2017 Jazz Legends Gala

Benefiting Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs

To become a sponsor of the 2017 Jazz Legends Gala, contact Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Director of Strategic Relations.
Herbie Hancock will be the 2017 Jazz Legends Award Recipient.

Jazz Legends Gala, September 14, 2017

The Jazz Legends Gala, now in its 11th year in 2017, features the presentation of the distinguished Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Legends Award to a leading contributor to the world of jazz on the eve of the Monterey Jazz Festival each September.

In 2017, the Jazz Legends Gala will be held at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, and hosted by Clint Eastwood to honor one of the most influential pianists and composers in jazz, Herbie Hancock. The evening will include performances from the Gerald Clayton Trio  and Regina Carter.

390 patrons attended the sold-out 2016 Gala to benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs which include: Monterey Jazz in the Schools, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County Honor Ensembles, and the MJF Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library. Monterey Jazz Festival is proud of its commitment to invest over $750,000 annually in its education programs, ensuring all young people have access to high quality jazz music education opportunities, and enriching lives through jazz.

Previous recipients of the award include Terence Blanchard, and NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, and Quincy Jones.

Attendees at previous Galas have included Clint Eastwood, Don Was, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Herbie Hancock.

Previous live music performers have included Cyrille Aimée, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Hiromi, Kim Nalley, Jamie Davis, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

Program advertising information will be available soon.

BELOW (L-R): Monterey Jazz Festival Artistic Director Tim Jackson, Quincy Jones and Clint Eastwood at the 10th annual Jazz Legends Gala, September 15, 2016.

2016 Jazz Legends Gala




Presenting Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente


Supporting Sponsors

Taylor Farms

Scheid Family Wines

David and Susan Gill


Contributing Sponsors



John Chase
John Hanrahan
Connie & Bob Lurie
Stuart Jacobs & Stephanie Stevenson


Wine Sponsor

Scheid Family Wines


Beer Sponsor

North Coast Brewing Company

Special Thanks

Marich Chocolates

McShane's Nursery

Matsui Nursery