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Monday, March 30, 2009

52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival


52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented By Verizon

Celebrates The Joy Of Jazz With Legendary Icons, Classic Tributes And Young Upstarts On 9 Stages For 3 Days Of Nonstop Jazz Entertainment, September 18 - 20, 2009

2009 Artists-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis And The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Headline Arena/Lyons Stage

Dave Brubeck Quartet Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Time Out

Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band Plays The Music Of Miles Davis

And John Coltrane Commemorating 50th Anniversary

Of Kind of Blue and Giant Steps

American Icon And Folk Pioneer Pete Seeger Makes MJF Debut

Showcase Artist Joe Lovano Performs With NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones,

Us 5, John Patitucci Trio, Conrad Herwig

Commission Artist Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

Debuts Signature Piece, “Feedback”

Debut Of Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars Featuring Kenny Barron,

Regina Carter, Kurt Elling And Russell Malone

Sunday Night’s Arena Show Features Three Generations Of Pianists:

Corea, Clark & White, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

March 30, 2009; Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon will once again celebrate the joy of jazz as it launches its fifty-second edition with a variety of legendary performers, American icons, and visionary new artists in weekend of jazz, blues, folk, and American song that has characterized the world-renowned event on the oak-studded and beautiful land of the Monterey Fairgrounds, the location of the Festival since its inception in 1958. The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon takes place September 18 - 20, 2009.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, montereyjazzfestival.org. Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJF’s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

The Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage will be the focal point of the Festival, with a lineup that is a celebration of the past, present, and future of American music with multiple award-winning artists and special projects, including NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones with Grammy winning saxophonist Joe Lovano (MJF/52 Showcase Artist); the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by 9-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (MJF/52 Artists-In-Residence); the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling, and guitarist Russell Malone; the gifted bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding; vocalist extraordinaire Dee Dee Bridgewater; the incomparable Grammy-winning pianist George Duke; the incendiary Jason Moran & The Bandwagon (MJF/52 Commission Artist); and the highly-anticipated super-trio of 15-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist Chick Corea with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke and fiery drummer Lenny White.

A celebration of strings will also be featured in the Arena with soulful roots/blues guitarist and vocalist, Susan Tedeschi; the American icon and folk music pioneer Pete Seeger; and the gospel-soaked baptismal blues of John Scofield and the Piety Street Band.

Special golden anniversary celebrations of classic and historic jazz recordings from 1959 will fill the Arena with Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band (with special guests, the 5-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano, playing the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beloved and influential jazz classics, Kind of Blue and Giant Steps. NEA Jazz Master, living legend and pianist Dave Brubeck returns to the stages of Monterey for his 15th appearance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his world-wide best selling and groundbreaking recording, Time Out.

The fruits of music education will also take center stage in the Arena, with the top high school big band -- selected at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival (April 3 - 5, 2009) -- kicking off the Sunday Arena program, followed by MJF’s own Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the top high school musicians in the country.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, montereyjazzfestival.org. Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJF’s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

2009 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, SHOWCASE ARTIST AND COMMISSION ARTIST

In 2009, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will serve as the Festival’s Artists-In-Residence, with participation at the Next Generation Festival, April 3 - 5, 2009, the MJF Summer Jazz Camp in June 2009, and at MJF/52. Featured members of JALC members include saxophonist Sherman Irby, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Vincent Gardner, drummer Ali Jackson, and the 9-time Grammy-winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At MJF/52, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing both in the Arena and on the Grounds.

Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano will be the MJF/52 Showcase Artist, and will put in four different performances with a myriad of groups: as a co-leader with NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones, featuring bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade; in Mr. Patitucci’s Trio (also with Brian Blade); leading the intergenerational US5, with bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr.; and as a featured member of Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band playing the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Pianist Jason Moran serves at the MJF/52 Commission Artist. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the most provocative thinker in current jazz," Moran’s piece, “Feedback,” will be debuted by his ensemble, The Bandwagon on the Arena stage, and the group will perform an additional set on the Grounds.

