Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Lyons at MJF32, 1989 (c)MJF Archives / Bruce Talamon
By timOTHY ORR
October 21, 2017 • ABOVE: Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Lyons at the 32nd Monterey Jazz Festival in 1989.  ©Monterey Jazz Festival Archives/Bruce Talamon Among the jazz galaxy that has played the Monterey stages, Dizzy Gillespie is of Mount Rushmore status. —Willard Jenkins October 21 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. We wrote...
2017 60th Family Reunion(c)Jesse Burgess
By timOTHY ORR
October 18, 2017 • We haven’t posted in a while, but another Monterey Jazz Festival has come and gone in a whirlwind of activity. It’s a year’s worth of planning that culminates in a weekend that is exhilarating, exhausting, overwhelming…there are not enough words to describe how the process works to bring each festival to the public each year. But when we see...
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By timOTHY ORR
August 26, 2017 • ABOVE: Gerald Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton at the 47th Next Generation Jazz Festival on April 1, 2017. ©MJF/Nic Coury. There’s family that you are born into, and then there’s your "chosen" family – an aligning of core values, principals and camaraderie that every person will seemingly gravitate towards during the course of their lives...
Sonny Rollins ©Cole Thompson
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August 18, 2017 • Above: Sonny Rollins and Clifton Anderson at the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007. In celebration of MJF’s 60th Anniversary, we are proud to present an exclusive concert in tribute to the Colossus, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Now retired, Sonny is one of the last surviving "alumni" of the 1958 Festival, and has performed at MJF seven...
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June 27, 2017 • Above: Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy's Club-Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, June 25. ©Andrew Lepley Below: Tenor saxophonist Solomon Alber solos on Herbie Hancock's "Riot" at JALC. The 2017 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra is now on tour from June 24-29! Twenty of the best high school student musicians in the...