California Festivals

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 21-23, 2018

500 artists + 100+ shows, multiple stages

Monterey County Fairgrounds
Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way
Monterey, CA

There's no other jazz festival in the world like Monterey Jazz Festival, which is 59 years strong -- but who's counting? While clothing styles and beverage preferences have changed there are many aspects of jazz music that remain and are categorized as Classics! If you're into both cutting edge and Classics, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the one event you should miss.

2018 Entertainment

 September 21, 2018
Wynton Marsalis Spaces with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Lil Buck and Jared Grimes
Dianne Reeves
Tia Fuller & Ingrid Jensen Tribute to Geri Allen
The Fierce Nurturer: Life of a Song Through Spirit
With Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Shamie Royston,
Maurice Chestnut, DJ Val, and Robert Hurst
Christian McBride Trio with Benny Green & Greg Hutchinson
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Cameron Graves
Jane Ira Bloom
Adam Rogers & Dice
Tammy L. Hall Peace-tet with Special Guest Kim Nalley
Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara
Hristo Vitchev Quartet
Lisa Mezzacappa's avantNOIR
Anastassiya Petrova Organ Quartet, from Berklee College of Music

September 22, 2018
Oscar Hernandez & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra with  Hubert Laws
Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers
Thornetta Davis
Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings
Christian McBride, Benny Green, Greg Hutchinson
John Clayton, John Patitucci and Dianne Reeves
Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana,
Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross
Lean on Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers
Donny McCaslin Group
Dave Grusin Solo piano
Ingrid & Christine Jensen Infinitude
Fred Hersch Solo, Duo (with Jane Ira Bloom), Trio
Tia Fuller Quartet
No BS! Brass Band
Mwenso & the Shakes
Thornetta Davis Detroit's Queen of the Blues
Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
John Santos Sextet Unusual Standards with Kenny Washington & Destani Wolf
Jamie Baum Septet
The Baylor Project
Kristen Strom The Music of John Shifflett
32nd Street Brass Band from the US Navy
Anastassiya Petrova Organ Quartet, from Berklee College of Music​
Akili & Ayana Bradley Quinte​t
Conversation with Dianne Reeves
Conversation with Dave Grusin
Top bands from the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival:
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts Combo
Colburn Jazz Workshop Thursday Night Band
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band
Western Michigan University Gold Company
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors Trio​

September 23, 2018
Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams
From the Delta to the Desert, a World Music Supergroup
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with Tia Fuller & Ingrid Jensen
Norah Jones with Brian Blade & Chris Thomas
Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Gil Goldstein,
Adam Rogers, John Patitucci, Antonio Sanchez
Anat Cohen Tentet
Dianne Reeves
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: CÚcile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana,
Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross
Joey DeFrancesco & the People
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Bobby Floyd Trio
Bill Frisell Trio
Veronica Swift
Julian Lage Trio
Katie Thiroux Trio
Will Vinson
Gabriel Royal
Gary Meek Quartet
Aya Takazawa Quintet
DownBeat Blindfold Test with John Clayton
A Conversation about Michael Brecker
MJF Monterey County High School All-Star Band
MJF Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Top Bands from the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival:
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I
University of Denver Lamont Jazz Orchestra
Valencia High School Two N' Four
Folsom High School Jazz Choir I
El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble
Downey High School Jazz Band I
Northgate High School Jazz Band I
Two Trains Runnin'

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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