Going With Me?". The double set Travels showed a band at the peak of its powers, playing some familiar titles with a new freshness. The short piece "Travels" stands as one of his finest compositions; the low-level recording offers such subtle emotion that it becomes joyously funereal. Rejoicing was a modern jazz album demonstrating his sensitive interpretations of music by Horace Silver and Ornette Coleman. First Circle maintained the standard and showed a greater leaning towards Latin-based music, though still retaining Metheny's brilliant ear for melody. In 1985, he composed the score for the movie The Falcon And The Snowman, which led to him recording "This Is Not America" with David Bowie. The resulting UK Top 20/US Top 40 hit brought Metheny many new young admirers.

The concert halls found audiences bedecked in striped rugby shirts, in the style of their new hero. Ironically, at the same time, following a break with ECM, Metheny turned his back on possible rock stardom and produced his most perplexing work, Song X, with free-jazz exponent Ornette Coleman. Reactions were mixed in reviews of this difficult album - ultimately the general consensus was that it was brilliantly unlistenable. He returned to more familiar ground with Still Life (Talking) and Letter From Home, although both experimented further with Latin melody and rhythm. Metheny enjoyed a particularly creative and productive time from 1989-90. Reunion was a superb meeting with his former boss Gary Burton. A few months later he recorded Question And Answer with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes. Additionally he was heavily featured, along with Herbie Hancock, on the excellent DeJohnette album, Parallel Realities.

Metheny continued into the 90s with Secret Story, an album of breathtaking beauty featuring gems such as "Above The Treetops" and the poignant "The Truth Will Always Be". Although the album may have made jazz purists cringe, it was a realization of all Metheny's musical influences. His second live album, The Road To You, did not have the emotion of Travels. It was something to keep the fans quiet before he unleashed an exciting recording with John Scofield, the guitarist who most regularly shared the honours with Metheny at the top of the jazz polls. The follow-up, Zero Tolerance For Silence, could only be described as astonishing. For many the wall-of-sound guitar was a self-indulgent mess, and after repeated plays the music did not get any easier, but it needed to be appreciated what a bold move this thrash metal outing was. Metheny also found himself reviewed in the Heavy Metal press for the first (and last) time. We Live Here was a return to more traditional ground, and restored Metheny to his familiar position at the top of the jazz charts. It won a Grammy in 1996 for the best contemporary jazz album.

In the late 90s, Metheny recorded acclaimed duet albums with Haden and Jim Hall. His 1999 offering A Map Of The World was a set piece of evocative beauty. The album, a series of 28 pieces inspired by the motion picture A Map Of The World, was misunderstood as being merely a movie soundtrack. It ranks as one of his finest works; delicate in parts, emotional in places, especially where the music is enriched by a full orchestra. On this album Metheny's dexterity as a guitarist takes second place to his brilliance as a composer. The subsequent trio album with Larry Grenadier (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums) was of an equally high standard. The attendant Trio - Live compiled the results of Metheny's first live trio work since the early 90s. The solo acoustic album One Quiet Night featured, in addition to some beautiful new material, cover versions of "Ferry Cross The Mersey" (Gerry And The Pacemakers), "My Song" (Keith Jarrett), and "Don't Know Why" (Norah Jones). Metheny is able to comfortably move between pure jazz and the pop jazz that made his name. He is one of the very few artists who can do this with such success and modesty.

Bright Size Life (ECM 1976)****, Watercolors (ECM 1977)***, Pat Metheny Group (ECM 1978)****, New Chautauqua (ECM 1979)****, American Garage (ECM 1979)****, 80/81 (ECM 1980)***, with Lyle Mays As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (ECM 1981)****, Offramp (ECM 1982)****, Travels (ECM 1983)****, with Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins Rejoicing (ECM 1983)***, First Circle (ECM 1984)***, The Falcon And The Snowman film soundtrack (EMI America 1985)**, with Ornette Coleman Song X (Geffen 1986)***, Still Life (Talking) (Geffen 1987)****, Letter From Home (Geffen 1989)***, with Gary Burton Reunion (Geffen 1989)****, Question And Answer (Geffen 1990)****, Secret Story (Geffen 1992)****, The Road To You: Recorded Live In Europe (Geffen 1993)***, with John Scofield I Can See Your House From Here (Blue Note 1994)***, Zero Tolerance For Silence (Geffen 1994)*, We Live Here (Geffen 1995)****, Quartet (Geffen 1997)***, Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories By Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny) (Verve 1997)****, Imaginary Day (Warners 1997)****, with Derek Bailey, Gregg Bendian, Paul Wertico The Sign Of 4 3-CD set (Knitting Factory Works 1997)****, with Burton, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland Like Minds (Concord Jazz 1998)****, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (Telarc 1999)***, A Map Of The World (Warners 1999)****, Trio 99-00 (Warners 2000)****, Trio - Live (Warners 2000)****, Speaking Of Now (Warners 2002)***, One Quiet Night (Warners 2003)****.

Works (ECM 1983)****, Works II (ECM 1988)****, Selected Recordings (ECM 2004)****.

More Travels (Geffen 1993).

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