Monterey Jazz Festival 2008: A Retrospective

10/17/2008 [Pianos & Keyboards]

A Gallery of Photos From Monterey

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha drum sets and pianos were front and center at the 51st annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest-running jazz festival in history. Held September 19 to 21 at the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds site, the festival featured performances by some of the biggest names in jazz, including several Yamaha Artists.
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Festival headliner Jamie Cullum takes one his signature leaps off the top of a Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano.

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Yamaha Artist Jamie Cullum in performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Of Yamaha Pianos, Cullum has said, "I love the touch of the Yamahas – not too light, not too soft, not too hard. They're real road warriors, too."

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Yamaha Drum Artist Keith Carlock appeared at the festival with jazzy jam band Rudder after coming off a tour with Steely Dan. He calls his new PHX drum kit "the best sounding drums I have heard and played EVER, and everyone out here on the Steely Dan tour agrees."

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The Berklee-Monterey Latin Jazz All Stars get into the groove. In 2008, DownBeat magazine singled the ensemble out (under the name La Timbistica) to win the Best College Jazz Band award.

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Terreon Gully lays down the beat for the Christian McBride band, who performed on each day of the festival.

Read more about Yamaha's participation in the Monterey Jazz Festival here.

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