2014 Jazz Legends Gala

Monterey Jazz Festival Presents The 8th Annual
Benefiting Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs

Honoring Charles Lloyd
With Special Guest and Host Herbie Hancock
Music by DownBeat Poll Winner Cécile McLorin Salvant

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

InterContinental The Clement Monterey
750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

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6:00 p.m.
Wine, beer, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with performance by Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra / Silent Auction

7:00 p.m.
Dinner by Jerry Regester, Executive Chef

8:15 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Legends Award presentation to Charles Lloyd

8:45 p.m.
Performance by Cécile McLorin Salvant

Black tie is optional.

Tickets are $2,600 for a table for ten people or $290 per person.
Proceeds support Monterey Jazz Festival Education Programs.

Previous recipients of the award include Dave Brubeck, Terence Blanchard, and NEA Jazz Masters Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, and Wayne Shorter. Attendees at previous Galas have included Clint Eastwood, Don Was, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Herbie Hancock.

InterContinental The Clement Monterey on Cannery Row overlooks the world-famous Monterey Bay, one of the most spectacular natural marine sanctuaries on Earth.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education program which include: monthly jazz clinics in underserved schools in Monterey County serving over 800 students, collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust providing camping and music education to at-risk youth, four student jazz ensembles, including the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, with tours domestically and internationally, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp for over 100 campers, master classes and performances with Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence and the Digital Music Education Program available over smartphone apps and the Internet. Monterey Jazz Festival is proud of its commitment to invest over $500,000 annually in its education program in partnership with corporations, institutions, and individuals.

2014 Showcase Artist and Jazz Legends Gala recipient, tenor saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd, was born in 1938 in Memphis and was playing professionally by the age of 12. Lloyd came to international prominence with Chico Hamilton’s chamber-jazz group in 1960, and by 1964, Lloyd made his own recording debut as a leader, eventually creating a barrier-breaking quartet with Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, and Cecil McBee which was universally celebrated as one of the first ‘crossover’ bands—sharing the stage with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and the Grateful Dead. His landmark live album, Forest Flower, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966, was a commercial and critical hit and was one of the best-selling jazz albums of the era. Retreating to the California Central Coast of Big Sur in the early 1970s, where he remained for a decade, it was only after a near-death experience in 1986 that Lloyd returned to music full-time. His albums for the ECM label have been hailed as modern classics, and the New York Times wrote that "Mr. Lloyd has come up with a strange and beautiful distillation of the American experience.” Lloyd was named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master recipient this past June.

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music, transcending genres throughout his acoustic and electric explorations with the Miles Davis Quintet, and his own groundbreaking solo career. Over five decades, Herbie has won 14 GRAMMY® Awards, including the 2007 Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. As an early adopter of electronic instruments, Herbie has inspired generations of hip-hop and contemporary music artists. In 2013, Hancock was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He also acts as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; serves as Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz; is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador; and is a founder of the International Committee of Artists for Peace.

The winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2010, Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in 1989, raised in Miami, and began classical piano and vocal studies at an early age. Moving to Aix-en Provence, France, to attend the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in 2007, she is known for her unique interpretations of obscure jazz and blues compositions and a focus on the theatrical portrayal of standards. Her Mack Avenue release, WomanChild, was nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY Award, and she recently won four categories in the 62nd Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll, including Jazz Album of the Year.


Your table assignments will be available at the event. No tickets will be distributed in advance. If you have any questions, please call 831.373.3366, ext. 206.

Monterey Jazz Festival is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation. $150 of the $290 ticket price is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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