In 2017, Monterey Jazz Festival is celebrating 60 years of producing one of the top international jazz festivals. In addition, the Festival has been providing high-quality music education since the beginning, creating opportunities for young musicians to work one-on-one with jazz legends, and putting instruments into the hands of students who are interested in exploring jazz.

The Monterey Jazz Festival ThinOPTICS Curated Collection benefits the Monterey Jazz Festival year-round jazz education programs. 20% of the net profit of your purchase will go to Monterey Jazz Festival's Jazz Education programs to directly benefit young students.

Some of the artists that have traveled through the Monterey Jazz Festival's Jazz education programs as teenagers include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Eric Marienthal, Ted Nash, and Dave Koz; trombonist Andy Martin, trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire, and big band leader Gordon Goodwin, to name a few.

MJF Alumni that are appearing at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival include:

  • Gerald Clayton, piano (Artist-in-Residence, Clayton- Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gerald Clayton Trio, Sonny Rollins Tribute
  • Joshua Redman, saxophone (Sonny Rollins Tribute)
  • Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra)
  • Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, flute (Common)
  • Tony Austin, drums (Miles Mosley)
  • Victor Gould, piano (Sean Jones) Marcus Gilmore, drums (Vijay Iyer)
  • Mike Mitchell, drums (Derrick Hodge)
  • Sammy Miller, drums (Sammy Miller & The Congregation)
  • Ben Flocks, saxophone (Sammy Miller & The Congregation)
  • Chase Morrin, piano (Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors)
  • Kanoa Mendenhall, bass (Andy Weis & The Monterey All-Stars)
  • Eddie Mendenhall, piano (Andy Weis & The Monterey All-Stars)

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