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This year's most remarkable Monterey Jazz Festival newcomer - Miles Mosley, set for Le Poisson Rouge / ZEALnyc

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Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were played by bona fides who had festival history. Upcoming artists were also invited, including the electronica-spiced GoGo Penguin, rising-star vocalist Kandace Springs and percussionist extraordinaire Pedrito Martinez.

But the most remarkable newcomer outing was string-sawing bassist Miles Mosley, who on opening night electrified Dizzy's Den with his r&b, funk, jazz and wild-outside rock. It was an iota of jazz driven into the beyond-jazz territory-stretching the boundaries of the idiom's evolution. Mosley also blazingly headlined the Detroit International Jazz Festival earlier in the month. Close to the end of his set at Monterey, he asked the crowd, "Can you guys tell me if there's any Jimi Hendrix in my music?" The crowd roared, and in remembrance of the six-string renegade who headlined the Monterey International Pop Festival fifty years earlier, Mosley ripped into "If 6 Were 9." The house roared and treated Mosley and co. to a standing ovation. Expect the same on Friday 10/20 at Le Poisson Rouge.

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