How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin’ performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking the festival’s 60th anniversary.
The end result is The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour. It’s a band of six individually acclaimed performers from the next generation of stars: Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano and musical director; Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Jamison Ross, drums, vocals. The band toured through North America in March and April of 2019 and Jazz Night in America captured the band’s stop at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which features original tunes from different members of the band with new accents from project collaborators. –COLIN MARSHALL
This concert was recorded on March 15th, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
0:10 – “Fog”
7:53 – “Visions”
19:12 – “Sack Full Of Dreams”
24:59 – “Ghost Song”
29:21 – “Yasugaloo”
39:15 – “Splendor”
Cécile McLorin Salvant (voice)
Bria Skonberg (trumpet, voice)
Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone)
Christian Sands (piano, musical director)
Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
Jamison Ross (drums, voice)