• 2014 ARTIST LINEUP •
Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band · Guest of Honor
Grammy Award-winning conguero and Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez has over three decades of experience as a bandleader and influential sideman next to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie. With his Los Angeles upbringing immediately immersing him into an unusual cross section of sounds from straight ahead Jazz, Latin, and American Soul, it was Coltrane, Davis and Mongo Santamaria that raised him, and instigated self-taught endeavors into guitar, flute, drums, timbales and eventually congas. Poncho landed a spot in the Latin legend Cal Tjader’s band in 1975, and seven years later signed to Concord Records where he has released two dozen critically acclaimed albums since, including the Grammy winning Concord Picante label album Latin Soul in 2000. www.ponchosanchez.com
Celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce recently dropped their third studio album Fly—a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in San Francisco to Terminal 5 in New York City, Lettuce entered Brooklyn recording studio The Bunker this winter with a fresh batch of road-tested material and a revitalized sound honed razor sharp by a year spent on the road. “We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch. www.lettucefunk.com
Dragon Smoke was formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. With the dual vocals of Ivan Neville-Vocals/Keyboards (Neville Bros.) and Eric Lindell-Vocals/Guitar, matched with the Galactic rhythm section stars Stanton Moore-Drums and Rob Mecurio-Base, the band quickly realized, “We are on to something” and has played every Jazz Fest since it’s inception in 2003. The music centers with Lindell’s blue-eyed soul, Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, this band has been strickly playing in New Orleans. With all in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! Facebook Page
Monty Alexander & Harlem-Kingston Express
In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American Jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, and Bill Cosby among others. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time, Alexander was listed among the top five of all time. He has recorded over 70 albums as a leader and “Harlem Kinston Express: Live!” received a Grammy award nomination in 2012. Monty returns to Telluride Jazz Festival after his first appearance 22 years ago. www.montyalexander.com
Grupo has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre, and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique voices in music today. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy, their second such nomination, for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music, which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.” Based in Austin, Texas, Grupo is said to be the finest and funkiest Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade. This collective is still riding the momentum of their critically acclaimed performances with Prince in London before 20,000 people. www.grupofantasma.com
The buzzing 10 piece Funk/Jazz ensemble has been building momentum that peaked when they were awarded the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for the live recording “Something” featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway. The once Texan, now New York-based, quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, Guardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than almost any band in the idiom. Over the course of 2013, Snarky Puppy gave almost 200 performances and workshops on four continents, including North Sea Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Blue Note Tokyo, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. http://custom.bandframe.com/snarkypuppy
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
“Jon Cleary is the ninth wonder in the world.” – Bonnie Raitt.
In the hallowed ranks of New Orleans piano professors, Jon Cleary is on the tenure track. Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a triple threat, combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. He balances a career performing on solo piano or with his power trio, and is a notorious hired gun for artists such as John Scofield and Bonnie Raitt, who he has toured with since 1999. www.joncleary.com
When people think of Brazilian music, the Samba and its daughter, the Bossa Nova, automatically come to mind. But in fact, Brazil is a land of an extraordinary variety and depth of musical styles, music with a range that speaks from the heart to the gamut of human emotions.
