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Over 3000 people in 59 countries around the globe watched our first-ever Web stream of concerts, live from the Night Club! Over 1000 people downloaded the MJF54 App to their Smartphones! Stay tuned for more insights and artist additions to the Digital Musical Education Project App – download it now to your iPhone or Android!

We have posted many reviews of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival on our Facebook page – check them out and make your voice be heard! You can also hear selected shows from 2011 on NPR’s A Blog Supreme in case you missed them!

“Rollins could have been an emblem of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself —
which combined historic wisdom and youthful zest.”
Seattle Times

“‘Unbelievable’ was the oft-repeated adjective applied to [Sonny Rollins]...”
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

“Highlights of the festival were undoubtedly the young American saxophonist Tia Fuller and the exceptional, Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara…Her playing is so powerful that for certain parts of her music, she got off the piano bench and kept playing while standing.”
Der Spiegel

“A strong focus on female composers and bandleaders was the hallmark and highlight of the weekend, but only one aspect of a diverse roster that spanned genres and generations, opening with one of the music’s brightest young stars in Robert Glasper, closing with one of its mightiest veterans in Sonny Rollins.”
Jazz Observer

“Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival was a journey through eras, river basins,
continents, climate zones, you name it.” 
International Review of Music

“The people who come here like this vibe, and follow this music enough to plan their whole vacations around it. There's a real loyalty to this whole experience. Not just gorging yourself on music, but being able to eat in the food court with Gerald Wilson or Poncho Sanchez.” 
– National Public Radio’s A Blog Supreme

“…the performances by Richard Bona/Raul Midon and India.Arie/Idan Raichel demonstrated a wider net than the usual predominant Latin jazz subset, and it was refreshing to experience the embracing collaborations between different cultures, a theme worth its weight in gold.” 
Monterey County Herald

"Sunday night's Jimmy Lyons' stage Miles Davis-Gil Evans extravaganza, fronted by
Terence Blanchard's unparalleled and soaring trumpet and Vince Mendoza's ‘Still Ahead’ Orchestra, was not merely THE highlight of the 2011 Monterey jazz bash, but one of the most astounding sets of music played anywhere in the last fifty years of my jazz life.” 
Positive Feedback

“…a spectacular weekend of sparkling sunshine and luminous jazz stars.”
San Bernardino Precinct-Reporter

“…the Monterey Jazz Festival…a potent cultural institution, on the West Coast and in the world.”
Santa Barbara Independent

“…the best weekend of jazz you're ever going to witness.”
Monterey County Herald

“…this weekend’s festival was a joy, if an exhausting one – a 53-hour infusion of music…”
San Jose Mercury News

This is a full-service, style-inclusive festival—still the best in the west and probably
the best American festival overall…”

“Long live Monterey!”
– Sonny Rollins


Mark your calendar now for the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21 - 23, 2012, featuring our 2012 Artist-In-Residence, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and 2012 Commission Artist Bill Frisell! Tickets go on sale in March, 2012.

“…a major creative figure
in the making…”
-- Jazzwise
“…the most innovative and influential
jazz guitarist of the past 25 years.” 
-- Wall Street Journal

Click here
if you would like to receive a hard copy of our 55th brochure (to be mailed in late March, 2012).


Come celebrate the future of jazz at our 8th Annual Next Generation Festival, March 30 – April 1, 2012 in downtown Monterey. Entries are now being accepted for our Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition, with top groups playing at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

Categories include Middle School, High School, and College Big Bands; High School and College Vocal Ensembles; High School Combos; Conglomerate Big Bands; and Open Combos, open to any combination of College and/or Conglomerate High School ensembles. High School composers can enter our Composition Competition, with the winning piece to be premiered at the Festival. And all student musicians are invited to audition for our Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, performing on a summer tour of Japan, and at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

Click here for more information and to download applications  for the Next Generation Jazz Festival.


The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival may be over, but you can relive the memories with our 2011 Merchandise online at the MJF Store! You can give the gift of jazz, while supporting our Jazz Education Programs!

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