|Monterey Jazz Festival|
50th Golden Celebration Poster (2007)--Design: Takigawa Design, Monterey, CA
|Genre||Jazz, blues, rock|
|Dates||Third weekend in September|
|Location(s)||Monterey, California, United States|
The Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF), in Monterey, California, is one of the world's longest consecutively running jazz festivals. It debuted 61 years ago in 1958 on October 3, founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons.
The festival is held annually on the 20-acre (8 ha), oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, on the third full weekend in September, beginning on Friday. Five hundred top jazz artists perform on nine stages spread throughout the grounds, with 50 concert performances. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout
From 1992-2010, Tim Jackson was general manager and artistic director, and in 2010, Chris Doss became the managing director, and Jackson became the artistic director. In 2014, Colleen Bailey became the managing director. Since 1992, Clint Eastwood has been on MJF's board of directors. Kent and Keith Zimmerman describe the festival as having expanded in recent years: "While jazz radio and major labels cut back on musical choice and commitment, the Monterey Jazz Festival has widened its scope by expanding the parameters of jazz, blues, and rock. . . . Happily, MJF is now as diverse and vibrant as Lyons imagined it ever could be."
The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization. It has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958. The festival's scholarship program started with a $35,000 scholarship fund in 1970. As of 2012, the festival invests $600,000 annually for jazz education. Every spring, the Monterey Jazz Festival invites student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the "Next Generation Festival".
Dave Brubeck was instrumental in getting city approval for the first festival in 1958. The founder and general manager of MJF for 35 years, Jimmy Lyons, brought Brubeck to Monterey to perform for the city council to persuade them to allow the festival to occur. He performed at the Festival 14 times which included his appearance at the 2007 / 50th golden anniversary.
Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernestine Anderson w/Gerald Wiggins, Cal Tjader Sextet, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Harry James Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy DeFranco, Shelly Manne & His Men, Max Roach, Modern Jazz Quartet, Lizzie Miles, Benny Carter, George Coleman, Booker Little, Jimmy Giuffre Three with Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival Symphony conducted by Gregory Millar, Jake Stock & the Abolone Stompers, Rudi Salvini Band, Virgil Gonsalves Sextet, Med Flory Band, Mel Lewis-Bill Holman Quintet, Burt Bales & the Dixie All-Stars, Betty Bennett, Brew Moore & Dickie Mills Quintet, Leroy Vinnegar Quartet with Teddy Edwards, Mastersounds with Wes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery and Monk Montgomery, Ed Zubov Band; Grace Stock, Claude Gilroy Quintet, Mort Sahl, Master of Ceremonies
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Master of Ceremonies, Count Basie Orchestra w/ Joe Williams, Cal Tjader Quintet, Modern Jazz Quartet, Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, Sarah Vaughan, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Jimmy Witherspoon, Woody Herman & the All Stars w/ Ernestine Anderson, Charlie Byrd & Zoot Sims, Lizzie Miles, "Three Saxes" by Ernie Wilkins w/ Ornette Coleman, Coleman Hawkins, and Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins & Orchestra, J.J. Johnson & Orchestra, "Symphony for Brass & Percussion" by Gunther Schuller, Buddy Collette, Chris Barber, George Lewis New Orleans Band, Paul Horn, Brass Ensemble performs new works by Werner Heider, Andre Hodier, J.J. Johnson and John Lewis; New works by Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, John Lewis and Quincy Jones
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jon Hendricks w/ Miriam Makeba, Clarence Horatius "Big" Miller, Odetta, Jimmy Witherspoon, Louis Armstrong All-Stars, John Coltrane Quartet, Modern Jazz Quartet, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Ornette Coleman Quartet, Jimmy Rushing, André Previn Trio, and Helen Humes
Carmen McRae, Miles Davis Quintet, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk Quartet, Jon Hendricks, Harry James Orchestra, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Andrews Sisters & the Gospel Song, and Helen Merrill, Joe Sullivan
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Miles Davis Quintet w/ Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk Quartet, Lou Rawls, Joe Williams, Woody Herman, Art Farmer Quartet, and Big Mama Thornton.
