At the Monterey Jazz Festival, even those lukewarm on jazz will find something to like.
Jazz is a hefty topic. But if you’re going to listen and learn, go to the granddaddy: the Monterey Jazz Festival. It’s got a record label, a Grammy win, and it educates. With more than 500 artists performing across eight stages, you get to learn the styles as demonstrated by Trombone Shorty, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, and Snarky Puppy. FYI, the Grammy-winning album is a live compilation of the fest’s acts, Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Photo (and header photo): Cole Thompson via Monterey Jazz Festival
Photo: Hari Adivarekar via Monterey Jazz Festival