Monterey Jazz Festival

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by GaryAyala, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    The venue was freezing (mid 50's F) but the event was hot:

    All shot with:
    OM-D w/ Pany 100-300, ISO 4000

    OM-D, w/ Panny 100-300 @ 300mm, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 4000

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  2. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia

    Gary, the way you get right in with your images is just great, time and time again your images take us face to face with a performers emotions. Very dynamic, and very enjoyable.
  3. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    But I do have a complaint about such great images :) 

    I don't know who the performers are. Please give us names as well as camera/lens info, or even instead of camera/lens info. I'd like to know who you wanted to photograph because I'll make the assumption that you prefer to photograph people you like to listen to and, since I like jazz, I'm always on the lookout for interesting artists I don't know about.

    And living here in Australia I can assure you that there are far fewer jazz recordings available, and jazz artists available on recording, than in the US. I'm always on the lookout for the names of artists I haven't heard about to chase on the net, and to order discs from overseas if I like what I hear on their websites.
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Joe,

    That Pany 100-300 has great reach.


    OM-D, w/ Pany 100-300 @ 300mm, 1/90, f/5.6, ISO 4000

  5. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Hey David, the best of that night was Melody Gardot, simply an incredibly mesmerizing performance of song and lights ... incredibly. I purchased her CD immediately, but without the stage performance it just wasn't the same thing. Gardot is the one in the round glasses. I'll get the names of the others tomorrow as I am out the door.

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  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Tammi Brown
    Has recently cut her first CD, she's a sultry songstress and musician receiving broad praise for her rich tones, elegant phrasing, and stylistic versatility. Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan calls her “a vocalist of immense talent.” She sang ol' classics.
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    Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
    For 10 years, saxophonist/pianist and GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin has been driving a train that won’t stop. He first assembled his Big Phat Band in 2000 – an ironic starting point for an 18-piece big band, given that the fleeting neo-swing craze of the late 1990s was just winding down. Big, Big Brass sound.
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    Pianist Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold pioneering drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of both Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Eddie Palmieri has a discography that includes 36 titles and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. The first Grammy Award he received was in 1975 for The Sun of Latin Music, which was a historic moment -- it was the first time the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) recognized Latin Music
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    Gardot traveled around the world meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. From the deserts of Morocco to the streets of Lisboa, from the tango bars of Buenos Aires to the beaches of Brazil, her new record, The Absence, captures the essence of each of these exotic locales, while at the same time remaining quintessentially Melody Gardot.
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  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    This year I also attended The Playboy Jass Festival:

    At the magical Hollywood Bowl
    GF1 w/ 14mm, 1/100, F 5.6, ISO 800

    More here:
    Playboy Jazz Festival

    and the

    Brea Jazz Festival (in the streets of downtown Brea):

    Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years.
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    another day (Brea is every weekend in August)

    Mongorama is a new, 9-piece, latin-jazz ensemble exploring the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 50's and early 60's. Conga legend Mongo Santamaria, saxophonist Chombo Silva and flautist Rolando Lozano performed an exciting latin jazz sound driven by cuban charanga rhythms and old-school straight ahead jazz. If you like Latin these guys are great, up there with Poncho Sanchez.

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    More here:
    Brea 2012

    Poncho Sanchez- 2010/2009 Brea Jazz Festival
    More Here:
    Poncho 2010

    More Here:
    Poncho 2009

    I hope this helps,
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  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia

    Many thanks. I have Gardot's first CD but didn't recognise her in that photo. Apart from Poncho Sanchez all of the other names are new to me so I've got a bit of searching ahead of me once I get a little time. I tend to like small groups and singers but I've found myself liking a few modern big band recordings I've found in the last few years, especially from Maria Schneider and Rick Wald/NYC16.
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Sweet! One of the drawbacks of living in the countryside, opportunities for festivals like this are few and very far between. Beautiful shots, wish I could have been there. :cool: 
  10. I don't know anything about Jazz, but after seeing these images I'm just going to pretend that I do. Good stuff. I love the reflection of the piano keys in the sunglasses.
  11. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mongrorama is new, Latin, with a violin. I've never seen or heard a violin in a Latin group. They have a big sound with a lot of finesse. My better half's father had a band and that's where Poncho Sanchez started. When he come to the Brea Jazz Festival, it's like a reunion. There's a lot of music in and about Los Angeles and the OC, big, small and in-between. (BTW- Pete Escovedo's daughter is Shelia E., she was at the Bowl for Playboy.) So hard to beat the Bowl for total a total musical immersion.

    The Playboy Jazz Festival had performers from all around the world, groups from South America, Africa, Asia, all very entertaining with their own special flavor.


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  12. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

    Cool, Gary! Love Melody Gardot, have enjoyed her new album several times on MOG. Check out her life's story, it's quite amazing that she can even perform.

    Will check out Tammi Brown, sounds great. Oh, nice photos!
  13. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I understand, big name cultural events are hard to come by in the countryside. But, I did drive six hours to get to Monterey from Los Angeles.

    MJF is 55 years old but hasn't lost any of it's quaintness and small town charm. It was like we were all family. There was a charge for the fairgrounds, which sported food vendors, artist booths and several small stages for 'free' viewing of not-ready-for-prime-time performers. In the midst of this is an arena, where, for an additional charge you can see the 'A' list, the headliners. I think Reverend, you definitely would have enjoyed yourself. Three days of world class jazz while being surrounded with new family and friends.

    In the morning we had breakfast on the wharf,
    then headed north to San Francisco
    and Sausalito.


    PS- The entire trip is here:!i=2145315032&k=KbK42B9
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Chicks. If there's a video of her MJF appearance, that would be worth seeing. I am still overwhelmed by the performance.


  15. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Nic ... got lucky on that one. Get a few albums and play 'em while you process ... reduces the pain of computer time.

    OM-D, w/ Pany 100-300 @ 280mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 1600

  16. jff1625

    jff1625 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2012
    Man, I dig that shot of Poncho Sanchez. He's one of my favourites. That photo wouldn't look out of place on a record cover.
    Was that Francisco Torres on trombone with Poncho?
  17. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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