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Playlist of Monterey Jazz Festival

  • Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA


    How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin' performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking the festival's 60th anniversary.

    The end result is The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour. It's a band of six individually acclaimed performers from the next generation of stars: Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano and musical director; Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Jamison Ross, drums, vocals. The band toured through North America in March and April of 2019 and Jazz Night in America captured the band's stop at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which features original tunes from different members of the band with new accents from project collaborators. --COLIN MARSHALL


    This concert was recorded on March 15th, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    0:10 - Fog
    7:53 - Visions
    19:12 - Sack Full Of Dreams
    24:59 - Ghost Song
    29:21 - Yasugaloo
    39:15 - Splendor

    Cécile McLorin Salvant (voice)
    Bria Skonberg (trumpet, voice)
    Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone)
    Christian Sands (piano, musical director)
    Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
    Jamison Ross (drums, voice)



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  • Mary Lou Williams Tribute at 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival with Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge


    Allison Miller & Derrick Hodge Present Soul on Soul: A Tribute to Mary Lou Williams

    2019 Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-in-Residence Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge kicked off the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival with a tribute to the pioneering pianist, composer, arranger, educator, and humanitarian Mary Lou Williams, with an all-star cast of musicians. This performance took place on September 27, 2019.

    62nd Monterey Jazz Festival
    September 27, 29, 2019
    Monterey, CA
    Jimmy Lyons Stage / Arena

    Shamie Royston, Carmen Staaf, piano
    Derrick Hodge, bass
    Allison Miller, drums
    Jean Baylor, Johnaye Kendrick, Michael Mayo, vocals

    Photo: ©2019 Fred Arellano

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  • Justin Tyson drums w Herbie Hancock @ Monterey Jazz fest 2021


  • Monterey Jazz Festival 1963 - Miles Davis


    Recorded live at Monterey Jazz Festival, CA, Sep.20, 1963
    00:00 01 Autumn Leaves
    11:31 02 So What
    22:51 03 Stella By Starlight
    37:27 04 Walkin'
    50:16 05 The Theme

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  • Chad LB Outro Solo with Chris Botti at Monterey Jazz Festival


    Chad LB Solo on the outro of “The Wee Small Hours of the Morning” with Chris Botti at Monterey Jazz Festival

    Chad LB plays Nexus Saxophones, Mouthpieces and Reeds. For more information upon release, visit

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    Chad LB: Saxophone
    Chris Botti: Trumpet
    Leo Amuedo: Guitar
    Holger Marjamaa: Piano
    Reggie Hamilton: Bass
    Lee Pearson: Drums

    Tour dates:

    Video by Monterey Jazz Festival

    Hailed as a “Sax Phenom” by the New York Daily News, Chad LB has toured globally as a bandleader, and with superstars ranging from Chris Botti to Taylor Swift. He has been a featured soloist with premiere ensembles like the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and he was formerly a prominent member of the multi GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. At only 29-years-old, Chad has now become one of the first jazz headliners of his generation, amassing a loyal social media fanbase of 100,000 followers across platforms. Despite his demanding tour schedule, Chad continues to be a visiting artist at the renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he gives monthly masterclasses during the scholastic year.

  • Charles Lloyd Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival - Forest Flower, Sunrise-Sunset


    Charles Lloyd Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival - Forest Flower, Sunrise-Sunset (1966)

    Personnel: Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Keith Jarrett (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)

    from the album 'FOREST FLOWER' (Atlantic Records)

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  • Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy--Monterey Jazz Festival--9/18/16--Home At Last


    Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey CA on 9/18/16. They played on the Garden Stage.
    Randy Brecker on trumpet and Tony Lindsay on vocals
    Song: Home At Last (Steely Dan cover).
    This band does all Steely Dan covers and play frequently at Yoshi's in San Francisco.

  • Thelonious Monk - Live At Monterey Jazz Festival 1963 DAY 1


    Thelonious Monk Quartet
    Monterey Jazz Festival, California 09/21/63

    Charlie Rouse (ts)
    Thelonious Monk (p)
    Edward Butch Warren (b)
    Frankie Dunlop (d)

    I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
    Well You Needn't
    Light Blue
    Criss Cross

  • Chad LB at Monterey Jazz Festival w/ Next Generation Jazz Orchestra


    Chad LB (18 Years Old) at Monterey Jazz Festival w/ Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

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    Chad LB plays Nexus Saxophones, Mouthpieces and Reeds. For more information upon release, visit

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    Tour dates:

    Chad LB is an international recording artist who has toured globally as a bandleader, and with superstars ranging from Chris Botti to Taylor Swift. He has been a featured soloist with premiere ensembles like the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and was formerly a member of the multi GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Despite his demanding tour schedule, Chad is on faculty as a visiting artist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their new Roots, Jazz and American Music degree program.