Louis Armstrong All-Stars, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet w/ Mary Stallings, Cal Tjader Quintet, John Handy Quintet, Clark Terry, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Harry James New Swingin' Band w/ Buddy Rich, Anita O'Day, Mary Lou Williams, and Ethel Ennis
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Don Ellis Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan, Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Carmen McRae, Big Mama Thornton, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Rushing, Muddy Waters Band, Randy Weston, Bola Sete, and Charles Lloyd
10th Anniversary headliners T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, the Clara Ward Singers, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Modern Jazz Quartet, Ornette Coleman Quartet, Carmen McRae, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Richie Havens, and Big Brother and the Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Count Basie Orchestra, Oscar Peterson Trio, Modern Jazz Quartet, Cal Tjader Quintet, Mel Tormé, B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Billy Eckstine, Big Mama Thornton, and George Duke Trio w/ Third Wave
Miles Davis Quintet w/ Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette, Thelonious Monk Quartet, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Roberta Flack & Her Trio, Sly and the Family Stone, and Buddy Rich Band
Duke Ellington, Modern Jazz Quartet, Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Joe Williams, Johnny Otis Show w/ Little Esther Phillips and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Woody Herman Orchestra, Buddy Rich Orchestra, Ivory Joe Hunter, Sonny Stitt & Gene Ammons
Modern Jazz Quartet, John Hendricks, Jimmy Witherspoon, Cal Tjader Quintet, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins Quartet, Joe Williams, Herbie Hancock Septet, Quincy Jones Orchestra, Mary Lou Williams Trio, Roberta Flack
Dizzy Gillespie Quartet w/ Cal Tjader, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Betty Carter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Sunnyland Slim, "Piano Playhouse" with Bill Evans, John Lewis, Marian McPartland and Patrice Rushen, The Meters, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band
Dizzy Gillespie, John Faddis, Clark Terry, Cal Tjader Quintet, Paul Desmond Quartet, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bill Berry Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Band, Helen Humes, Heath Brothers, Eje Thelin Quartet, Gerald Wilson, Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band. Also: Matrix.
20th Anniversary headliners Cal Tjader, Joe Williams, Benny Carter, George Duke, Tito Puente Orchestra, Horace Silver Quintet, Gerald Wilson, and The Neville Brothers, Queen Ida, Betty Carter, Count Basie Orchestra, John Lewis & Hank Jones, also: Matrix.
Dizzy Gillespie, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Aaron Neville, Sonny Stitt, Richie Cole, Flora Purim, Red Mitchell, Scott Hamilton, Earl King, Stan Getz Quintet, Helen Humes, Woody Herman, The Buddy Rich Band, Woody Shaw Quintet, and James Booker
25th Silver Anniversary headliners Carmen McRae, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie Quartet, Ernestine Anderson, Tito Puente Latin Jazz Big Band, Poncho Sanchez & His Jazz Band, Gerald Wilson & the Orchestra, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Joe Williams, Woody Herman & Ira Sullivan Quintet, and Etta James Band
Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Tania Maria, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Mel Tormé, Bobby McFerrin, Bo Diddley, Irma Thomas, and Bobby Hutcherson Percussion Ensemble, Jon Faddis Band, and the Buddy Rich Band
Tito Puente Latin Jazz Big Band, Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet, Dianne Reeves, George Shearing, Bobby McFerrin, Rare Silk, Sue Raney, Etta James, John Lee Hooker & the Coast to Coast Blues Band, and Linda Hopkins
Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Oscar Peterson, Ernestine Anderson, Rebecca Parris, Etta James, Kitty Margolis, Michel Petrucciani Group, Spyro Gyra, Stan Getz Sextet, Stanley Turrentine Quintet, and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra
Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, George Duke, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Betty Carter, Kitty Margolis, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Modern Jazz Quartet, Yellowjackets, Roy Hargrove Quintet, George Duke
Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman & Prime Time, Max Roach & M'Boom, Shirley Horn Trio, Grover Washington, Jr., Etta James & the Roots Band, Nnenna Freelon, Terence Blanchard Quartet w/Jeanie Bryson, and Kyle Eastwood Quartet (Clint Eastwood's son)
Bobby McFerrin, Madeline Eastman, Chick Corea Akoustic Quartet, Stéphane Grappelli, Lee Ritenour/Dave Grusin All-Stars, Gene Harris Band, Rebecca Parris, Staple Singers, Charlie Hunter Trio, Lou Donaldson Quartet, Mary Stallings
Diana Krall, Terence Blanchard Sextet, Kyle Eastwood, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Lew Tabackin, Russell Malone, Clark Terry, Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, The Manhattan Transfer, Ruth Brown, and Bobby "Blue" Bland
Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Smith, Roberta Gambarini, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner Trio, Dave Holland Big Band, Regina Carter, and Deborah Coleman
Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mavis Staples, Kyle Eastwood, Larry Carlton & the Sapphire Blues Band w/ special guest Ledisi, John Scofield, Banyan and New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Hank Jones & Clint Eastwood, Dianne Reeves, The Yellowjackets, Oscar Peterson, Bonnie Raitt, Hank Jones, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner with Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Hargrove, Robert Lowery, Virgil Thrasher, Hank Jones with vocalist Roberta Gambarini, youthful piano phenomenon Eldar Djangirov, Ben Monder's Trio, and Tierney Sutton with her all star trio, anchored by pianist Christian Jacob, and more.
