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FRIDAY NIGHT IS THE BEGINNING OF A FULL WEEKEND OF MUSIC!

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GORDON GOODWIN’S BIG PHAT BAND
Friday Night, 9.21 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
GRAMMY®-winning Gordon Goodwin leads his 18-piece big band with an eclectic, intelligent and high-energy brand of music that marries the best elements of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Barry and other big-band and orchestral jazz giants of the past 70 years!

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/061212/mg.jpg MELODY GARDOT
Friday Night, 9.21 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
Please welcome this exciting new vocalist to Monterey for her debut performance!

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EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA
Friday Night, 9.21 / Jimmy Lyons Stage

Eddie Palmieri has been a pioneer of Salsa and Latin jazz for 50 years. He’s just been named a 2013 NEA Jazz Master!


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Friday’s Grounds Artists are just the beginning of a full weekend of jazz, Latin music, blues, and more, and include Jack DeJohnette Group; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Mulgrew Miller Trio ; Gregory Porter; Grégoire Maret Quartet; Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo; Jose James; Tammi Brown; Berklee-Monterey Sextet 2012; Judy Roberts on the Yamaha AvantGrand with Greg Fishman on saxophone; and the Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: Remembering The Real Ambassadors: Brubeck and Armstrong Speak Out on Civil Rights at Monterey! Grounds tickets also include the Simulcast from the Jimmy Lyons stage in the Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines!





SATURDAY IN THE ARENA AND ON THE GROUNDS!

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ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
The “Sacred Steel” of Robert Randolph will make you believe! Funk, soul, blues and Gospel are only the beginning of the ride in this auspicious debut of a major new artist!


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TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE*
Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
In 2010, Trombone Shorty made a once-in-a-lifetime legendary debut at Monterey. Prepare to be blown away when the Tremé-born jazz ambassador to the world brings New Orleans’s 6th Ward to Monterey once again!


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BILL FRISELL'S BIG SUR QUINTET: The Music of Glen Deven Ranch*
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
Guitarist and 2012 Commission Artist Bill Frisell’s new piece is inspired by the grandeur of Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur! Combining Bill’s 858 Quartet and Beautiful Dreamers Trio, the quintet features Eyvind Kang, Jenny Scheinman, Hank Roberts and Rudy Royston.


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JACK DEJOHNETTE SPECIAL TRIO*
WITH PAT METHENY & CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage

Three generations of incredible musicians ignite the stage! Pat is one of the most influential guitarists in jazz; Jack is hands-down one of the greatest drummers—period—and Christian is a legendary presence in multiple genres of music. All three of them together? Wow.


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TONY BENNETT*
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
The legendary NEA Jazz Master left his heart in Monterey in 2005. Now he’s back, at the top of his game, and at the top of the Billboard Charts–again! Please welcome 17-time Grammy Winner Tony Bennett back to the Jimmy Lyons Stage for a powerful performance.


 

* Exclusive Arena Performance!


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Saturday’s Grounds Tickets include performances on 7 stages, plus simulcasts of all Arena concerts! Grounds Shows include: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration with Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Lewis Nash; Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers; Tierney Sutton Band; Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Tribute to Cal Tjader / Directed by Michael Wolff  with Warren Wolf, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Michael Wolff, Robb Fisher, Vince Lateano; Gerald Clayton Trio; Antonio Sanchez & Migration; Ben Williams & Sound Effect; Christian Scott; Mingo Fishtrap; The Blues Broads with Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson with special guest Deanna Bogart; Catherine Russell; Aram Shelton Quartet; Ali Ryerson & Mimi Fox Duo; Encounter; Bleu; Berklee-Monterey Sextet 2012; Annual DownBeat Blindfold Test with Gerald Clayton;  Trane at 86: The Enduring Sound and Timeless Spirit: A Conversation with A.B. Spellman and Chris Potter; Conversation: Reflections on The Real Ambassadors; Jazz on Film: Jazz on a Summer’s Day; Judy Roberts on the Yamaha AvantGrand with Greg Fishman on saxophone; Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: Remembering The Real Ambassadors: Brubeck and Armstrong Speak Out on Civil Rights at Monterey. Grounds tickets also include the Simulcast from the Jimmy Lyons stage in the Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines!





SUNDAY IN THE ARENA AND ON THE GROUNDS: THE MOST MUSIC ALL WEEKEND!

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS BIG BAND *
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!

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/061212/ngjo.jpg NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA *
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 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

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Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding made history last year when she became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY® for Best New Artist! A triumphant return!

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Pat’s second Arena performance of the weekend will feature his new Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams. Prepare yourself.

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55TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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 46-date tour beginning January 2013?

 

* Exclusive Arena Performance!


Sunday’s Grounds Tickets include performances on 7 stages, plus simulcasts of all Arena concerts! Grounds shows include: Ninety Miles with Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton & David Sánchez ; Jack DeJohnette - Bill Frisell Duo; Hammond B-3 Blowout with John Abercrombie Trio; Larry Goldings Trio; Chester Thompson Trio; Mads Tolling Quartet; Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir; Meklit Hadero; Tigran Hamasyan Trio; Kyle Eastwood Band; Commanders Jazz Ensemble of the USAF Band of the Golden West; Mo'Fone; Family Day Presented by Jelly Belly with Banana Slug String Band and Top Groups from the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Festival; Conversation with 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette; Jazz on Film: The Girls in the Band; Judy Roberts on the Yamaha AvantGrand with Greg Fishman on saxophone: Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: Remembering The Real Ambassadors: Brubeck and Armstrong Speak Out on Civil Rights at Monterey. Grounds tickets also include the Simulcast from the Jimmy Lyons stage in the Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines!




NEW! THE 55TH MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL IPHONE AND ANDROID APP HAS ARRIVED!
IT'S FREE!