    #Jazz #Montereyjazzfestival #Jazzmusic

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  • Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio at Monterey Jazz Fest


    Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio plays M&M at Monterey Jazz Fest on Sept. 19, 2014

  • Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Project


    In 2017, Monterey Jazz Festival produced a series of short videos to celebrate the legacy and commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Festival. This is the final version of this project, which includes all the video segments edited together. Thank you to everyone on Kickstarter who supported this project and to Cal Humanities.

  • 64th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 24-26, 2021



    Monterey Jazz Festival 64 is returning to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, September 24-26, 2021!

    The 64th Monterey Jazz Festival features a multiple GRAMMY-Award winning lineup including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, Pat Metheny Side-Eye, Ledisi, Christian Sands Group, Kandace Springs, Las Cafeteras, Miho Hazama and m_unit, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton, Immanuel Wilkins, Giveton Gelin, Mimi Fox Organ Trio and the Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo directed by Katie Thiroux.

    “We’re back! MJF returns with a nicely curated lineup of fresh and familiar faces, including a new commission by Miho Hazama, a performance by our Artist-in-Residence Christian Sands, and the debut of our 2021 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton.”
    - Tim Jackson, Artistic Director

  • Jazz Festival Monterey 1975


    All Stars parade at Monterey Jazz Festival in 1975...!
    ********** with **********
    Dizzy Gillespie,
    Chuck Mangione,
    Blood Sweat & Tears,
    Paul Desmond,
    Bill Evans,
    Etta McJames,
    ...and many more.


  • 2021 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at MJF64


    0:00 Introduction by Tim Jackson and Laura Zehm
    2:03 Don’t Get Sassy (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis)
    9:05 Tshepiso (Roy Hargrove, arr. Gerald Clayton)
    16:34 Introduction by Gerald Clayton
    17:38 Waltz for Debby (Bill Evans, arr. Don Sebesky)
    22:48 Intro by Gerald Clayton
    23:36 I’m Beginning to See the Light w/Ellah Brown, vocal (Count Basie, arr. Quincy Jones)
    28:50 A River's Invitation w/Ellah Brown, vocal (Barbara Morrison, arr. John Clayton)
    33:36 Band introductions by Gerald Clayton
    36:14 The Eternal Triangle w/Immanuel Wilkins (Sonny Stitt)
    43:25 Gerald Clayton introduces Christian Sands
    44:20 For All We Know w/Christian Sands (J. Fred Coots, arr. John Clayton)
    50:31 Introduction by Gerald Clayton
    51:16 Moanin’ (Charles Mingus)
    1:01:45 Tim Jackson, Carsbia Anderson, Colleen Bailey and Congressman Jimmy Panetta present Congressional Certificates of Recognition to Gerald Clayton and Katie Thiroux

    Gerald Clayton, Director
    With special guests Christian Sands & Immanuel Wilkins
    Recorded September 26, 2021 on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the 64th Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif.

    Brandon Suarez, alto saxophone / Gulliver Preparatory, Miami, Fla.
    Kevin Brewster, alto saxophone / East Kentwood High School, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Nick Caldwell, tenor saxophone** / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, Calif.
    Zeb J-A, tenor saxophone / Durham Academy, Durham, N.C.
    Noa Zebley, baritone saxophone / Northgate High School, Concord, Calif.

    Andre Perlman, New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
    Andrew Zhang, Lakeside School, Sammamish, Wash.
    Bruno Tzinas, New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
    Chase Bautista, bass / Prospect High School, San Jose, Calif.

    Santana Rojas, lead / Pebble Hills High School, El Paso, Texas
    Cameron Davidson / Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, Ariz.
    Jack Towse / Friends Academy, Huntington, N.Y.
    Skylar Tang, solo chair / Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, Calif.
    Lóren Littlejohn / Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    Brandon Goldberg, piano / Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    John Murray, bass / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, Calif.
    Colman Burks, drums / Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas
    Blake Slaughter, guitar / Fine Arts Center, Greenville, S.C.
    Ellah Brown, vocal / Rutherford High School, Rutherford, N.J.
    Kobie Andrews, steel pan / College Park Academy, Springdale, Md.

