Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong at MJF1, 1958
By timOTHY ORR
February 16, 2017 • ABOVE: Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong at MJF1 in 1958. From the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 through its 34th year in 1991, Dizzy Gillespie was nearly synonymous with the festival. General Manager Jimmy Lyons had booked Diz at least 18 times officially (for at least 31 known performances). Some years, Dizzy would just show up. Lyons...
Robbie Stange conducts a band at the 2017 Graded Jazz Festival
By timOTHY ORR
February 06, 2017 • ABOVE: Robbie Stange conducts a band at the 2017 Graded Jazz Festival. When jazz educator Robbie Stange arrived at Monterey High School as a music teacher in 1982, he faced a daunting challenge—the school had gone through four band directors in three years, and it was Stange’s mission to turn the music department around. Eventually, he built a...
John Clayton
By timOTHY ORR
January 25, 2017 • ABOVE: Bassist and composer John Clayton will write the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission.  On January 23, 2017, we sent out a national press release announcing a $30,000 Arts Work grant the Monterey Jazz Festival had received from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the yearly Commission Artist program. In 2017, the piece will be...