Jazz On My Mind – Book

Jazz on My Mind by Herb WongThe late journalist Herb Wong covered the Monterey Jazz Festival since its start in 1958. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, Wong was also a record producer, educator and radio DJ on the former KJAZ in San Francisco.

Before he died in 2014, Wong co-authored a book with Paul Fingerote. When the two met Fingerote was Marketing Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival for 30 years.

Paul Fingerote developed many valuable associations with jazz royalty.  Fingerote co-authored “Jazz On My Mind” with Herb Wong.

Wong, was a pioneer in jazz education and a prolific jazz journalist, producer and broadcaster.

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Monterey Jazz Festival artists in the book include Dave Brubeck, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Bola Sete, and Shelly Manne, along with other Monterey-related artists.  Herb Wong knew them all intimately, and these are his intimate stories from the Festival, which he covered from the first Festival in 1958 until last one he was able to cover in 2013.

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