Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, an All-Star jazz line up with Kenny Barron, piano; Regina Carter, violin; Kurt Elling, vocals; and Russell Malone, guitar, plays Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, February 14, at 7:00 pm, with Kioshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. The All-Star musicians who are touring the country reflect the spirit, history, artistic excellence, and sophisticated informality for which the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) has gained international fame.
All together, the members of the MJF All-Star group have performed at Monterey 25 times.
Tickets are $38. Order online at www.stallercenter.com or call the Box Office at 632-ARTS.
About the Monterey Jazz Festival
Held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the MJF began as a dream of a “sylvan setting” for live jazz for founder Jimmy Lyons and his co-founder and colleague, Ralph Gleason. The first annual MJF featured artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday. Since then, every third full weekend in September sees the same caliber of talent grace the now eight stages of the MJF for a three-day celebration of music, commissioned jazz compositions, in-depth conversations with artists, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds.
The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 17 through 19, 2010, and will feature the four-time Grammy®-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves as artist-in-residence.
As a nonprofit organization, the MJF now budgets more than $800,000 annually for jazz education. 2010 will mark the 40th anniversary of the high school big band competition—now called the Next Generation Festival—that draws thousands of the most talented young musicians from across the country and around the world to Monterey each spring.