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Nearly 1500 people in 33 countries around the globe watched our Web stream of concerts, live from the Night Club! Over 1500 people downloaded the MJF55 App to their Smartphones! Stay tuned for more insights and artist additions from this year to the Digital Musical Education Project - download the App now to your iPhone or Android!

Many reviews and pictures of the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival are now on our Facebook page - and there are more to come!  Check them out and make your voice be heard!

"The 55th annual Monterey festival was a strong one, maybe most notable for its giving expression to a new generation of players. They may not be famous - yet. But they are coming into their prime and advancing this tradition."
- San Jose Mercury News

"Stylistically, fans feasted on everything from a lyrical festival commission by Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell to the finger-popping swing of Tony Bennett and Dee Dee Bridgewater." - Seattle Times

"[Gregory Porter] was a revelation, an inspiration and one of my favorite artists of the entire weekend." -

"[Tony Bennett] still has the volume, the chops, the exquisite phrasing, the charisma, and the heart to sing a big show in the open air before an adoring audience. When he stepped on stage, a woman beside me said, "I think I might cry," then did. He gave us 90 minutes of greatness."

"Randolph and his tight funky band ripped into a furious funk workout, "Work It to the Bone," to end their festival debut, one that will rank along with Trombone Shorty's two years ago as one of the most memorable in festival history."
- Monterey County Herald

"By the time [Trombone Shorty] was finished the audience didn't know which way was up, except for the screaming F-16 Thunderbirds that buzzed the arena a few times. ‘Can you feel it Monterey? Can you feel it?’ Well, if you couldn't, you were either a.) Not in the arena, or b.) Seriously in need of professional help.
- Monterey County Herald

"…the Monterey Jazz Festival is an Olympian feast, with just about everything you can imagine, from the blasting steel pedal of Robert Randolph to the nuanced guitar of Mimi Fox, the cult-like dominance of Trombone Shorty to the indomitable Tony Bennett." - International Review of Music

"…the most striking aspect was this year’s abundance of younger talent. The jazz mainstream spends a lot of time lionizing the past and fretting about the future, but this year’s festival felt like a passing of the torch — or perhaps more accurately, an embracing of today’s young artists as the continuation of the jazz tradition."

"…this festival, spread out over multiple stages on the Monterey County Fairgrounds over the third weekend of September, is an all-American and global treasure." - JazzTimes

"Doing the math, in fact, the very word "Monterey," as name, place, festival paradigm, have been integral to what jazz is about for roughly half its life so far."
- JazzTimes

"The arena hosted adoring audiences for one of the strongest bills of the jazz festival season. Tony Bennett proved once more that age is but a number."
- DownBeat

"Last month, DeJohnette turned 70, which seems impossible. I was seated in the front row; it was like tumbling through a jet-stream." - San Jose Mercury News


Mark your calendar now for the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20 - 22, 2013, featuring our Artist-In-Residence, saxophonist Joe Lovano! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for an announcement of the 2013 Commission Artist and Showcase Artist!


Come celebrate the future of jazz at our 9th Annual Next Generation Festival, April 5 – 7, 2013 in downtown Monterey. Entries are now being accepted for our Next Generation Jazz Festival Competition, with top groups playing at the 56th 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 Monterey Jazz Festival on September 22, 2013. All high school student musicians and solo jazz vocalists are invited to audition for our Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, performing on a summer tour, and at the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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


The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival may be over, but you can relive the memories with our 2012 Merchandise online at the Monterey Jazz Festival Store! You can give the gift of jazz, while supporting our Jazz Education Programs!


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