50th Anniversary of Live at Monterey Jazz Festival
October 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
With alto saxophonist John Handy, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Victor Lewis, and vocalist Tiffany Austin
John Handy’s performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was an unprecedented sensation. Brave, free, and unique, the set is considered a high point of improvisation and an essential listen amongst aficionados. The entire set is comprised of two lengthy, wholly captivating pieces full of extended solos on saxophone, guitar, violin, bass, and drums. From the opening minutes to the fiery climax, the music transports the listener, instilling a sense of wonder that remains palpable today. Recordings of the original performance have thankfully been reissued, but it will be a special privilege not only to hear this material in person, but to experience it with an audience almost unthinkably intimate compared to the Monterey crowd that gave Handy such thunderous applause 50 years ago.