2016 Jazz Legends Gala

Benefiting Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs

To become a sponsor of the 2016 Jazz Legends Gala, contact Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Director of Strategic Relations. To place an ad in the 2016 Jazz Legends Gala Program or donate auction items, click here.

For tickets to the Jazz Legends Gala, contact Sarah Boos at 831.233.3715.

About the Jazz Legends Gala

The Jazz Legends Gala, now in its 10th year, 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 2016, the Jazz Legends Gala will be hosted by Clint Eastwood, and will honor “one of the most prolific music producers and composers in history,” Quincy Jones. The evening includes special performances by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and pianist Joey Alexander, who was recently featured at the GRAMMYs and who was described by the Today Show as “on his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time.”

Held at breathtaking The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, this year’s Jazz Legends Gala takes place on Thursday, September 15. Featuring great jazz, delicious food and wine, and stunning views, this will be the year not to miss.

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

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.



All proceeds

from this event 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.