Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars Announce UCLA Live Event

Presented by UCLA Live, the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars will perform at Royce Hall Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, a 36-show, nationwide tour of the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars.

The group is the second Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star tour to hit the road under and features the nine-time Grammy-nominated and 2010 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano; Grammy-nominated violinist Regina Carter; Grammy-winning guitarist Russell Malone; Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling; bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa; and Grammy-nominated drummer Johnathan Blake. The band made its debut at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon in September 2009.

Members of the 2010 MJF All-Stars have a special relationship with the Monterey Jazz Festival—a leader in jazz education and presentation since 1958—and have a commitment to the cultivation of jazz audiences worldwide. Pianist Kenny Barron made his first of his eight appearances at MJF in the early 1960s with Dizzy Gillespie. Violinist Regina Carter was selected as Artist-In-Residence for MJF/47 in 2004 and has appeared at the Festival four times since 1999. Vocalist Kurt Elling, also selected as MJF's Artist-In-Residence for MJF/49 in 2006, has appeared on the stages of the Festival four times since 2003. Guitarist Russell Malone has appeared five times at MJF since 1997. Both bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake made their second appearances at MJF/52. All together, the members of the MJF/52 All-Star group have performed at Monterey 25 times.

"With the success of our 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008 and the subsequent Grammy win a year later for Terence Blanchard for the live recording at MJF/50, we were anxious to continue the spirit and excitement created by the inaugural event and build an even stronger platform for 2010's 'MJF On Tour,'" said Tim Jackson, General Manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival. "We have created an ensemble that is both sonically interesting and hard swinging. These artists all embody the history, spirit, and legacy of the Monterey Jazz Festival; each has a past relationship with MJF that includes performance and educational activities, both core components of Monterey's mission. They are an amazing band that embodies the past, present, and future of jazz."

This year's tour marks the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars have had a Grammy-winning artist representing MJF on tour, in the same year of winning the award. Vocalist Kurt Elling received a Grammy Award for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, which was also performed at MJF/52 in 2009.

Single tickets are on sale now. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. $26/38/50 ($15 UCLA students.) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

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