Terminal Degree Working for the Monterey Jazz Fest Press Office

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We drove down listening to a radio station called, “Songs You Remember.” Not so sure why we were into the Backstreet Boys back then, probably b/c everyone else was. At the end of the festival, we sat with some admins and talked about the future of music, wondering whether the people our age will ever take notice of all these world class musicians who come through Monterey. Our musical tastes are being directed by MTV and the Disney Channel, but maybe if we make clever use of media, we can get Jazz the exposure it deserves as well.

Raj and I debated the issue all the way home. My thoughts are that we lack musical literacy, cultural awareness, and are disconnected from the lives of the artists. Raj believes it’s a problem with Jazz music itself, and it’ll take another Miles Davis to make any shifts.

Terminal Degree LOVES being at MJF, and it seems like our involvement may last a lifetime, circumstances permitting. The question is, what is our impact as part of the festival to become later down the line?

In any case, the Monterey Jazz Fest is a highlight of our year. This year, Raj loved Davina and the Vagabonds. Yu said that Phronesis got him on his feet, which isn’t as common for him. I liked Bobby Mcferrin and his daughter, especially because the story behind their music was so compelling.

As usual, we made a bunch of new friends with lots of stories to tell involving golf carts, phone numbers, and terrible name puns. What an honor to be there to see Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Lovano.

At the end of the fest, Tim Jackson, the Artistic Director for the fest asks us how they’d get more people our age to come. There’s not an easy answer for this, and it’s just a shame that so many people will never get to hear the live music of Dave Brubeck and other musical legends. For the time being, the MJF, at least, has the commitment of this cohort of science and engineering, musically inclined, young adults.