GORDON GOODWIN & HIS BIG PHAT BAND / 8:30 PM
Saxophonist, pianist and GRAMMY-winning composer and arranger Gordon Goodwin was a member of Monterey’s High School All-Star Big Band in the 1970s. Now he’s back with his own Big Phat Band, whose intelligent and high-energy music marries elements of Ellington, Basie, John Barry, and other big-band and orchestral jazz giants of the past 70 years. Read More
MELODY GARDOT / 9:50 PM
Grammy-nominated vocalist Melody Gardot makes her Monterey debut! With her sultry take on the jazz idiom, the New York Times said Melody’s “...raw talent and intense feeling recall the young Rickie Lee Jones…” Don’t miss her! Read More
EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA / 11:10 PM
Nine-time Grammy® winning pianist, Eddie Palmieri, has been a pioneer for over 50 years as a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz. Called “the last of the larger than life giants” by the Los Angeles Times, Eddie’s Salsa Orchestra makes its debut at Monterey. Read More

ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND / 1:00 PM
Pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph & the Family Band blend rock, blues, soul, gospel—the deepest roots of American music. The sounds of “Sacred Steel” will make a powerful debut on the Jimmy Lyons Stage! Read More
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE / 3:00 PM
In 2010, Trombone Shorty made a legendary debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival. His return to the Festival will be a high-energy show of "Supafunkrock" that you won’t want to miss! Read More
BILL FRISELL: BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS
MEETS THE 858 QUARTET / 8:00 PM

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 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission piece. Read More
JACK DEJOHNETTE SPECIAL TRIO
WITH PAT METHENY & CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE / 9:20 PM

2012 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Jack DeJohnette is regarded as one of jazz’s greatest drummers, and is our 2012 Showcase Artist! Pat Metheny and Christian McBride join him in this very special, iconic trio. Read More
TONY BENNETT/ 10:50 PM
NEA Jazz Master Tony Bennett is a living legend. At 85, The Wall Street Journal said Tony is “…constantly reaffirming his position as pop music’s greatest living patriarch” and his second appearance at Monterey will be a historic event all in itself. Do. Not. Miss. Read More

LOS ANGELES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS BIG BAND / 12:30 PM
Appearing for the fifth time in the Arena since 2007, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts is truly one of the best student big bands in the country! Read More
NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA / 1:10 PM
At the core of Monterey Jazz Festival’s education programs, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra is made up of the most talented high school musicians from around the United States. For the 41st edition of the band, they’ll be joined by former member and Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
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ESPERANZA SPALDING / 2:40 PM
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 UNITY BAND / 7:00 PM
Pat’s second Arena performance of the weekend will feature his new Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams. Prepare yourself. Read More
MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR
55TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
/ 9:00 PM

With a band that has Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, and Lewis Nash as members, what more could you want? How about a tour in 2013? Read More




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