    ** 2-year NGJO Member

  • 2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at MJF62


    0:00 Introduction
    01:10 “Blues in Hoss’ Flat” (composed and arranged by Frank Foster)
    10:06 “The Place I Call Home” – Gerald Wilson Award (composed and arranged by Bryce Hayashi)
    19:40 Almost Like Being In Love” (Lerner & Lowe; transcribed by Myles Collins)
    22:23 Even Though” (composed by Zion Dyson; arranged by Kyle Myers)
    30:40 “Pistachio” (composed and arranged by Drew Zaremba)
    41:20 Malaga” (composed by Allison Miller; arranged by Jeff Lederer)
    55:45 “Giant Steps” (composed by John Coltrane; arranged by George Stone)

    2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    Paul Contos, Director

    Veronica Leahy, alto / Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, N.C.
    Ian Munoz, alto** / New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
    Daiki Nakajima, tenor / Prospect High School, Saratoga, Calif.
    Makoto Yorihiro, tenor / Century Academy High School, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    Dylan McHann, tenor / Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, Fla.
    Jason Arkins, baritone** / Carmel High School, Carmel Hamlet, N.Y.

    Summer Camargo, split lead / Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Grady Flamm, split lead / Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, Calif.
    Ethan Pires / Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, Calif.
    Kellin Hanas / Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, Ill.
    Ethan Avery** / Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.

    Ilai Macaggi / Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nev.
    Leo Markel*** / Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
    Benjamin Conn** / Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, Calif.
    Sam Keedy** / Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colo.
    Joe Turgeon** (bass) / Jesuit High School, Sacramento, Calif.

    Esteban Castro, piano / Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, N.J.
    Serena Geroe, guitar / Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, Calif.
    Jayla Chee, bass / Carlmont High School, Belmont, Calif.
    Peter Glynn, drums** / Columbia High School, Maplewood, N.J.
    Zion Dyson, vocal / The Bishop's School, San Diego, Calif.

    ** 2-year NGJO Member
    *** 3-year NGJO Member

  • Play misty for me - Monterey jazz festival


    Fint Eastwood

  • Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All Stars 9/23/07


    Terence Blanchard - Trumpet
    James Moody - Tenor Sax, Vocals
    Nnenna Freelon - Vocals
    Benny Green - Piano
    Derrick Hodge - Bass
    Kendrick Scott - Drums

    Highlights at the 50th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Monterey, CA. 9/23/2007

  • 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival


    2010 Monterey Jazz Festival

  • 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival


    0:00 Intro
    0:31 Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
    10:19 Something's Coming
    17:27 Jazz Crimes
    24:44 You'll Never Know with Richard Saunders
    31:31 40 Days and 40 Nights
    37:47 Presentation of Gerald Wilson Award to Sean Richey
    41:33 Shade of the Cedar Tree with CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
    50:38 You Can't Take That Away From Me with Richard Saunders & CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
    57:38 Limehouse Blues

    PAUL CONTOS, conductor
    51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
    September 21, 2008, Jimmy Lyons Stage


    EMMANUEL ROJAS, bass trombone

    JOHN PALOWITCH, alto saxophone
    HAILEY NISWANGER, alto saxophone
    ADAM LARSON, tenor saxophone
    CHAD LEFKOWITZ-BROWN, tenor saxophone
    OWEN BRODER, baritone saxophone

    EMMET COHEN, piano
    ARMAND HIRSCH, guitar
    MIKE GURROLA, bass
    DANIEL NADEAU, drums

    with CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, 2008 Artist-in-Residence, bass

  • Billie Holiday at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival


    Nigel1034 would like to present to you the very first The Billie Holiday Experience video/series!

    Part one. Note the never before seen color photographs taken in 1949!

    This video is about Billie Holiday at the very first Monterey Jazz Festival in October of 1958. Louis Armstrong was also featured at the first Monterey Jazz Festival.

    Songs featured:
    Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
    Willow Weep For Me
    When Your Love Has Gone
    God Bless the Child

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  • 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 15-17, 2017!


    Visit our website for the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival lineup!
    September 15-17, 2017 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
    Tickets on sale now at

  • Virtual Monterey Jazz Festival 63


    Virtual MJF63 September 25-27, 2020! Join us on our YouTube Channel for FREE each day from 5-7pm PST.

    Featuring Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones tribute, Dave Brubeck and Valerie Simpson, Dianne Reeves, and many others including archival never-before-seen footage!

  • The Monterey Jazz Festival and Texas Southern University Partnership


  • The KJAZ Festival Network at Monterey Jazz Festival 1991


    The documentary “The KJAZ Festival Network at Monterey 1991” was produced in 1992 by the San Francisco Bay Area radio station KJAZ 92.7 FM, which was on the air from 1959-1994. The documentary covers the radio broadcast logistics and the atmosphere of the festival, with interviews and commentary from KJAZ staff Stan Dunn, Greg Bridges, Bud Spangler, Tim Hodges, and Bob Parlocha, as well as MJF General Manager Tim Jackson, MJF Board President Myron “Doc” Etienne, and performer Ruth Brown.