50th Golden Celebration, presented Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck w/ Jim Hall, Gerald Wilson, Ernestine Anderson, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Kenny Burrell Quartet, Otis Taylor Band w/ Cassie Taylor, Rashied Ali Quintet, Issac Delgado, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Los Lobos, James Moody, Vinnie Esparza, Sean Jones, Christian Scott, Cyrus Chestnut, and Terence Blanchard Quintet with Kendrick Scott
Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Tom Scott, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Christian McBride Quintet, Kyle Eastwood, Joshua Redman Trio, The Derek Trucks Band, Maceo Parker, Ledisi, Jamie Cullum, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Kurt Elling, Trio M with Myra Melford, Mark Dresser & Matt Wilson, Tuck & Patti, Barbara Dennerlein Trio
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones (did not appear due to health concerns), Pete Seeger, Susan Tedeschi, Conrad Herwig, Randy Brecker, Vijay Iyer, Dave Brubeck, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, George Duke, Jason Moran, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Russell Malone, Esperanza Spalding, Soulive w/ John Scofield, and Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White and more.
Vocalist Dianne Reeves will be the Artist-In-Residence for MJF/53 in 2010. Harry Connick, Jr., Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea Freedom Band (with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and our 2010 Showcase Artist, Roy Haynes), Angelique Kidjo, Roy Hargrove, Billy Childs, Delbert McClinton, Nellie McKay, Les McCann, and Les Nubians
Saxophonist Joshua Redman will be the Artist-In-Residence for MJF/54 in 2011. Poncho Sanchez Band with special guest Terence Blanchard, Huey Lewis & The News, Eldar, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen & Timeline, India.Arie & Idan Raichel, Sonny Rollins, Tia Fuller, Beat Maestro Young Harper
Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest Jason Moran, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Roots, Billy Childs with special guests Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer and Becca Stevens; Aaron Diehl Quartet; Gary Clark Jr., Booker T. Jones, Davina & The Vagabonds, Michael Feinstein with special guests Russell Malone & Harry Allen and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, Rueben Rogers & Eric Harland, Marcus Miller, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Sangam with Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland; Red Baraat, Christian McBride Trio; Claudia Villela & Harvey Wainapel, Sarah McKenzie Quartet, Melissa Aldana Crash Trio, SambaDa, Harold Mabern, Billy Childs Quartet; Charles Lloyd & Gerald Clayton Duo, The Philadelphia Experiment with Christian McBride, ?uestlove, Uri Caine and special guest Booker T. Jones; Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Band with Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Lionel Loueke; Becca Stevens, John Hanrahan Quartet, Aaron Diehl Quartet, Eric Harland Voyager, Habaneros, Commanders Jazz Ensemble, Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Peter Michael & Juan Escovedo; Jason Moran Fats Waller Dance Party, Ana Popovic, Donald Brown, Conversation about Mulgrew Miller & James Williams; Conversation about Blue Note Records; Sourmash Hug Band; Tony Monaco, Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz; Daniel Rosenboom Quintet; Conversation with Michael Feinstein, DownBeat Blindfold Test; Delfeayo Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Top bands from the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Ben Flocks Quartet, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band; Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius, Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Bari Koral, Minor Thirds Trio, more.
Geri Allen presents the Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea featuring Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Christian Sands, Russell Malone, Darek Oles, and Victor Lewis; Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Blade; Jaco's World: A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius, conducted by Vince Mendoza, featuring Will Lee, Christian McBride, Felix Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Tierney Sutton, Sonny Knight, Bob Mintzer, Alex Acuña, and others; Nikki Hill, Lucky Peterson; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet +5; Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Justin Brown; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Snarky Puppy, Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Sheila E.; Chick Corea & Béla Fleck; Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Musette Explosion, The Brothers Comatose, Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet; Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective, Dennis Murphy Band, Cyrille Aimée; Theo Croker and DVRKFUNK; Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, James Francies; Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Etienne Charles, Kneebody Conversation: Erroll Garner Jazz Project; DownBeat Blindfold Test with Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. hosted by Dan Ouellette; Crossing Borders featuring Jennifer Scott & Kristen Strom, Wasabi; Lizz Wright, Ernesto Oviedo with the John Santos Sextet, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra; United States Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band; Dann Zinn with Peter Erskine and Chris Robinson; Allan Harris, David Gilmore & Energies of Change, Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Percussion Discussion with Peter Erskine and Jeff Hamilton, Conversation: A Love Supreme with Ravi Coltrane and Rudresh Mahanthappa hosted by Ashley Kahn; Michael O'Neill and Kenny Washington; Walter Blanding Sextet; Carlos Henriquez: The Deal Maker; Jazz at Lincoln Center Jam Session; University of Miami Frost School of Music "Extensions"; Central Washington University Big Band; Jones Family Singers; Kyle Eastwood; Duchess; Justin Kauflin Quartet, Berkeley High School Combo A; Monterey County High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Folsom High School Jazz Choir; Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Choir; Folsom High School Big Band; Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Band; Northgate High School Jazz Band; Monterey County High School All-Star Band; Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls; Remembering Clark Terry with Justin Kauflin; American Music Program Pacific Crest Combo; University of the Pacific Combo; Film: Jaco, Film: Keep On Keepin' On