[JPL] Steinbeck 'feel' to '06 Monterey Jazz Festival

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Sat Apr 1 22:58:15 EST 2006

Posted on Sat, Apr. 01, 2006

Steinbeck 'feel' to '06 Jazz Festival
Dave Brubeck to premiere his 'Cannery Row Suite'

Herald Staff Report

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck will dive into Steinbeck territory in September 
with the premiere of his "Cannery Row Suite" at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Much of this year's festival will have a decidedly Steinbeck feel, said 
festival spokesman Jason Arnold.

Festival officials Friday released the lineup for the 49th annual event, a 
three-day show at the Monterey Fairgrounds featuring more than 500 artists 
beginning Sept. 15.

Brubeck, 85, helped launch the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 when 
Cannery Row was still a roiling, active blue-collar zone populated by 
colorful characters.

Since then, Brubeck has recorded several large-scale works, including 
ballets, a musical, an oratorio, four cantatas and a mass.

This year he will use the jazz festival's stage to premiere his "Cannery 
Row Suite," based on the novel "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck. Brubeck's 
performance is scheduled for Sunday night's closing show.

To highlight the Cannery Row riff, the festival will present a special 
exhibit about Steinbeck and his popular novel curated by the National 
Steinbeck Center. A roundtable discussion about Steinbeck and the novel is 
also scheduled.

The festival will take its show on the road to the Steinbeck Center in 
Salinas for a "Jazz with Steinbeck" supper club performance Sept. 13.

The event, a fundraiser for the Monterey Jazz Festival's education programs 
and the Steinbeck Center's youth programs, will feature the Taylor Eigsti 
Quartet, with special guest Erin Boheme, and meals prepared by celebrity 
chef Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge.

The event includes the festival's debut of Bonnie Raitt during Saturday 
afternoon's traditional blues show.

Arnold said this year's run will "mark several significant milestones," 
including the Charles Lloyd Quartet's appearance on the 40th anniversary of 
the group's "Forest Flower" recording.

The Yellowjackets will celebrate their 25th anniversary with an appearance 
on the Jimmy Lyons Stage on Saturday night with special guest Robben Ford.

A premiere from John Clayton will be performed by Kurt Elling and the 
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on Friday night. Clayton's piece is titled 
"Red Man-Black Man."

The popular Saturday afternoon blues show features contemporary blues giant 
Keb' Mo' and McCollough Sons of Thunder, a brass gospel choir from Harlem.

Tickets for the three-day show are available at the fairgrounds ticket 
office, and at 

If you go • What:49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival • When:Sept. 15-17 • 
Where:Monterey Fairgrounds • Tickets:Available now at the festival ticket 
office at the Monterey Fairgrounds or at montereyjazzfestival.org

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