The longtime and growing tradition of Arena artists performing on the grounds is also unusually rich for MJF/52 -- patrons will be able to catch sets from Conrad Herwigs Latin Side All-Star Band, the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Esperanza Spalding; John Scofield, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano with John Patitucci and Brian Blade; and Jason Moran & The Bandwagon on Grounds stages throughout the weekend.

MJF/52: DAY BY DAY

Friday, September 18 in the Arena will kick off MJF/52 with an extravaganza of talent -- starting off with the MJF debut of up-and-coming bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding; followed by the latest edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling, guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Kiyoshi Kitigawa and drummer Johnathan Blake. Closing the Arena’s first evening is Conrad Herwig’s explosive Latin Side All-Star Band featuring Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano, updating Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and John Coltrane’s Giant Steps in honor of the 50th anniversary of their release.

Friday night on the Grounds, New Grooves comes back to Dizzy’s Den for 7th year. Kicking it off is the return of the deep soul of vocalist Lizz Wright, followed by breakout sensation Esperanza Spalding in her second set of the evening. Across the pathway in the Night Club, the Scott Amendola Trio will get the venue’s evening of to a quirky bebop-oriented set, followed by the stellar John Patitucci Trio, featuring Joe Lovano and Brian Blade. Closing the Night Club will be Forro in the Dark, performing the Brazilian-folk dance music that has world-wide appeal. On the outdoor Garden Stage, the Roger Eddy Group gets the music started with his West Coast-flavored jazz, followed by the straight-ahead 2009 Berklee-Monterey Quartet, a harbinger of future musical talent. Global Noize -- a mash-up project headed by keyboardist Jason Miles and DJ Logic -- closes out the Garden stage on an inclusive world music note. In the Coffee House Gallery, fans will be treated to three sets from pianist Jonathan Batiste, the next generation of a New Orleans musical dynasty. In Lyons Lounge, DJ Vinnie Esparza will shake things up with an extended set of Salsa, Afro-Latin and Brazilian music.

Saturday, September 19 in the Arena features an afternoon of radically different guitar styles: John Scofield and the Piety Street Band opens the day with a sanctified set of New Orleans and Gospel-inflected blues, followed by American icon and visionary acoustic folk pioneer Pete Seeger in a very special and historic MJF debut. Soulful blues guitarist and lauded vocalist Susan Tedeschi also debuts on Saturday to close the afternoon with another MJF first. Saturday night’s Arena program returns with three classic jazz acts -- starting the evening is the Joe Lovano and Hank Jones Quartet, featuring John Patitucci and Brian Blade; followed by vocalist, jazz ambassador, radio personality, and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater. Closing the evening is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Artists-In-Residence of MJF/52.

Saturday on the Grounds will get off to a rousing start with a wide variety of performers and styles on the Garden Stage, including a tribute to Charles Brown from pianist Martin Headman; the Texas blues of guitarist, vocalist and songsmith Ruthie Foster; the raucous and funky New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville; the soul-pop of guitarist and vocalist Raul Midón; and the Afro-Brazilian funk of Wayne Wallace and Rhythm & Rhyme.

Dizzy’s Den will open on a “Blue Note” with an historical conversation with Blue Note label president, Bruce Lundvall and Mosaic Records founder and 3-time Grammy-winner, producer Michael Cuscuna. Journalist Dan Ouellette returns with his longtime MJF favorite, the DownBeat Blindfold Test -- this time with legendary pianist George Duke. The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars with Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone will put on their second show of the weekend, followed by the groove-oriented Soulive, featuring John Scofield. Closing out Dizzy’s will be Dee Dee Bridgewater, also her second appearance of the weekend. Visitors in the intimate and dynamic Coffee House Gallery will be treated to three sets each of classic and progressive jazz from the Weber Iago’s The Dhanyavad Project” and the Peter Erskine and Alan Pasqua Trio.

