From the very start, way back in 1954, the Monterey Jazz Festival was bringing its A game. What else would you call an opening lineup that included Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Gerry Mulligan—among many others—and an emcee by the name of Mort Sahl? But the MJF, which is about to enter its sixth decade, hasn’t been resting on its laurels.
Taking place, as always, on the third weekend in September at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the three-day master class in America’s music will present concerts by Joshua Redman (this year’s showcase artist), Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, artist-in-residence Terri Lyne Carrington, Pat Metheny, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, and more. Plus, not playing this year but being interviewed side by side on stage, longtime MJF board member Clint Eastwood and the multitalented, poly-hyphenated Quincy Jones.
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