San Jose Mercury News
The Monterey Jazz Festival is an annual event and an ongoing chronicle. Sure, Armstrong, Ellington, Miles and Coltrane all played there. But so-called “golden eras” are romantic notions, maybe even figments of historical imagination. Jazz continues, and Monterey does as good a job as any festival of documenting its current condition.
Last weekend’s 56th edition, a strong one, presented emerging artists (i.e. Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca), hot artists (singer Gregory Porter), overlooked artists (baritone saxophonist Claire Daly), respected mid-career artists (saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of John) and venerable artists (saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter).
Source: San Jose Mercury News