The Monterey Jazz Festival Visits Fairfield

Submitted by Jorge Espino '11 on February 24, 2010

On Friday, February 12th, The Quick Center for the Performing Arts hosted musicians from the Monterey Jazz festival. On tour since September 2009, this ensemble of Grammy nominees and winners gathered on stage to play some of today’s best jazz.

On stage was Grammy-winning guitarist Russell Malone who played a medley that was as complex as it was beautiful. Also present were pianist Kenny Barron, bassit Kiyoshi Kitagawa, vocalist Kurt Elling, violinist Regina Carter, and drummer Jonathan Blake.

Together, these artists played an impressive array of jazz styles that wooed the crowd. Kurt Elling displayed his vocal abilities with lyrics adapted from ancient mystic texts. Kenny Barron played a West Indies-style song entitled “Calypso.”

If the intensity of the crowd’s applause is an accurate indication of their popularity, then it is certain that the Monterey Jazz Festival’s visit to the Quick Center for the Performing Arts will not soon be forgotten.

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