    The KJAZ Festival Network at Monterey 1991
    Produced by KJAZ and Merrill Video, Palo Alto
    Photographed by Giuseppe Saitta
    Narrated by Jerry Dean
    “One for Monterey” performed by Rebecca Parris
    ©1992 / From the Monterey Jazz Festival Archives

  • For All We Know // Dave Brubeck Quartet, live at Monterey Jazz Festival


    Recorded at the first Monterey Jazz Festival on 3 October, 1958, this rather rare and unfortunately hard to find performance is legendary. Listen and discover why.
    Dave Brubeck- Piano
    Paul Desmond- Alto Sax
    Eugene Wright- Bass
    Joe Morello- Drums

  • Monterey Jazz Festival kicks off three day musical weekend


    64 Annual @montereyjazzfestival kicked off this weekend with a sold out crowd. Jonah Baker @JonahJBaker talked to some festival goers as they walked in.

  • 2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra - Performing Trapezio - 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival


    Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to present our 2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra performing, Trapezio. An original composition, arranged by @GeraldClayton and composed by Roy Hargrove for the Roy Hargrove Big Band.

    Learn more about our education initiatives and donate to the Monterey Jazz Festival!

  • 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at 59th Monterey Jazz Festival


    Recorded on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18, 2016.

    0:00 Introduction by Tim Jackson
    01:43 “Mean Uncle Jelly Bags” (comp./arr. by Dave Richards)
    11:22 “Stardust” (comp. by Hoagy Carmichael; arr. by Tommy Newsom)
    17:36 “Cheek to Cheek” (comp. by Irving Berlin; original arr. by Paul Weston; transcribed and adapted by Myles Collins)
    21:27 “Skylark” (comp. by Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer; arr. by Peter Martin)
    26:49 “Omnibus” (comp./arr. by Luca Mendoza) Gerald Wilson Award Winner
    32:38 Presentation of Gerald Wilson Award
    34:07 “Land of Oak” (comp./arr. by Bob Mintzer) w/Artist-In-Residence Terri Lyne Carrington
    46:38 “Manteca” (comp. by Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Gil Fuller; arr. by Quincy Jones) w/Artist-In-Residence Terri Lyne Carrington and special guest Elena Pinderhughes

    2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    Paul Contos, Director
    Matt Richards, alto / Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek, CA
    Aviv Blum, alto / Sudbury Democratic School, Jerusalem, Israel
    Morgan Guerin** tenor / Westlake High High School, Atlanta, GA
    Michael Schwartz, tenor / Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
    Adam Band, baritone / Bullard High School, Fresno, CA

    Ian Kaufman / Mt. Carmel High School, San Diego, CA
    Jasim Perales** / Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
    Ethan Santos** / Buchanan High School, Fresno, CA
    Jack Kotze / Lincoln-Way North High School, Frankfort, IL
    Joshua Hernandez (bass) / J. M. Hanks High School, El Paso, TX

    Carlos Ramos** (lead) / Downey High School, Downey, CA
    Erik Ondrejko (asst. lead) / Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO
    Geoff Gallante / West Potomac High School, Alexandria, VA
    Evan Abounassar** / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Akili Bradley / California Virtual Academies, Seaside, CA

    Luca Mendoza, piano / Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA
    Isaac de Vera, guitar / Monterey High School, Monterey, CA
    Max Schwartz, bass / Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
    Julius Rodriguez, drums / The Masters School, White Plains, NY
    Benjamin Ring, drums / Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA
    Abigail Berry, vocals / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

    ** 2-year NGJO member

  • Sarah Vaughan - Live At The 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival .


