Monterey Jazz Festival 2011
“I got my ticket in my hands, I‘m going down to New Orleans.”
Whoa! Wrong song, wrong town. You don’t need a ticket for the Mardis Gras and even though there’s lots of jazz in The Big Easy, if you go down there in September, you’ll miss the Monterey Jazz Festival.
You will need a ticket for the MJF. This year will feature 500 artists on 8 stages for three days and two nights. Numerous GRAMMY Award-winning artists as well as nominees will perform at the Monterey Fairgrounds, home to the Festival for 54 consecutive years. Among the big names are Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Huey Lewis, Poncho Sanchez, Hiromi, Joshua Redman and Eric Harland.
This year’s Festival will be held over the weekend of September 16 - 18 and there’s still time to get tickets, HERE. For a complete listing of artists scheduled to appear, click HERE. It’s easy to stay informed with the MJF by following it on Facebook or Twitter.
If you go to Monterey, you won’t get to see the Zulu King, but you WILL get to see the 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. This year’s incarnation of the MJF’s renowned National High School All-Star Band consists of twenty-one high school musicians from California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada. The students will appear in an eleven day tour on the West Coast from July 23 through August 2 and will perform at the Festival on September 18 with Joshua Redman (the Festival‘s Artist-In-Residence), Benny Green and Donny McCaslin.
There’s barely three months left to get your tickets, arrange for transportation, and charge up the batteries in your cameras. Get ready to get Jazzed Up!