Jon Hendricks, MJF46, 2003 ©Walter Wagner
By timOTHY ORR
November 27, 2017 • ABOVE: Jon Hendricks at MJF46 in 2003. ©Walter Wagner We learned on November 22 that the great lyricist and vocal pioneer Jon Hendricks passed away at age 96 in Manhattan. As a founding member of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, one of the great vocal groups in jazz, Hendricks was a master practitioner of vocalese, the art of recreating...
2017-2018 Traveling Clinicians
By timOTHY ORR
November 03, 2017 • Since 1983, Monterey Jazz Festival has sent professional musicians into the local school systems in Monterey County as a way to nurture young musicians. not only creating artists for the future, but fans as well. This easily scalable program has been a model for arts education organizations around the world to teach students the art of jazz, human...
Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen at MJF60, 2017 (c)Monterey Jazz Festival/Jim Stone
By timOTHY ORR
October 25, 2017 • ABOVE: Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen at MJF60, 2017 ©Monterey Jazz Festival / Jim Stone The “off season” for Monterey Jazz Festival is filled with preparations for the future – including the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County Honor Bands, and much more, all of which have one...
Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Lyons at MJF32, 1989 (c)MJF Archives / Bruce Talamon
By timOTHY ORR
October 21, 2017 • ABOVE: Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Lyons at the 32nd Monterey Jazz Festival in 1989.  ©Monterey Jazz Festival Archives/Bruce Talamon Among the jazz galaxy that has played the Monterey stages, Dizzy Gillespie is of Mount Rushmore status. —Willard Jenkins October 21 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. We wrote...
2017 60th Family Reunion(c)Jesse Burgess
By timOTHY ORR
October 18, 2017 • We haven’t posted in a while, but another Monterey Jazz Festival has come and gone in a whirlwind of activity. It’s a year’s worth of planning that culminates in a weekend that is exhilarating, exhausting, overwhelming…there are not enough words to describe how the process works to bring each festival to the public each year. But when we see...