    Sarah Vaughan was approximately three decades into her career when she stepped onto the stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1971 and still at the top of her game. Her voice swoops, sways and swings; it's a veritable roller coaster of pitch, tone and tempo, and Vaughan is in complete control of her instrument at all times. The voice is weightier than it was during her early days, but having recently taken a few years off from recording it was primed and ready for the remarkable push Vaughan was prepared to give it. Backed by the very capable trio of Bill Mays on piano (Vaughan introduces him as Willie Mays), Bob Magnusson on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, Vaughan wastes no time showing why she always appears on the short list of jazz's greatest singers: On I Remember You she takes command of the rhythm and bends it to her will; it's impossible not to fall within her spell instantaneously. Vaughan must know she's on a roll because midway through the song she lets out a Whoo! that one might expect to hear from an audience member rather than the singer herself. There Will Never Be Another You, taken at a breakneck pace, gives the band ample opportunity to blow, and Vaughan stays just far enough ahead to lead the way -- at times it sounds as if she will leave them in the dust, but she never does; chaos is averted and something wholly exhausting but satisfying emerges. She follows that up with a gender-altered revisit to the Beatles' And I Love Her (retitled here And I Love Him for obvious reasons) that transforms it into a loosey-goosey blues that gives the singer enough breathing room to toy with the lyric in ways Paul McCartney could not have imagined. For the last two tracks, Vaughan is joined by a true all-star cast of horn players (Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Bill Harris and Zoot Sims), plus Louie Bellson on drums, Mundell Lowe on guitar and John Lewis on piano. Vaughan's role during the ensuing jam is primarily as scatter, but it's hard to imagine that any listener is going to complain that she takes a back seat after having experienced such a top-notch performance...(AllMusic)
    01.I Remember You (J.Mercer/V.Schertzinger)...(00:00)
    02.The Lamp Is Low (P.DeRose/M.Parish/M.Ravel/B.Shefter)...(05:00)
    03.'Round Midnight (B.Hanighen/T.Monk/C.Williams)...(06:49)
    04.There Will Never Be Another You (M.Gordon/H.Warren)...(12:15)
    05.And I Love Him (J.Lennon/P.McCartney)...(13:56)
    06.Scattin' The Blues ()...(18:29)
    07.Tenderly (W.Gross/J.Lawrence.)...(23:31)
    08. A Monterey Jam...(26:32)
    09.A Monterey Jam (Encore)...(41:10).
    1.Sarah Vaughan - vocal
    2.Bill Mays- piano
    3.Bob Magnusson - bass
    4.Jimmy Cobb - drums.
    1.Sarah Vaughan - vocal
    2.Clark Terry - flugelhorn,vocal tr.10
    3.Bill Harris - trombone
    4.Roy Eldridge - trumpet
    5.Eddie Lockjaw Davis - tenor sax
    6.Zoot Sims - tenor sax
    7.Benny Carter - alto sax
    8.John Lewis - piano
    9.Mundell Lowe - guitar
    10.Louie Bellson - drums.
    Recorded:live at the Monterey Jazz Festival;September 19, 1971.
    Label: Monterey Jazz Festival Records – 0888072303515.

  • Monsieur Periné @ Monterey Jazz Festival 2017


  • Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour! Kurt Elling & Regina Carter, When I Grow Too Old to Dream


    The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: a nationwide, thirty-four date, six-week tour of the MJF/52 All-Stars. Traveling through thirty-two cities in seventeen states, the band features the nine-time Grammy-nominated and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano; Grammy-nominated violinist Regina Carter; Grammy-winning guitarist Russell Malone; eight-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Kurt Elling; bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and Grammy-nominated drummer Johnathan Blake.

    The East Coast run will visit eleven states starting on February 5, 2010 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and will finish on February 28 at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The second leg of the tour begins on the West Coast in Bellingham, Washington on April 14, 2010, and continues with an additional fourteen dates in six states, ending in Detroit, Michigan, on May 1, 2010. See for details and ticket information. (c) 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival. Filmed 9/18/09 on the Monterey Jazz Festival's Jimmy Lyons Arena Stage.

  • Elevations - HeartlE.S.S. - 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival


    Elevations performing at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival 2012.

    Benny Benack III - Trumpet
    Michael Stephenson - Tenor Sax
    Brett Williams - Piano
    Anton DeFade - Upright Bass
    George Heid III - Drums

  • Lizz Wright at Monterey Jazz Festival 2015


    The SmoothTravel Crew celebrates fall on the Monterey Bay at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running Jazz Fest in the World featuring Concord Music Group recording artist LIZZ WRIGHT.

  • One by One Monterey Jazz Fest 2017


    Music by Wayne Shorter, lyric by Barry Warren
    recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 2017
    Andy Weis and the Monterey All-Stars: Andy Weis, drums; Gary Meek, tenor sax; Dave Hoffman, trumpet; Steve Wilson, trombone;
    Kanoa Mendenhall, bass; Eddie Mendenhall, piano; Scotty Wright, voice.

  • Tim Jackson on taking over the Monterey Jazz Festival


    Kuumbwa Jazz Center founder Tim Jackson talks about following Jimmy Lyons as director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

  • Monterey jazz festival all stars 1975 / point of view


    A compelling performance, Monterey main stage 1975 just tearing it up!!!

