Headliners Include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Common, Leslie Odom, Jr.,
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angélique Kidjo, Kenny Barron Trio, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau;
Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and Many Others
MJF Celebrates Centennials of Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald
and Dizzy Gillespie, with Additional Tributes to Salsa and Sonny Rollins
Monterey, Calif, April 27, 2017; Three-day Arena and Grounds Ticket Packages for the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 15–17 go on sale Monday, May 1. Tickets can be purchased online at montereyjazzfestival.org or by calling 888.248.6499.
Celebrating its historic milestone, the Festival, will feature over 110 performances from iconic and emerging jazz artists, educational events, conversations, films, and exhibits on eight stages, for 30 hours of live music spanning two days and three nights, accompanied by an array of 75 vendors selling international cuisine and merchandise on the oak-studded 20 acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
The Artists-in-Residence for MJF60 will be John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Gerald Clayton, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will debut the 2017 commission piece, “Stories of a Groove: Conception, Evolution, Celebration,” written by John Clayton. Regina Carter will be the Showcase Artist, playing with three projects over the weekend.
Monterey Jazz Festival is a six-time JazzTimes Readers Poll winner, including being voted “Best Jazz Festival” for its 59th edition last year. Six NEA Jazz Masters will be featured at the Festival in 2017, including Kenny Barron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, and Branford Marsalis, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe winner rapper/poet Common, A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile with Brad Mehldau; Tony Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr. from Hamilton, and multiple award-winning vocalist and activist, Angélique Kidjo.
“In the world of music festivals, the Monterey Jazz Festival continues to be a standout both in terms of presenting the very best of jazz, but also in the character of the event, which welcomes everyone—young and old, jazz enthusiast, and novice alike,” said Colleen Bailey, Executive Director. “Artistic Director Tim Jackson continues to deliver a lineup that includes household names, as well as artists who are pushing the boundaries of jazz.”
“The 60-year history of the Monterey Jazz Festival is an inspiring legacy and a lesson in the history of jazz,” said Artistic Director Tim Jackson. “For the 60th celebration, I am excited and grateful to be able to help build on this historical achievement by celebrating our past masters, reveling in the music of now, and gleefully pointing forward in new directions.”
2017’s GRAMMY Award-winning Arena lineup on Friday night, September 15 includes Herbie Hancock, and tributes to the 100th anniversary of the births of Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald with the Kenny Barron Trio with special guests Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, and Pedrito Martinez, and Regina Carter’s "Dear Ella."
The Saturday afternoon, September 16 Arena lineup includes Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Project, Mr. Sipp, and Monsieur Periné.
Saturday night includes a tribute to Sonny Rollins featuring Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Redman, with Gerald Clayton, Scott Colley and Lewis Nash; Tony Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr. from Hamilton, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with the Gerald Clayton Trio debuting the 2017 commission piece.
The Arena lineup on Sunday afternoon, September 17 includes Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Common, John Beasley's MONK'estra, celebrating the Thelonious Monk centennial, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Gerald Clayton.
Sunday night in the Arena will feature Herbie Hancock with Chick Corea; Angelique Kidjo's Tribute to Salsa with Pedrito Martinez; and A Prarie Home Companion host Chris Thile with Brad Mehldau.
Full Weekend Arena Ticket Packages offer a reserved seat to each of the five concerts on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena (renewable annually) plus, access to the seven additional Grounds Stages, and all Festival activities. Full Weekend Arena Ticket Packages begin at $315.
Full Weekend Grounds Packages offer access to seven Grounds stages and activities. Full Weekend Grounds Packages are $145.
Grounds activities include nearly 100 events, conversations, films, and musical performances, with weekend highlights from the Joanne Brackeen Trio, Gerald Clayton Trio, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Regina Carter & Southern Comfort, Linda May Han Oh, Tia Fuller Quintet featuring Ingrid Jensen, Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove Quintet, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Joe Lovano Classic Quartet, Pedrito Martinez Group, Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt, Amendola Vs. Blades, James Carter Organ Trio, Kyle Eastwood Band, GoGo Penguin, Sean Jones Quartet, Miles Mosley, Monsieur Periné, Ray Obiedo & The Latin Jazz Project, Alicia Olatuja, Ali Ryerson Quartet, The Suffers, Mr. Sipp, Kandace Springs, Chester Thompson Trio, Chano Dominguez Trio, Roger Fox Big Band with Chris Cain, Derrick Hodge & Mike Mitchell, the films I Called Him Morgan and Chick Corea: The Musician, and much more.