In the Night Club, the day gets off to a youthful start with the top college vocal group from MJF’s Next Generation Festival, followed by the Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra. The evening’s shows will simmer with the Cuban and Latin jazz of the Rodriguez Brothers, the burnin’ post-bop trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire (a former MJF Next Generation Jazz Orchestra member) and regale in a special tribute from Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band, playing the music of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

On the other end of the grounds in Lyons Lounge, DJ Vinnie Esparza will pump out a second extended set of Soul-jazz, Afro-Latin and Brazilian music in what has become an ongoing tradition (now in it’s third year at MJF) in pushing the musical envelope.

Sunday, September 20th in the Arena reflects MJF's 52-year support of jazz education with the top high school big band from the Next Generation Festival, followed by followed by MJF’s own Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the top high school musicians in the country. The Grammy-winning George Duke closes the afternoon set. Sunday night celebrates Three Generations of Pianists, with the premiere of the MJF/52 Commission piece, “Feedback” and set from Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, followed by the incomparable Dave Brubeck Quartet as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Brubeck’s groundbreaking recording Time Out. Capping off the Arena’s Sunday program is the highly-anticipated super-trio Corea, Clark & White. Featuring former Return to Forever members the 15-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist Chick Corea, trendsetting bassist and Grammy winner Stanley Clarke, and influential drummer and Grammy winner Lenny White, the MJF/52 Arena program will end on a highly eclectic and electric note.

Sunday will be no less eclectic on the Grounds. The Night Club will host the top eight student groups from MJF’s Next Generation Festival, with the evening’s concerts featuring the pianist and NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Quartet, followed by Jason Moran & The Bandwagon.

Dizzy’s Den will feature an afternoon of jazz education and music, with a conversation with NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi, hosted by journalist Yoshi Kato, followed by a Jazz Journalists Association panel entitled Jazz…and the DJs Who Played the Records. Dizzy’s Den will enjoy an evening of jazz stardom with shows from Joe Lovano leading US5, with bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr. The closing show in Dizzy’s Den will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The outdoor Garden Stage will have the top college big band from the Next Generation Festival, followed by master trumpeter, Scotty Barnhart. Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez will close out the afternoon’s Garden Stage. The evening shows will subvert the norm with the debut of Buffalo Collision, a collective-improv supergroup featuring pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King of the Bad Plus, with New York downtown improvising legends saxophonist Tim Berne and cellist Hank Roberts. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet will bring their own contemporary take on the acoustic tradition with a blend of hip-hop and jazz to end the evening.

DJ Logic will take a turn in Lyons Lounge with an extended evening set, and the Coffee House Gallery will host the Terrence Brewer Trio for two sets of boss guitar; a clinic with the 2009 Berklee-Monterey Quartet, followed by two sets from the visionary pianist, the Vijay Iyer Trio.

All weekend long in the evening, Lyons Lounge at the end of Lyons Lane will pulse with Samba, Afro-Cuban, funk and Soul-jazz sounds of Vinnie Esparza (Friday and Saturday) and DJ Logic (Sunday) -- both DJs are returning for encore performances. Lyons Lounge and Lyons Lane are named in honor of MJF founder Jimmy Lyons. The Lounge will again offer fans a hip jazz club to chill out on the north end of the Grounds, departing from the acoustic offerings of the Festival.

Also on the Grounds, a companion exhibit in the Coffee House Gallery celebrates the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records, entitled Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records, which showcases the iconic photography of Francis Wolff combined with the classic Blue Note record designs by Reid Miles. The art of over thirty classic albums will be displayed in what will be a visual feast of landmark graphic design from the world’s most celebrated jazz label. In addition, Blue Note recording artists will have a strong presence at MJF/52 with Artist-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis, Showcase Artist Joe Lovano, and Commission Artist Jason Moran. In what has become a signature MJF welcome, Sue Downs will be performing on the Yamaha Disklavier on the Courtyard Stage, at the entrance of the Festival grounds.

