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Read Live At The 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival KUSP

September 22, 2011 – Hear concert recordings, see photos and read more coverage at npr.org/montereyjazz. KUSP

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: Scott Colley Trio WBGO

September 21, 2011 – A bassist to jazz stars, Colley plays his own scorching tunes with Chris Potter and Antonio Sanchez. WBGO

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Terence Blanchard performs with the Vince Mendoza Orchestra in a tribute to the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans.

Read Monterey Jazz 2011: A Recap

September 21, 2011 – A chat about Sonny Rollins, festival traditions and the other highlights of MJF 54.

Juan-Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Club at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: Juan-Carlos Formell And Johnny's Dream Club WBGO

September 21, 2011 – The Cuban singer-songwriter conjures up a New Orleans fantasy with a band of jazz musicians. WBGO

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Donny McCaslin at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: Donny McCaslin Group

September 21, 2011 – He grew up in nearby Santa Cruz. Now a world-class saxman, he came home with a funky, electric band.

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The Sarah Wilson Quintet at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: Sarah Wilson Quintet

September 21, 2011 – She writes knotty tunes, plays trumpet and sings. And her agreeable band executed her unusual ideas.

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Bill Carrothers at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: Bill Carrothers Trio

September 21, 2011 – Paired with old friends, the pianist's soft touch and luminous chord voicings were especially ripe.

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John Santos leads his sextet at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Listen Monterey Jazz 2011: John Santos Sextet WBGO

September 21, 2011 РThe outspoken ambassador of Latin jazz led a tight band, featuring the aggressive rapper Rico Pabón. WBGO

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Bill Carrothers performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Read Between Sets: A Conversation with Pianist Bill Carrothers

September 19, 2011 – The jazzman, history buff and reputed recluse opens up about rural Michigan and being "overlooked."

Terence Blanchard (left) and Kermit Ruffins perform in the An Afternoon In Treme revue at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Read At Monterey, Fast Footwork And East Bay Voices

September 18, 2011 – Four highlights from the 54th annual event, including a New Orleans revue and Bay Area standouts.

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The KUSP mobile broadcasting unit, aka "The Sturgeon."

Read Comrades In Coverage, Monterey Edition

September 18, 2011 – We're obviously not the only journalists here at Monterey. Here are some other folks to follow.

Helen Sung at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Read 'Round Midnight: A Late-Night Conversation With Helen Sung

September 17, 2011 – After playing three sets, the pianist talks Tommy Flanagan, Houston and learning to like poetry.

Showcase Artist Robert Glasper will perform in several different configurations at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival. His piano trio plays the festival's very first set.

Read Monterey Jazz Festival 2011: A Game Plan

September 16, 2011 – Too many bands on too many stages requires advance planning. Here's our itinerary for the weekend.

An airplane flies over the Arena Stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Read The First Time Attendee's Guide To The Monterey Jazz Festival

September 14, 2011 – A few clues to getting around the Monterey County Fairgrounds during its world-class jazz event.

We'll be supplying colorful commentary from Monterey.

Read NPR Music Goes To The 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival

September 14, 2011 – Follow us for updates and recordings from the world's oldest continuously-operating jazz festival.

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