AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire has a long personal history with the Festival. As Artist-In-Residence for 2012, Ambrose will perform four times throughout the weekend. Read More.

BILL FRISELL
Returning for the first time since 2008, guitarist Bill Frisell is a visionary presence in American music. As the 2012 Commission Artist, he’ll perform three times and debut the MJF Commission piece. Read More.

JACK DEJOHNETTE
2012 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Jack DeJohnette is regarded as one of jazz’s greatest drummers, and is our 2012 Showcase Artist! He’ll appear four times throughout the weekend. Read More.

ESPERANZA SPALDING
Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding made history in 2011 when she became the first jazz musician to receive the Grammy® for Best New Artist! A triumphant return! Read More.

PAT METHENY
Nineteen-time Grammy-winner and iconic guitarist Pat Metheny will be performing twice in the Arena—in a special trio with Jack DeJohnette and Christian McBride, and with his own Unity Band! Read More.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
In 2010, Trombone Shorty made a legendary debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival. His return to the Festival will be high-energy show of "Supafunkrock" that you won’t want to miss! Read More.





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