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Kuumbwa Jazz & Monterey Jazz Festival Present: Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart at the Sunset Center
Kuumbwa Jazz and Monterey Jazz join together to present Béla Fleck, with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Mayer, and Bryan Sutton, featuring music from Fleck’s new album My Bluegrass Heart. Over the last four decades, Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before – a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including country, pop, jazz, instrumental, classical, and world music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years. My Bluegrass Heart is the third chapter of a trilogy which began with the 1988 album, Drive, and continued in 1991 with The Bluegrass Sessions. “I was kind of surprised, frankly, when I sent out the invite for the first touring ensemble, because everyone I asked said yes!” he said. Fleck’s first road band will spotlight some of the best of the new generation of bluegrass players, all sporting myriad of Grammy Awards and nominations, as well as gigantic piles of IBMA awards for their instruments.