WHITHER THE JAZZ JAM?
FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES the monthly Monterey Jazz Jam has entertained an enthusiastic following on the last Sunday afternoon of every month. Until recently the popular event was held in the Cypress Lounge at Embassy Suites in Seaside when the start of a remodel of the venue pushed it out. Long-time host Lee Durley scrambled to find an alternative site, which for the moment is the Monterey Elks Lodge, located in a residential neighborhood not far from Monterey’s Del Monte Center. The crowd who attended last Sunday’s Jam found a spacious room with a real stage and a large dance floor, ample seating and plenty of easy parking; in short an even more ideal venue than Embassy Suites. (Food service was available if not haute, and the adjacent bar sold no-host libations.) Moreover, the sound is much brighter given the harder surfaces of the dance floor and picture windows that offer panoramic views of Monterey Bay. A sextet of musicians, ranging from young prodigies (teen sisters Akili and pianist Ayana Bradley, pictured) to old masters (George Young and David “Dasher” Kempton) served up a program of first-rate music, the youngsters taking inspiration from the grizzled ancients, and vice versa. Other local jazz talent joined in, not least vocalist Scotty Wright, one of the few male scat singers working today and a fine balladeer whose physical misfortunes have in no way diminished his art. BUT THERE’S A CATCH. As Durley explained, the monthly event “needs a $200 sponsor” per session to cover the cost of the facility. Further, and after 20 years with no cover charge, Durley is unwilling to impose one. He made a clear appeal to those in attendance, and, once again, thanked Susan and Richard Helsten for their generous support over many years. But for now, the future of the Jazz Jam is not settled.
CRISTIAN MĂCELARU debuts as new music director of the world-acclaimed CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, as its orchestra opens the two-week celebration of new music at Santa Cruz Civic, including World and West-Coast premieres. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie solos in Clarice Assad’s AD INFINITUM concerto on Friday and on Saturday the orchestra debuts David T Little’s The Conjured Life, both World Premieres and Festival Commissions. On Saturday, acclaimed violinist Jennifer Frautschi plays the West Coast Premiere of James Stephenson’s Tributes, his concerto composed specifically for Frautschi. PACREP OPENS Hooray for Hollywood, a musical tribute to the Silver Screen, “From Casablanca to Disney and Beyond” featuring Malinda DeRouen, Lydia Lyons, John Newkirk and Scott McQuiston, with musical direction by Desma Johnson, at the Golden Bough in Carmel. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE adds Two Gentlemen of Verona to its repertoire at DeLaveaga Park. For jazz, blues, pop & world music, details and links, click our CALENDAR
CABRILLO’S CRISTI MĂCELARU EXPLAINS
HOW HE studies and prepares a brand new score for performance.
PHILIP GLASS ‘DAYS & NIGHTS’ 2017
JUST ANNOUNCED by Magnus Toren, the annual Big Sur Philip Glass event is set for the Henry Miller Memorial Library the week of Sept 29 through Oct 8. It features guest artist Laurie Anderson.
POPULAR OPERA AND CONCERT ARTIST joins area piano-favorite Lucy Faridany in a Schumann/Vaughan Williams concert, August 9 at All Saints in Carmel. A likely sellout, donations accepted at the door. 512-2215 for more info.
HOW DO YOU FIX A BROKEN STEINWAY DURING A CONCERT?
ELIANE RODRIGUES, in Rotterdam, shows how with hilarity and class.
WAS INGMAR BERGMAN THE GREATEST FILMMAKER OF ALL?
TEN YEARS after his death, Benjamin Ramm reevaluates the visionary Swedish cinema director. Click HERE
TEARS IN HEAVEN
ERIC CLAPTON’S haunting memorial to his four-year-old son. Recorded at Bray Studios, Windsor, 1992.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor