BEFORE HIS DEATH in 2014, journalist Herb Wong covered every Monterey Jazz Festival from its start in 1958. Paul Fingerote, who served as the Festival’s marketing public-relations and sponsorships director for three decades, began a series of interviews with Wong that resulted in this new book. Wong’s life in jazz actually began long before the MJF was founded. When you read Jazz on My Mind, and savor Wong’s engaging stories about all the jazz greats who appeared in Monterey, you cannot resist the pleasure these two jazz mavens had while working on this project. Fingerote will be on hand during the entire Festival this weekend, talking jazz with old and new friends, and signing copies of the book.
ALI RYERSON’S Jazz Flute Big Band project available on CD. Nineteen flutists including three guest soloists, perform arrangements of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Neal Hefti, John Coltrane, more. When she pitched the idea to some big names in jazz, the typical response was “Yeah, right.” But just listen; it’s a revelation.
WHAT’S NEXT, JAZZ BAGPIPES?
GUNHILD CARLING answers the call, sans drone pipes
CRISTIAN MĂCELARU last week was named successor to Marin Alsop as music director/conductor “with immediate effect” of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. A highly acclaimed international conductor, Măcelaru, born in Romania, is now working on his debut Festival next August. Photo by Sorin Popa
WOMEN CONDUCTORS AND THE GLASS CEILING
MARIN ALSOP and three others weigh in. Click HERE
PARAGLIDER SERENADES FIANCÉ
MUSICIAN NURI ATA plays the violin for his fiancé while paragliding over Turkey. Click HERE
FROM THE 2013 Broadway revival cast of Rupert Holmes’ multiple award-winning 1985 Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Betsy Wolfe sings the haunting love ballad.
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in Santa Cruz & BANDIDO in Salinas. Click HERE
PIANIST JOHN JENSEN in Carmel Valley. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor. Rebecca Brooks, associate editor