Also performing will be the top high school and college bands from the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival, including Northgate High School Jazz Band, Folsom High School Jazz Band I, Buchanan High School Jazz Band 'A', Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble, Crossroads School Jazz 'A' Band, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Ensemble, Folsom High School Jazz Choir I, Valencia High School Two ‘N’ Four, Joshua Tazman, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra, USC Jazz Composers Collective, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble, University of the Arts "Z" Big Band, and California State University, Sacramento Vox Now.
Also on sale are Full Weekend District 7 Premier Club hospitality passes, priced at $300. Benefits include a furnished setting offering closed-circuit Arena simulcasts, wines by District 7 and gourmet cuisine, private restrooms, indoor and outdoor patio seating, no-host top-shelf bars, and more. Arena or Grounds Ticket purchase is required.
The 11th Annual Jazz Legends Gala, held at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, will honor Herbie Hancock on Thursday, September 14, 2016. Special performances at this beautiful location will feature the Gerald Clayton Trio, Regina Carter, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Cost is $290 per person. Proceeds from this event benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs. Contact 831.233.3715 for more information.
Single Day Arena and Daily Grounds Tickets go on sale May 15.
Lineup for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 15- 17, 2017
(in order of appearance / Partial list, more to be announced)
Friday, September 15
Jimmy Lyons Stage: Regina Carter "Dear Ella"; A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie: Kenny Barron Trio with special guests Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, Pedrito Martinez; Herbie Hancock
Garden Stage: Ray Obiedo & The Latin Jazz Project; Along Came Betty; Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
Dizzy’s Den: GoGo Penguin; Miles Mosley
Night Club: Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt; Alicia Olatuja; Gerald Clayton Trio
Coffee House Gallery: Latin Jazz Collective; Roberta Gambarini
Courtyard Stage: Matthew Whitaker on the Yamaha AvantGrand (Two sets)
Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the Arena
Saturday, September 16
Jimmy Lyons Stage: Monsieur Periné; Mr. Sipp; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (MJF Commission); Leslie Odom, Jr.; A Tribute to Sonny Rollins featuring Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and Gerald Clayton, Scott Colley & Lewis Nash
Garden Stage: Con Brio; The Suffers; Mr. Sipp; Monsieur Periné; Sammy Miller Congregation
Dizzy’s Den: Ali Ryerson Quartet; Sean Jones Quartet; Kyle Eastwood Band; Roy Hargrove Quintet; Pedrito Martinez Group; Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Night Club: Top bands from the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival; Roger Fox Big Band; Kandace Springs; Regina Carter Quartet; Derrick Hodge & Mike Mitchell
Coffee House Gallery: DownBeat Blindfold Test with Tia Fuller; Conversation with Herbie Hancock; Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors; Joanne Brackeen Trio (Three sets)
Education Pavilion: Student Performances (All afternoon)
Courtyard Stage: Matthew Whitaker on the Yamaha AvantGrand (Three sets)
Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the Arena; Jazz on Film: I Called Him Morgan
Sunday, September 17
Jimmy Lyons Stage: Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Gerald Clayton; John Beasley's MONK'estra; Common; Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau; Angélique Kidjo's Tribute to Salsa with Pedrito Martinez; Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
Dizzy’s Den: Andy Weis & the Monterey Jazz All-Stars; O.F.N.I. Trio; Joe Lovano Classic Quartet; Tia Fuller Quintet featuring Ingrid Jensen; Regina Carter & Southern Comfort; Vijay Iyer Sextet
Garden Stage: Top Bands from the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival; Roger Fox Big Band with Chris Cain; Linda May Han Oh, Ranky Tanky; Sandy Cressman’s “Entre Amigos”
Night Club: Top Bands from the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival; MJF High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble; MJF High School All-Star Big Band; Amendola Vs. Blades; Chester Thompson Trio; James Carter Organ Trio
Coffee House Gallery: Conversations with Jimmy Heath and Chick Corea; Top bands from the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival; Chano Dominguez Trio (Two sets)
Jazz Education Pavilion: Student Bands (All afternoon)
Courtyard Stage: Matthew Whitaker on the Yamaha AvantGrand (Four sets)
Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the Arena; Jazz on Film: Chick Corea: The Musician
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Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 831.646.8670
Monterey Phone: 831.373.3366
Monterey Jazz Festival is honored to receive support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NEA Art Works, Cal Humanities, Scheid Family Wines, North Coast Brewing, The Jazz Cruise, Blue Note, Taylor Farms, Inns of Monterey, Macy’s, Monterey Bay Aquarium, SmoothJazzGlobal.com, KAZU, KSBW/Estrella TV, JAZZIZ, DownBeat, and JazzTimes.