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Sunday's Arena Shows Are Not to Be Missed!

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! 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. ESPERANZA SPALDING *
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! PAT METHENY UNITY BAND *
Pat’s second Arena performance of the weekend will feature his new Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams. Prepare yourself. MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR

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 tour in 2013!


* Exclusive Arena Performance!

Seven Grounds Stages = 36 Shows & Activities on Sunday!

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 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 Still Available for the 2012 Jazz Legends Gala, Honoring Jack DeJohnette, September 20!

The 5th Annual Jazz Legends Gala will honor legendary jazz drummer, composer, and 2012 NEA Jazz Master, Jack DeJohnette, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey on September 20, 2012. The evening includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, silent auction and entertainment from Monterey Jazz Festival's Artist-In-Residence, Ambrose Akinmusire and his Quintet. Hosting the Jazz Legends Gala is Monterey Jazz Festival Board Director, Clint Eastwood and his wife Dina.

Tickets are still available! Don’t miss this exclusive event!

To find out more information about the Gala, visit

RSVP by September 7 by calling 831.373.3366 or email

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! 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.)

Welcome Back to North Coast Brewing Company!

North Coast Brewing Company returns in 2012 as Official Beers of the Monterey Jazz Festival for their seventh year! You’ll find North Coast beers–Scrimshaw Pilsner, Red Seal Ale, and Brother Thelonious–at all Festival bars, and cool Brother Thelonious gear at the North Coast Brewing Company booth on the Midway. The brewery makes a donation to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for every glass of Brother Thelonious sold.

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!

The 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!

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