    John Lewis (p)
    sfwen Ossmusin (V)
    Hubert Laws (f)
    Richard Davis (b)
    Mundell Lowe (g)
    Roy Burns (d)

    (Intended as an artist homage)
    Not for publication or reprint / with respect to Monterey jazz festival archival footage holdings, John Lewis estate, Mundell Lowe music (R)

  • Davina & the Vagabonds at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival


    Davina and the Vagabonds made their Monterey Jazz Festival debut in 2013 on the Garden Stage on the Grounds. In 2014 and 2016, they were invited back to perform in the Main Arena on the Jimmy Lyons Stage. They were the opening act for the Arena's Saturday afternoon show, and were followed by Booker T. Jones and Gary Clark Jr.

    57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
    Monterey, California
    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Jimmy Lyons Stage / Arena

    Davina Sowers, piano, vocal
    Dan Eikmeier, trumpet, vocal
    Ben Link, trombone, vocal
    Andrew Burns, sousaphone, bass
    Connor McRae, drums

    Photo: ©2014 Monterey Jazz Festival / Craig Lovell

  • Bill Evans - Up with the lark - Monterey Jazz Festival 1975


    Bill Evans Monterey Jazz Festival 1975 (?)
    plays the Jerome Kern¨s song - Up with the lark
    with Eddie Gomez (bass)

  • Guitarsonists--Chris Cain--Monterey Jazz Festival--9/17/16--Meanest Woman In Town


    The Guitarsonists at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey CA on 9/17/16 playing Chris Cains song:
    Meanest Woman In Town.
    The other guitarists are Daniel Castro and Mike Schermer
    They played on the Garden Stage.

  • Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary in 2013!


    Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary Band:
    Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals
    Christian McBride, bass, musical director
    Benny Green, piano
    Lewis Nash, drums
    Chris Potter, saxophone
    Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet

    Filthy McNasty by Horace Silver
    Recorded at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 23, 2012

    47-Show Tour Kicks Off January 10, 2012 in Santa Cruz, California, continues through 40 cities in 22 states through April 28.

    TOUR SCHEDULE (Begins January, 2013)

    01/10/13 Santa Cruz, CA / Kuumbwa Jazz Center

    01/11/13 Eugene, OR / Hult Center for the Performing Arts

    01/13/13 Costa Mesa, CA / Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    01/15/13 Santa Barbara, CA / Lobero Theater

    01/18/13 Davis, CA / Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

    01/19/13 Berkeley, CA / Cal Performances - Zellerbach Hall

    01/20/13 Calgary, AB / Epcor Center for the Performing Arts

    01/22/13 Seattle, WA / Seattle Symphony / Benaroya Hall

    01/23/13 Northridge, CA / Valley Performing Arts Center - CSU Northridge

    01/25/13 Nashville, TN / Nashville Symphony

    01/26/13 Durham, NC / Carolina Theatre

    01/27/13 Newport News, VA / Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center

    01/31/13 Boston, MA / Celebrity Series of Boston - Berklee Performance Center

    02/01/13 Washington, DC / Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater (2 sets)

    02/02/13 Philadelphia, PA / Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - Merriam Theater

    02/03/13 Princeton, NJ / McCarter Theatre Center - Matthews Theatre

    03/20/13 East Lansing, MI / Wharton Center for the Performing Arts - Cobb Great Hall

    03/21/13 Traverse City, MI / City Opera House

    03/22/13 Chicago, IL / Chicago Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

    03/23/13 Kansas City, MO / American Jazz Museum / Gem Theater

    03/24/13 Baton Rouge, LA / Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts (2 shows)

    03/26/13 Indianapolis, IN / Madame Walker Theatre Center

    03/27/13 Champaign, IL / Krannert Center - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    03/28/13 Detroit, MI / Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall

    03/29/13 Columbus, OH / Lincoln Theatre

    03/30/13 Morristown, NJ / Community Theatre at Mayo Center - MainStage

    04/02/13 New York, NY / Blue Note
    04/03/13 New York, NY / Blue Note
    04/04/13 New York, NY / Blue Note
    04/05/13 New York, NY / Blue Note
    04/06/13 New York, NY / Blue Note
    04/07/13 New York, NY / Blue Note

    04/11/13 West Palm Beach, FL /Raymond F. Kravis Center - Dreyfoos Hall

    04/12/13 Gainesville, FL / Phillips Center for Performing Arts - University of Florida

    04/13/13 Tampa, FL / David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts - Ferguson Hall