The Festival has launched the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival App for iPhone and Android so you can create a customized schedule, read bios about the artists, watch the simulcast, and more!

Download your Apps now at the iTunes store or Google Play by searching for “Monterey Jazz.”



THERE’S MORE THAN MUSIC TO MONTEREY!

Each year, the Monterey Jazz Festival presents insightful talks, conversations and films that capture the state of jazz at large. Come and join in the conversation all weekend long!

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/061212/ngjo.jpg Annual DownBeat Blindfold Test featuring Gerald Clayton
Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Dizzy’s Den
Hosted by Dan Ouellette, the legendary DownBeat “Blindfold Test” challenges this year’s featured musician, pianist Gerald Glayton, to identify and share their knowledge about songs without knowing them in advance!

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A Conversation with A.B. Spellman and Chris Potter,
Hosted by Ashley Kahn

Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Dizzy’s Den
Ashley Kahn moderates a conversation with legendary journalist A. B. Spellman, who knew and witnessed Coltrane in his heyday; Chris Potter, one of the leading saxophonists in today’s jazz scene.

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Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines
The Monterey County Film Commission is proud to provide the legendary film Jazz on a Summer's Day for the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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Hosted by Bill Minor

Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Dizzy’s Den
A conversation on Dave and Iola Brubeck’s legendary 1962 jazz opera starring Louis Armstrong. Featuring actress and vocalist, Yolande Bavan (Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan), Ricky Riccardi (Louis Armstrong House Museum), Keith Hatschek (Brubeck Institute), moderated by jazz historian and author, Bill Minor.

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Jack DeJohnette Hosted by Ashley Kahn

Sunday Afternoon, 9.23 / Dizzy’s Den
Author and Journalist Ashley Kahn talks with 2012 NEA Jazz Master Award recipient Jack DeJohnette for an insightful and conversation about various topics.

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Sunday Afternoon, 9.23 / Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines

Presented by filmmaker Judy Chaikin, The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day.

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Remembering The Real Ambassadors:
Brubeck and Armstrong Speak Out on Civil Rights at Monterey

All Weekend in the Coffee House Gallery

This exhibit will examine the legendary performance of The Real Ambassadors at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival. Dave and Iola Brubeck wrote this musical as a social commentary on racial issues in America with Louis Armstrong as the lead character. The exhibit will feature reproductions of photographs, handwritten musical scores, lyric sheets, critics’ reviews, and other archival items from the University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Collection.


http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/082012/premiere-access-pass.pngSUNDAY 9.23 IS FAMILY DAY PRESENTED BY JELLY BELLY!

Sunday, September 23 is the 7th annual Family Day Presented by Jelly Belly at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival! Bring the whole family to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can play real instruments, the Percussion Playshop, where kids play percussion and lead a percussion parade, the Jazzy Jumper, (a bouncy castle for the younger set), and special performances by the Banana Slug String Band in the Coffee House, Mo'Fone on the West Lawn, plus the Country's best young jazz musicians selected at the our Next Generation Jazz Festival!

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/090412/jelly-belly.jpgThe four-ticket Family Discount Package includes two Adult and two Youth (Ages 2 - 18) Grounds Stage Tickets to the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival! Families have access to seven general admission Grounds Stages and all Grounds activities. Grounds Stage Tickets include access to the Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines, featuring simulcasts of all five Arena concerts. Children under the age of two are free!


EXPERIENCE MONTEREY'S NIGHT CLUB ... LIVE ON THE WEB!



Can’t come to the Festival? In 2012, the Festival will again be streaming concerts from the Bill Berry Stage in the Night Club live on the Web! Check the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Website to see the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, Grégoire Maret Quartet, and Gregory Porter on Friday night, 9.21; Christian Scott, Tierney Sutton Band, and Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston on Saturday Night, 9.22; and the Hammond B-3 Blowout with John Abercrombie Trio; Larry Goldings Trio, and Chester Thompson Quartet on Sunday night, 9.23! Thanks to StreamGuys for making live jazz on the web possible!

FREE WIFI ON THE MONTEREY FAIRGROUNDS!

Thanks to our tech partners, Meraki and the Alvarez Technology Group, the Monterey County Fairgrounds is a FREE WiFi hot zone so you can check your email, surf the Web, or watch the live Webcast!



GREENING THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL!

In association with U.S. Pure Water, the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival will once again implement a self-service filtered water program to eliminate the need for and the waste of single-use plastic bottles. The Monterey Jazz Festival and U.S. Pure Water are committed to a sustainable practice for water use, acting locally while thinking globally. All attendees will be provided free access to multiple USPW filtered water stations (using compostable coconut shell carbon) throughout the three-day festival. Participants are asked to assist in the success of this new program by refilling and re-using drinking containers, leading to a huge reduction in plastic bottle waste from the event. Water bottles will also available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival’s life-changing jazz education programs!

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/090911/green-action.jpghttp://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/090911/green-pedal.jpgThe Monterey Jazz Festival continues its free Bicycle Valet Parking for those patrons who are able to commute to the Festival from local hotels and residences! Provided in partnership between the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey Fairgrounds, Green Pedal Couriers and Monterey Green Action, the Free Bicycle Valet Service is located at Fairgrounds Gate 3, on the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road, at the southwest end of the Festival grounds.


http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/090911/eco-act.jpgEcology Action of Santa Cruz, in partnership with The Offset Project  http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/pub/090911/offset.jpgwill continue to implement their program to collect the food waste from the vendor areas, to help get closer to zero waste. The Monterey County Fairgrounds received hundreds of blue recycling barrels that are currently used during all venue events, and in 2011, the program transported almost 3,000 pounds of food waste!


You can read more about our efforts to Green the Monterey Jazz Festival here.





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