Monterey Jazz Festival, at 60, still manages to honor its past and cultivate its future – California News

Monterey Jazz Festival, at 60, still manages to honor its past and cultivate its future – California News








Featuring: Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Leslie Odom Jr., Common, Regina Carter, Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Barron and many more

When: Sept. 15-17. Friday, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

Where: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. General parking at Monterey Peninsula College.

Tickets: Single day grounds tickets, $52 on Friday; $67 Saturday or Sunday; $22 for youth 3-18. Single day arena tickets, $87 Friday and $176 Saturday or Sunday. Other ticket packages available

Details: www.montereyjazzfestival.org

The Monterey Jazz Festival’s 60th anniversary edition is upon us. Thursday afternoon’s “Concert on the Lawn,” a free show (11 a.m. at the Garden Stage) for hundreds of Monterey County music students held at the Monterey Fairgrounds & Event Center, serves as the kick-off to what will be another historic weekend in the legendary jazz festival’s long and storied career. While every year is exciting to witness with the unfolding of curated programs that often are “only at Monterey” moments, there is an even higher level of attention to programming when the decade milestones come into play.

“I think in the programming I tried to reflect a sense of history and legacy, plus also kind of roll with our general family theme of this year,” said festival artistic director Tim Jackson. “I think if you take the commission piece as an example. For the 40th and the 50th, we had Gerald Wilson’s big band. I really loved that because Gerald was a California guy and it’s a big band, and it really…

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