The Jazz Theater will show simulcasts of the Arena shows all weekend long in the 900-seat venue. In addition, there will also be special film screenings of the Ralph J. Gleason presentation, The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi, the official documentary authorized by the Guaraldi family about the influential and popular West Coast pianist, hosted by Toby Gleason (Saturday); and Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. about the American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist, presented by director and producer, donnie l. betts (Sunday).

NEW FAMILY DISCOUNT PACK / 4TH ANNUAL FAMILY DAY

New for 2009, families can take advantage of MJF’s Family Discount Pack, which includes two Adult Grounds Tickets and two Youth Grounds Tickets (2 - 18 years old) for only $80 on Friday, $100 on Saturday or Sunday--a savings of up to $20. With kids under 2 years free, the family can enjoy MJF/52 together and save. Families will enjoy the music, exhibitions, food, beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and much more on the 20 acres of beautiful forested fairgrounds, with lots of room to roam, play, and picnic.

Sunday, September 20th marks the Festival’s 4th Annual Family Day! Families and children of all ages can participate in special activities, hear the country’s top student jazz musicians, and join in the fun with the return of the popular Percussion Playshop, MJF’s innovative “Instrument Petting Zoo” with high-tech, professional gear provided by Yamaha. The younger set can also bounce in the “Jazzy Jumper” on the West Lawn.

‘FORE’ AND MORE

The Festival's 11th Annual Golf ‘n’ Jazz Tournament will be a spectacular outing at the Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, rated as one the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Poll for 2008. Participants will enjoy world class golf with guest artists, lunch, awards ceremony, Callaway Golf putting contest, great prizes, and much more on Thursday, September 17, 2009. To register, please visit montereyjazzfestival.org, call (831) 373-3366, or e-mail jazzinfo@montereyjazzfestival.org. All net proceeds benefit MJF's Jazz Education Programs.

MJF’s Front Box Auction presents a golden opportunity for jazz fans to enjoy the Monterey Jazz Festival while supporting jazz education. The Front Box Auction opens on March 30, 2009 at 9:00 am and concludes on June 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time; patrons can bid to sit at the front of the Arena with three of their closest friends in four Front Box seats for the 52nd annual MJF. For more information, please visit montereyjazzfestival.org.

During the Festival, fans are also encouraged to visit the MJF Education Booth in the center of the midway to participate in the MJF Silent Auction featuring unique jazz memorabilia and collector’s items, with all auction proceeds benefiting MJF’s Jazz Education Programs.

PARTNERS IN JAZZ

· Every year, partners play an important role in helping the Festival fund its Jazz Education Programs, with efforts led by Presenting Partner, Verizon, now celebrating their 25th year in partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival!

· Best Buy returns for the second year, partnering with MJF/52 and with the Next Generation Festival. Best Buy will host an expanded store at the center of the midway, where artists will be signing CDs.

· Korbel Champagne once again hosts Klub Korbel, a champagne bar in the Fairgrounds' Turf Club Patio featuring Arena simulcasts

· Monterey County favorites, Jekel and Five Rivers Wines return as Official Wines, served throughout the MJF/52 grounds

· Yamaha, a long time partner of both the Festival and MJF's Jazz Education Programs, will once again be providing Yamaha pianos and drums on MJF/52 stages, and music on the Yamaha Disklavier with on the Courtyard Stage

· North Coast Brewing Company returns as Official Beer for MJF/52, with a variety of North Coast brews available all around the grounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival, led by their lauded Brother Thelonious Belgian-style abbey ale

· Apple/iTunes will be providing free music sample download cards to all MJF/52 attendees, featuring a collection of Monterey Jazz Festival artists

· Returning Bay Area Media Partners, the San Jose Mercury News and KKSF, as well as DownBeat magazine, will be helping MJF get the word out about the Festival and its Jazz Education Programs

The Monterey Jazz Festival also receives invaluable support for the Festival and its Jazz Education Programs from the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, D'Addario Music Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Harden Foundation, William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation, Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Inc., Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Rotary International, as well as from generous individuals like you.

