The Monterey Jazz Festival is presenting a star-studded line up for its 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival to be held Friday to Sunday, Sept. 20 to 22 at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
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The 2013 GRAMMY Award-winning lineup includes arena headliners: Diana Krall; Wayne Shorter Quartet; Bobby McFerrin; Bob James and David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd and James Genus; Dave Holland’s PRISM featuring Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland; Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints; George Benson; The Relatives; Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club; Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; and Gregory Porter.
The GRAMMY-winning saxophonist, Joe Lovano, will serve as the festival’s 2013 artist-in-residence and will perform with Us Five; with Dave Douglas in Sound Prints, playing music inspired and commissioned from Wayne Shorter; and as a soloist with the festival’s all-star student band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Award-winning trumpeter Dave Douglas returns to the festival as the 2013 Showcase Artist, and will perform three times throughout the weekend: on the grounds with his own quintet; and with Sound Prints in the arena and on the grounds. Sound Prints acts as one of the dual 2013 Commission Artists along with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which will debut newly commissioned music in tribute to the late Dave Brubeck in the arena.
The festival features 500 artists, 90 performances on eight stages and more, for 30 hours of live music over two days and three nights, accompanied by an array of international cuisine, shopping, art exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with iconic and emerging jazz artists on the oak-studded 20-acres of the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
Sunday, Sept. 22, is the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Annual Family Day, featuring artists and activities especially for the family. Tickets on Sunday include access to the hands-on Instrument Petting Zoo presented by Yamaha, the popular Percussion Playshop, a bounce house, special family-friendly musical artists and performances from the world’s greatest young jazz musicians and vocalists from the Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival. Children 2 and under are free for grounds admission daily at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Children ages 2-18 are $20 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival partners include Alaska Airlines, North Coast Brewing, Scheid Vineyards, Yamaha, Inns of Monterey, The Jazz Cruise/The Smooth Jazz Cruise, Macy’s, Motema Music, Hyatt Regency Monterey, Amoeba Music, KUSP 88.9FM, Downbeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Gallien-Krueger, Remo, Zildjian, Big Sur Land Trust, Monterey Peninsula College and Monterey-Salinas Transit.
Monterey Jazz Festival also receives support for its Jazz Education Programs from Arts Council for Monterey County, AT&T Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Community Foundation of Monterey County, D’Addario Music Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Quest Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, Upjohn California Fund, Union Bank Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation and generous individual contributors.
For event details including the list of performers at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival and tickets visit montereyjazzfestival.org. Artists and schedule subject to change.