    04/14/13 Naples, FL / Philharmonic Center for the Arts - Hayes Hall

    04/18/13 Columbia. MO / Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

    04/19/13 St. Louis, MO / Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

    04/20/12 Fayetteville, AR / Walton Arts Center - Baum Walker Hall

    04/21/13 Germantown, TN / Germantown Performing Arts Centre - MainStage

    04/25/13 Santa Fe, NM / Lensic Performing Arts Center

    04/26/13 Mesa, AZ / Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater

    04/27/13 Salt Lake City, UT / JazzSLC at the Capitol Theatre

    04/28/13 Anchorage, AK / Alaska Center for the Performing Arts - Atwood Concert Hall

  • 2009 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival


    2009 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at MJF52
    September 20, 2009, Jimmy Lyons Stage
    Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, Calif.

    0:00 Intro
    1:30 Juba
    9:35 Friday Night At The Cadillac Club
    19:10 I Thought About You
    25:50 Don't Worry About Me
    29:45 Just Friends
    39:44 Fly with WYNTON MARSALIS
    49:50 Presentation of Gerald Wilson Award to Andy Clausen with GERALD WILSON
    52:00 Tutti For Cootie with WYNTON MARSALIS
    57:31 Better Git Hit In Your Soul with WYNTON MARSALIS

    2009 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    Directed by Paul Contos

    Andrew Olson, alto / Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OR
    Patrick Sargent, alto / American Music Program, Portland, OR
    Paul-Eirik Melhus, tenor / Ironwood High School, Glendale, AZ
    Maximillian Zooi, tenor / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Nicole Glover, baritone / American Music Program, Portland, OR

    Jon Hatamiya / Davis Senior High School, Davis, CA
    John Egizi** / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Kyle Molitor / American Music Program, Portland, OR
    Christopher Kennedy / Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson, AZ
    Emmanuel Rojas (bass)** / Warren High School, Downey, CA

    Joshua Gawel / Daniel Boone Area High School, Birdsboro, PA
    Nick Frenay*** / Manlius Pebble Hill School, DeWitt, NY
    Cody Rowlands / Deer Valley High School, Glendale, AZ
    Ben Benack III / Upper St. Claire High School, Pittsburgh, PA
    Zachary Gillespie / Ironwood High School, Glendale, AZ

    Gregory Chen, piano / Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA
    Mike Gurrola, bass** / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Adam Moezinia, guitar / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Jimmy Macbride, drums** / Hall High School, West Hartford, CT
    Sammy Miller, drums / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    Ben Lusher, vocals / The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY

    with WYNTON MARSALIS, Artist-In Residence

    ** 2-time member of NGJO
    *** 3-time member of NGJO

  • Snarky Puppy performs at Monterey Jazz Festival 2015


    The SmoothTravel Crew celebrates fall on the Monterey Bay at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running Jazz Fest in the World featuring the jazz . funk . world . soul . pop of the truly innovative Brookly NY band SNARKY PUPPY -

  • Mr Sipp @ Monterey Jazz Festival 2017


  • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra 2011 - Cheek to Cheek at Monterey Jazz Festival


    Vocalist: Hope Flores

    Alto Sax:
    Patrick Bartley
    Julian Lee

    Tenor Sax:
    Rane Roatta
    Rob Sheppard

    Bari Sax:
    Connor Anderson

    Kyle Molitor
    St. Clair Simmons
    Joonas Lemetyinen
    Calvin Barthel
    Chris Palowitch (Bass)

    Christian Marrero
    Enrique Sanchez
    Adam O'Farrill
    Josh Shpak
    Tree Palmedo

    Guitar: Kai Devitt-Lee
    Piano: Chase Morrin
    Bass: Daryl Johns
    Drums: Kevin Mixon, Jr.

  • Monterey Jazz Festival at 60: Patrons and fans of the Festival


    Some people have been coming to the Monterey Jazz Festival and supporting jazz education for decades. Here is a look at a few members of our extended family as they discuss what keeps them coming back.