The Monterey Jazz Festival encourages jazz fans to purchase tickets early for the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon. Arena Packages traditionally sell out quickly and are available only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Grounds Tickets will increase by $5 per day Tuesday through Sunday of Festival week, (September 15 - 20) so fans are advised to act quickly and save on the already low price of Grounds Tickets!

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, montereyjazzfestival.org. Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJF’s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

MJF/52 Highlights Include:

  • Return of jazz legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Dave Brubeck
  • World Premiere of Commission Artist Jason Moran & The Bandwagon’s “Feedback”
  • Showcase Artist Joe Lovano performs in trio, quartet, quintet, and big band groups
  • Artists-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs in the Arena and Grounds
  • American icon and folk legend Pete Seeger, blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi, and new sensation Esperanza Spalding make debuts at MJF
  • 50th anniversary celebrations of classic jazz recordings with Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band playing Kind of Blue and Giant Steps; Dave Brubeck plays Time Out
  • Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars features Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone
  • Lyons Lounge features Vinnie Esparza and DJ Logic remixing soul-jazz, salsa, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban
  • Friday’s "New Grooves" features Esperanza Spalding, Lizz Wright, and Global Noize
  • New Orleans and Gulf Coast music celebrated with Jonathan Batiste, New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band, Wynton Marsalis, Ruthie Foster, and Martin Headman’s “Tribute to Charles Brown”
  • Special conversations with Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna; Toshiko Akiyoshi; DownBeat Blindfold Test with George Duke
  • Blue Note’s 70th anniversary celebrated with Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records with iconic photography by Francis Wolff and classic designs by Reid Miles
  • Return of Sunday's “Family Day” with fun for all ages
  • Film screenings of The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi and Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr.
  • Continued releases from Monterey Jazz Festival Records, featuring rare and rarified recordings from the last 50 years on CD in conjunction with Concord Music Group

52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon, September 18 - 20, 2009

Artists-In-Residence: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Showcase Artist: Joe Lovano

Commission Artist: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

ARENA ARTISTS

FRIDAY NIGHT (Sept. 18)

Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band with special guests Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano; Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Esperanza Spalding

SATURDAY (Sept. 19)

Susan Tedeschi; Pete Seeger; John Scofield and the Piety Street Band; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Hank Jones & Joe Lovano Quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade

SUNDAY (Sept. 20)

George Duke; Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with special guest Wynton Marsalis; Top High School Big Band from the Next Generation Festival; Corea, Clarke & White; Dave Brubeck Quartet; Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

GROUNDS ARTISTS

FRIDAY NIGHT (Sept. 18)

NEW GROOVES with Esperanza Spalding, Lizz Wright, Global Noize; John Patitucci Trio with Joe Lovano and Brian Blade; Jonathan Batiste; Scott Amendola Trio; Forro in the Dark; Roger Eddy Group; Berklee-Monterey Quartet 2009; Vinnie Esparza

SATURDAY (Sept. 19)

Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side All-Star Band; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Soulive with Special Guest John Scofield; Peter Erskine & Alan Pasqua Trio; the New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Rodriguez Brothers; Raul Midón; Wayne Wallace and Rhythm & Rhyme; Martin Headman, Ruthie Foster; Vinnie Esparza; Weber Iago Trio; DownBeat “Blindfold Test” featuring George Duke; conversation with Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna; The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi (film)

SUNDAY (Sept. 20)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Jason Moran & The Bandwagon; Joe Lovano’s Us 5 with Esperanza Spalding, James Weidman, Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr.; Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Quartet; Vijay Iyer Trio; Buffalo Collision; DJ Logic; Scotty Barnhart; Terrence Brewer Trio; Alfredo Rodriguez Trio; the Shotgun Wedding Quintet; Family Day with the Country’s Best High School and College Bands; conversation with Toshiko Akiyoshi; Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. (film)

ALL WEEKEND

Sue Downs on the Yamaha Disklavier; Arena Simulcasts in the Jazz Theater and Klub Korbel; Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records - Iconic photography by Francis Wolff, classic designs by Reid Miles

Partial list, with more artists to be announced. Artists subject to change.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, montereyjazzfestival.org. Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJF’s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

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