Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour comes to BU

For immediate release: Feb. 5, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — The Monterey Jazz Festival brings its nationwide six-week tour to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for the next Celebrity Artist Series program on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts.

The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars band features:

  • Pianist Kenny Barron, the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who has received nine Grammy nominations. He made his first appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960 with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and also performed with drummer Buddy Rich.
  • Regina Carter, a Grammy-nominated violinist who was featured on filmmaker Ken Burns’ soundtrack for the PBS documentary, "Jazz"; Wynton Marsalis' opera, "Blood on the Fields"; and Mary J. Blige's "My Life."
  • Russell Malone, a Grammy-winning guitarist who backed pianist and vocalist Harry Connick Jr. from 1990 to 1994. He joined pianist and vocalist Diana Krall in 1995 and contributed to Krall's first three Grammy-nominated albums.
  • Kurt Elling, a nine-time Grammy-nominated vocalist who has recorded and performed with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck and Al Jarreau.
  • Johnathan Blake, a Grammy-nominated drummer and composer who has worked in the contemporary jazz scene for the past 10 years. Blake is the first-call drummer for notable jazz musicians such as Tom Harrell and David Sanchez.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is one of the longest-running jazz festivals, debuting Oct. 3, 1958. Artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday have performed at the festival, held annually in Monterey, Calif.

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