As a child in Rio de Janiero, Claudia Villela would fall asleep lulled by the music from a samba school that practiced nightly behind her grandparents’ home. “I woke up to the sound of my mother singing while my father played the harmonica,” she recalls. “My singing is the sum of all the music I’ve heard, from Brazilian baroque to bossa nova to free jazz, the nostalgic and modern. It comes from all those memories.” (continue …)
The Nigel Hall Band
Jazz, Soul, and Funk…these are not just words to the young and immensely talented keyboardist and vocalist known as Nigel Hall. These are his three square meals each day. These are oxygen, water and love. The world of music is where Hall resides, and it is the reason for his every move. From the time he was a child, music, just as sunlight, has been the thing that wakes him up in the morning. When asked about himself, Nigel reflects, “I’m just someone who lives, eats, drinks music.” This becomes clear when Nigel takes the stage. http://www.royalfamilyrecords.com/nigelhall
DVS (Dillon, Vidacovich & Singleton) with special guest Brian Haas
This New Orleans-based trio is anchored by the legendary crescent city rhythm team of Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton exploring the art of the trio with a depth that few groups today can lay claim to. Johnny and James have played with the legends of the music world including Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, John Scofield, Lightning Hopkins, James Booker, Jon Cleary, Anders Osborne and all the Marsalis family. They are also both members of Astral Project. Dillon is the wildcard of this group – though classically trained on marimba, he fell in love with Thelonius Monk and dedicated his life to the vibraphone playing improvisational music with Kansas City based group the Malachy Papers. He joined Seattle Group Critters Buggin, leading to collaborations with Galactic, The Dead Kenny Gs, Garage a Trois, Charlie Hunter, Karl Denson, Black Frames, Marco Benevento among others. He leads The Mike Dillon Band with trombone sensation Carly Meyers. The trio will be joined by pianist Brian Haas from the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. http://www.mikedillonvibes.com
DJ Logic • Artist At Large
The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ Logic is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.
Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Charlie Hunter, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Mos Def and The Rroots. www.djlogic.com
Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound – a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of Jazz, Go-go, Brass Funk, New Orleans and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve, and is being returned to them in cities all over the world as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances. www.redbaraat.com
Michael Bellar & The AS-IS Ensemble
Michael Bellar/the AS-IS Ensemble – The AS-IS Ensemble is the musical home of musician/producer Michael Bellar. This highly excitable, alt-jazz group has opened for John Scofield, Tea Leaf Green, Medeski Martin and Wood, Oliver Wood (of the Wood Brothers) and JFJO. They have performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, South By Southwest, the JVC, Bell Atlantic and New York City Winter Jazz Festivals and were formerly the house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City. In a review of their first ever performance in New York City,they were hailed as “GENERATION NEXT” by Billboard Magazine. The group has recorded three studio CDs – “Turned On Turned Up” (2009), “Like It Is,” and “REACT!”Featured on the latest release “Turned On Turned Up,” are bassist Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork), drummer Brad Wentworth (Ryan Keberle. Aretha Franklin) and percussionist Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Jessie Harris).
Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band with Poncho Sanchez
Organized in 2001 under the direction of award-winning performer, author, producer, and educator, Caleb Chapman, the Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world to be comprised entirely of young musicians. With a youthful energy and nearly unbelievable performance level, the band has performed their hip, intelligent big band arrangements for thousands. While the ensemble has been featured at many of the world’s most prominent music festivals, their crowning performance was a headlining debut at a packed Carnegie Hall in May of 2013. Again this year, DownBeat Magazine honored the Crescent Super Band with their coveted “Downbeat Award”, recognizing them as the best in the nation. The band has also won ten “Best of State” awards for Utah, including eight consecutive years as Utah’s “Best Professional Band” in any genre. http://calebchapmanmusic.com/bands/
Hooligans Brass Band
Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble
This program, in its 20th year, is for the serious student and is directed by renowned jazz educator and trumpeter Bob Montgomery and Alumni saxophonist Josh Quinlan. A national talent search is conducted for students age 13 to 19 via audition tapes. Students selected receive scholarships to this special week-long program July 29 – August 3, 2014 culminating with a main stage performance at the festival. 2014 Audition information is available here.
Young Razzcals Jazz Project
Since 1995 the Young Razzcals Jazz Project has mentored over 125 young musicians from diverse backgrounds. Under the directorship of devoted music educator and jazz performer, Dave Adams, along with the help of numerous volunteers, these gifted youth have been inspired, taught, and challenged to reach their higher musical potential The Razzcals Project last performed at Telluride Jazz in 2008 and over the years, at least 12 Young Razzcals have been accepted into the Telluride Student All Stars Jazz Ensemble. www.youngrazzcalsjazzproject.com
Telluride All-Stars 20th Reunion Group
A collective of Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble veterans coming together to celebrate 20 years of the the student program with special performances during the festival weekend.