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Tim's Top 10!

Artistic Director Tim Jackson selects his “Top 10” acts that you shouldn’t miss at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival!
(in order of appearance) MELODY GARDOT
Friday Night, 9.21 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
Please welcome this exciting new vocalist to Monterey for her debut performance! AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUINTET
Friday Night, 9.21 / Dizzy’s Den
Our 2012 Artist-In-Residence and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra alumnus is not to be missed. GREGORY PORTER
Friday Night, 9.21 / Bill Berry Stage / Nightclub
Another Monterey Jazz Festival debut…Check out what all the fuss is about. ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
Saturday Afternoon, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage + Garden Stage
You’ve never heard the pedal steel guitar played like this!

The Music of Glen Deven Ranch
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage
Our 2012 MJF commission is inspired by the grandeur of Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur with Bill’s combined 858 Quartet and Beautiful Dreamers Trio! JACK DEJOHNETTE SPECIAL TRIO WITH PAT METHENY & CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Jimmy Lyons Stage

Help this National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master celebrate his 70th birthday, with guitar legend Pat Metheny! MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR
Saturday Night, 9.22 / Dizzy’s Den + Sunday Night, 9.23 / Jimmy Lyons Stage

Witness the live debut of our 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour ensemble as they warm up for a 50-city tour starting in January. JOSE JAMES
Sunday Afternoon, 9.23 / Garden Stage
A great young vocalist who combines jazz, hip hop and neo-soul. TIGRAN HAMASYAN TRIO
Sunday Night, 9.23 / Coffee House Gallery

This young Armenian pianist is really being noticed on the international jazz scene. NINETY MILES
Sunday Night, 9.23 / Dizzy’s Den

Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sánchez. Need I say more?   

Parking Still Available on the Fairgrounds!

You can still park your car on-site at the Monterey County Fairgrounds off Garden Road, close to the Gate 3! One parking ticket will be issued for each vehicle for each day purchased and includes one space for the day with in/out parking privileges. Limited availability. Single Day pricing is $20 for Friday, and $35 for Saturday or Sunday. Call 888.248.6499 for more details!

Add a Premier Access Pass to Your Weekend!

The Premier Access Club, located in the center of the Festival, offers a special place for VIPs! Enjoy closed-circuit Arena simulcasts, visits by Festival artists, a no-host bar, private restrooms, a special gate entry into the Fairgrounds, a gift bag, exclusive performances, and more! Only $65 for Friday, $100 for Saturday or Sunday! (Arena or Grounds Ticket Purchase required.)

Monterey County High School Honor Bands Perform at Jazz on the Plazz, 8.22 and at the Sand City West End Celebration, 8.24!

C:\Documents and Settings\Timothy Orr\Desktop\west end.jpgCome see Monterey’s Jazz Education Programs in action! The Monterey County High School All-Star Band will perform for free at Jazz on the Plazz on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00pm in Los Gatos, and at the 11th Annual Sand City West End Celebration on Friday, August 24 at 7:00pm -- a fundraiser for two very special Sand City residents, Susan Collins and Matthew Pierce, who are battling cancer.

$20 advance tickets for the West End Celebration are available at Sweet Elena’s Bakery and Post No Bills in Sand City; Do Re Mi Music in Carmel, at Sand City Hall, and online at Call 831.372.1955 for more information!

Sunday 9.23 is Family Day!

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!

Families can also take advantage of the 4-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. Kids under two are free! Plus, the family can roam, play, picnic, and enjoy an international shopping bazaar and a tempting array of food and beverages from all around the world on the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds!

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