Herbie Hancock ©Cole Thompson
By timOTHY ORR
March 20, 2017 • ABOVE: Herbie Hancock at MJF54 in 2011. ©Cole Thompson If jazz is a music that reflects the times, then Herbie Hancock is the consummate jazz icon of our era. The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to have the eternal master back for our 60th anniversary, September 15-17, which Herbie Hancock bookending the Festival on Friday Night, September 15...
The USC Thornton School of Music Big Band
By timOTHY ORR
March 13, 2017 • ABOVE: The USC Thornton School of Music Big Band at the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival, directed by Bob Mintzer. ©Cole Thompson As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. One of its flagships is the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF), one of...
Gerald Clayton Trio at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2010
By timOTHY ORR
March 09, 2017 • ABOVE: Gerald Clayton Trio at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2010. This was the first of several of Gerald's trio appearances at MJF. ©Cole Thompson Our 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Gerald Clayton, has a long history with the Monterey Jazz Festival. In high school, Gerald attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and the LACHSA...
Gerald Clayton at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival
By timOTHY ORR
March 06, 2017 • ABOVE: Gerald Clayton at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, performing with Charles Lloyd. ©2014 MJF/Craig Lovell Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton is a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists. Along with his father (bassist and composer John Clayton) and drummer Jeff Hamilton, Gerald will share the triple-bill as Monterey...
Regina Carter
By timOTHY ORR
February 28, 2017 • The leading violinist of her generation and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Regina Carter will act as the Showcase Artist for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2017, and will bring three different projects to the stages of Monterey: Simply Ella, in honor of the 100th birthday of the iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald; Southern Comfort, an examination...