Greg Piper’s Event Journal

Monterey jazz festival 122012
Tuesday January 22, 2013 / 7:30pm
Monterey Jazz Festival Tour 55th Anniversary
2 tickets
Orchestra Rear/Tier 1/Tier 2

How was your experience?

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My gal and I went purely for Christian McBride, only knowing a couple others tangentially. It was a pretty good set - didn't blow me away, didn't disappoint me - we were way back in Benaroya so it wasn't as great as seeing a band at, say, Jazz Alley. They were personable, though the vocalist talked too much. They took turns leading - piano trio for one number, the horns front and center on another, and it started with a fun duo with Christian on bass and the vocalist singing about him as "my mother's son-in-law." I was most intrigued by pianist Benny Green, who looks like a weird kid prodigy but apparently is turning 50 this year. He played hard, flirted with the vocalist, and claps like a seal.

Help others enjoy a great night out

Casual to business casual
Wine, coffee, cookies
Metered street, their own garage