Announcing the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2012

Tickets Go on Sale Today for the 55th Annual
Monterey Jazz Festival September 21-23
, 2012

Headliners Include Tony Bennett, Esperanza Spalding, Pat Metheny Unity Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bill Frisell, Melody Gardot, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, Monterey Jazz Festivals 55th Anniversary Celebration with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, and Many More

April 4, 2012; Monterey, CA; Tickets go on sale today for the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21–23 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Arena Package Tickets are on sale now at montereyjazzfestival.org or by calling 888.248.6499. The Festival features 500 artists, 90 performances on 8 stages and more, for 30 hours of live music over 2 days and 3 nights, accompanied by an array of international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with iconic and emerging jazz artists on the oak-studded 20-acres of the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

2012’s Grammy Award-winning lineup includes Arena headliners Tony Bennett, Esperanza Spalding, Pat Metheny Unity Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bill Frisell, Melody Gardot, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, Monterey Jazz Festivals 55th Anniversary Celebration with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, and Lewis Nash.

A full list of this year's highlights and performers can be seen by clicking here.

The award-winning trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire, will serve as the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence, and will perform with his own Quintet with the Monterey Jazz Festivals 55th Anniversary Celebration Band; and as a soloist with the Festival’s all-star student band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, of which he was a two-year member. The NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winning legendary drummer, Jack DeJohnette, returns as the Festival’s 2012 Showcase Artist, and will perform four times throughout the weekend on the Grounds with his own band, in the Arena with his Special Trio (with Pat Metheny and Christian McBride); and in duo with Bill Frisell, the Festival’s 2012 Commission Artist. Bill Frisell will perform three times--with Mr. DeJohnette; with his group Beautiful Dreamers, and will debut his newly-commissioned piece with Beautiful Dreamers and his 858 Quartet.

2012 TICKET INFORMATION AND MORE
Full Weekend Arena Packages are available starting at $225 and offer a reserved seat to each of 5 concerts on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage (renewable annually), access to 7 Grounds Stages and all Festival activities. Full Weekend Grounds Tickets start at $125 and Daily Grounds Tickets for as low as $40, include access to 7 Grounds stages and activities, plus simulcasts of all Arena concerts in the Jazz Theater. Single Day Arena Tickets include a reserved seat (non-renewable) for the Arena shows on the day you select, and are $66 for Friday, and $132 for Saturday or Sunday. Single Day Arena Tickets go on sale June 28, 2012.

Also returning for 2012 is the Festivals 7th Annual Family Day, Front Box Auction, Premier Access Pass, Family Discount Package, Youth Tickets, Locals Package for Monterey County residents, and RV Parking on the Fairgrounds. Contact the Ticket Office at 888.248.6499 or e-mail ticketoffice@montereyjazzfestival.org to request additional information.

The 2012 Jazz Legends Gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey on Thursday, September 20. This exclusive event honors the contributions and lasting legacies of jazz pioneers, and this year, will honor 2012 NEA Jazz Master and legendary drummer, Jack DeJohnette. Proceeds from the Gala benefit Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Education Programs. Contact 831.373.3366 or e-mail development@montereyjazzfestival.org for more information.

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVALS PARTNERS IN JAZZ
The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival partners include Amoeba Music, Carmel Road Winery, DownBeat, Gallien-Krueger, Inns of Monterey, The Jazz Cruise, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Jelly Belly, KGO 810, KUSP 88.9, North Coast Brewing Company, Remo, San Jose Mercury News, Yamaha Instruments, and Casa Vinicola Zonin.

Monterey Jazz Festival also receives support for its Jazz Education Programs from AT&T, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation, Community Foundation of Monterey County, DAddario Music Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Quest Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, Upjohn California Fund, Surdna Foundation and generous individual contributors.

For a complete event details including the full list of performers at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival please visit montereyjazzfestival.org. Artists and schedule subject to change.

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For more information please contact:
Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate
Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 510.652.1122
Monterey Phone: 831.373.3366
timorr@montereyjazzfestival.org
www.montereyjazzfestival.org

or visit:
http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2012/presskit

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