Monterey Jazz Festival

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Monterey Jazz Festival
MJAP07.jpg
50th Golden Celebration Poster (2007)
GenreJazz, blues, rock
DatesThird weekend in September
Location(s)Monterey, California,
CoordinatesCoordinates: 36°35′40″N 121°51′46″W / 36.59444°N 121.86278°W / 36.59444; -121.86278
Years active1958–present
Websitemontereyjazzfestival.org

The Monterey Jazz Festival is an annual music festival in Monterey, California that was founded on October 3, 1958 by jazz disc jockey Jimmy Lyons.[1]

History[edit]

The festival is held annually on the 20-acre (8 ha), oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, on the third full weekend in September, beginning on Friday. Five hundred top jazz artists perform on nine stages spread throughout the grounds, with 50 concert performances. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the fairgrounds.

From 1992–2010, Tim Jackson was general manager and artistic director, and in 2010, Chris Doss became the managing director, and Jackson became the artistic director. In 2014, Colleen Bailey became the managing director. Since 1992, Clint Eastwood has been on MJF's board of directors. Kent and Keith Zimmerman describe the festival as having expanded in recent years: "While jazz radio and major labels cut back on musical choice and commitment, the Monterey Jazz Festival has widened its scope by expanding the parameters of jazz, blues, and rock. . . . Happily, MJF is now as diverse and vibrant as Lyons imagined it ever could be."[2]

In 2006, the festival set an attendance record of 40,000, selling out all five major concerts on the main stage arena,[3] and in 2007, 40,000 attended the 50th Golden Celebration.[4]

The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization. It has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958. The festival's scholarship program started with a $35,000 scholarship fund in 1970. As of 2012, the festival invests $600,000 annually for jazz education. Every spring, the Monterey Jazz Festival invites student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the "Next Generation Festival".[5]

Dave Brubeck was instrumental in getting city approval for the first festival in 1958. The founder and general manager of MJF for 35 years, Jimmy Lyons, brought Brubeck to Monterey to perform for the city council to persuade them to allow the festival to occur. He performed at the Festival 14 times which included his appearance at the 2007 / 50th golden anniversary.[6]

The Monterey Pop Festival was held at the fairgrounds in 1967 for three days in mid-June, part of the Summer of Love.

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Building on the exciting and unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentation, the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Band will tour on 54-date, 10-week tour of the United States from January 8, 2008 to March 16, 2008. The band features jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, pianist Benny Green, saxophonist James Moody, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott.[12]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Berg, Chuck (1 August 2007). "Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Book Released". JazzTimes. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Keith and Kent. The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival/50 Years (July 2007), page 119
  3. ^ Big names, experience set Monterey apart
  4. ^ Forty thousand party at Monterey Jazz Festival's 50th birthday
  5. ^ "Next Generation Jazz Festival Hosts America's Top Young Jazz Musicians, March 30 – April 1, 2012 in Downtown Monterey | 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival - September 20 - 22, 2013". Montereyjazzfestival.org. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  6. ^ Dave Brubeck Honored at Monterey Jazz Festival's First MJF Legends Award Presentation
  7. ^ Michael Spörke. "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music". Mcfarlandbooks.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  8. ^ a b "Matrix Itinerary [Tour-date list]". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  9. ^ Nathan, Dave. "Proud Flesh: A Matrix Reunion - Matrix : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  10. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Matrix - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Matrix: Wisconsin Jazz Legends, Event Information - Thrasher Opera House Green Lake Wisconsin". Thrasher Opera House. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  12. ^ Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Band Tour Archived 2007-12-14 at the Wayback Machine

References[edit]

  • Minor, William. Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years (October 1997), Angel City Press - ISBN 1-883318-40-8
  • Zimmerman, Keith and Kent. The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival/50 Years (July 2007), Angel City Press - ISBN 0-9794037-0-7

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