  • Shiny Stockings - Harry James live at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival


    Shiny Stockings (live) - Harry James and His Orchestra, 1965
    Written by Frank Foster
    Arranged by Ernie Wilkins

    Recorded September 19, 1965 live at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California.
    That year the festival featured Harry James, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie in what was billed as the “The Trumpet Kings.”
    Released on Europa Jazz EJ-1041, LRC/Denon DC-8528 and LRC CDC-9010

    Probable personnel:
    Leader – Harry James
    Trumpet – Harry James, Nick Buono, Tom Porrello, Tony Scodwell, Rob Turk
    Trombone – Ray Sims, Joe Cadena
    Bass Trombone – Dave Wheeler
    Alto Saxophone – Joe Riggs, Bill Castell
    Tenor Saxophone – Corky Corcoran, Chick Carter
    Baritone Saxophone – Bob Achilles
    Piano – Jack Perciful
    Bass – Red Kelly
    Drums – Buddy Rich

    Excerpted from Chuck Par-Due’s YouTube video “Harry James & Buddy Rich- Sept 19, 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival

  • 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at 56th Monterey Jazz Festival


    0:00 Intro
    1:23 On the Sunny Side of the Street
    8:17 I Love You
    17:40 Ninjas Can't Catch You If You're On Fire
    26:00 Gerald Wilson Award Presentation to Nate Schwartz
    17:39 Out Of Nowhere with Brianna Rancour-Ibarra
    34:50 Streets of Naples with JOE LOVANO
    42:44 The Peacocks with Brianna Rancour-Ibarra & JOE LOVANO
    49:50 Bird's Eye View with JOE LOVANO

    directed by PAUL CONTOS
    with 2013 Artist-in-Residence, JOE LOVANO

    Recorded at the 56th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 22, 2013
    Jimmy Lyons Stage, Monterey, Calif.



    HOWARD DIETZ, alto saxophone
    SAM HART, alto saxophone
    JULIAN LEE, tenor saxophone
    JYRON WALLS, tenor saxophone
    HENRY SOLOMON, baritone saxophone

    DARYL JOHNS, bass

  • bola sete - live at monterey jazz festival 1966.


    three fabulous tracks from the brazilian guitarist bola sete played at the monterey jazz festival of 1966 his trio was : bola sete/sebastion neto & paulinho da costa...beautiful laid back samaba infused jazz that fits the afternoons atmosphere perfectly...starting out in rio playing small clubs he made his way over to europe mid '50's and when he returned to brazil after 4years he was quickly spotted by a someone involved with the sheraton hotel chain and taken to san francisco to play its hotel's...quickly making his mark on the local jazz community he joined the vince guaraldi trio for several years and great sucess with the albums they released but sete wanted a band of his own and so formed a trio in ' september '66 they were playing the monterey jazz festival to huge applause...the san francisco rock scene was happening and the group were booked into many of its ballrooms plus the many new clubs opening ...sharing the stages with 'quicksilver/the dead/the animals/country joe/paul butterrfield etc etc ... 'the tracks heard here from the festival are : manha de carnaval/ a felicidade / samba de album of the performance was released in '67 to great acclaim...i will be including more jazz as it was an important part of the new music coming out of the city in those golden days ...

  • Chester Thompson LIVE - Monterey Jazz Festival 55


    Filmed September 23, 2012 in Monterey, CA

  • Yoko Miwa Trio at Monterey Jazz Festival in Japan


    This is a clip from the Yoko Miwa Trio's performance at The Monterey Jazz Festival in Japan featuring Yoko Miwa on piano, Kendall Eddy on acoustic bass, Scott Goulding on drums.
    Since her arrival in the United States, Japanese improviser Yoko Miwa has earned a reputation for being one of the more lyrical, melodic and accessible pianists in the Jazz world. Miwa has been based in Boston since 1997 and has become a part of the city's thriving jazz scene with her trio, which has become a fixture at the city's top jazz venues and has been a house band at Ryles since 2002. Jazziz Magazine says Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet... she's a remarkably fluent mainstream player with a graceful touch and a self-assured notion of where each tune is headed
    Born in Kobe, Japan, she began studying classical piano at the age of four and went on to study with jazz organist/pianist Minoru Ozone (the father of the well known Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone). She loved classical music, but eventually, Jazz became her primary focus. She won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. After graduating from Berklee she became the personal accompanist for Grammy Award Winning Jazz Singer Kevin Mahogany while he lived in Boston. She has released four CDs on major labels in Japan and has become a critically acclaimed and internationally recognized touring and recording Jazz performer and educator. Her performance and recording credits include Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Hunt, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood, Johnathan Blake, and Mike Turk. In May 2001, Yoko was honored as a featured performer in Washington D.C. at The Kennedy Center's Mary Lou William's Women in Jazz Festival.
    The Yoko Miwa Trio has played live in the studio on  Eric in the Evening WGBH Jazz Radio Show with host Eric Jackson, was featured on the National Public Radio Show Jazz After Hours, and was interviewed live on the popular radio show Voice of America broadcast worldwide.
    Her recent debut at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston and The Philadelphia Museum of Art were both sold out concerts which followed a summer tour in Japan supporting her latest CD release: The Day We Said Good Bye.



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