Sunday, September 19, 2010
Fusion, funk and five-star groups performed on Saturday evening of the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival.
Young ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro took to the Garden Stage during his debut in Monterey and wowed a sardine-packed audience with both original tracks and covers ranging from The Beatles to Spanish flamenco standards. Shimabukuro has played all over the world, including a gig in England with Lady Gaga for the Queen.
Known for his lightning fast fingers on the tiny four-string, two octave instrument, he is able to make sounds previously thought impossible and audiences at the jazz festival were definitely in awe as he received a standing ovation and long cheers between songs.
Following Shimabukuro's set on the Garden Stage, the Chris Potter Underground took a similar note to new sounds with their progressive jazz quartet. Potter's keyboardist Craig Taborn brought sounds of a synthesized bass with funk leads on the Fender Rhodes, while guitarist Adam Rogers and drummer Nate Smith filled in with their own wild solos, which produced a four-piece jazz freak out.
Across the fairgrounds, Kyle Eastwood and his band played to an equally-full house and gave audiences a more straight-ahead style of bass, horns and drums jazz.
On the main stage, soul singer Dianne Reeves hit high and low notes in smoother, romantic tunes.
View more photos from Saturday evening's performances on the Weekly's photo blog.