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61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
Package Tickets On Sale Monday, May 1

Headliners Include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones with Brian Blade & Chris Thomas, Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams, and Many Others
MJF Presents Tributes to Geri Allen, Ray Brown, and Michael Brecker

Monterey, Calif., April 2, 2018; Three-day Arena and Grounds Ticket Packages for the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23 go on sale Tuesday, May 1. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 888.248.6499.

The Festival will feature over 120 performances from iconic and emerging jazz artists, educational events, conversations, films, and exhibits on eight stages, for 30 hours of live music spanning two days and three nights, accompanied by an array of 75 vendors selling international cuisine and merchandise on the oak-studded 20 acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

The Artists-in-Residence for MJF61 will be Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen. Oscar Hernández & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra will debut the 2018 commission piece, and NEA Jazz Master recipient Dianne Reeves will be the Showcase Artist, performing four times over the weekend, including the premiere of a new Brazilian project with Reeves’ guitarist, Romero Lubambo will be assembling with special guests for the Monterey appearance.

"I am so pleased that in a year when there is so much attention being paid to the inclusion of women, the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival will celebrate the talents of exceptional women jazz artists,” said Colleen Bailey, MJF Executive Director.

“As we enter our seventh decade as the world’s longest continuously-running jazz festival, I remain inspired and committed to producing and presenting the world’s finest jazz artists, while making sure that we represent the music and the musicians in an inclusive, exciting and fun manner,” said Tim Jackson, MJF Artistic Director.

A six-time JazzTimes Readers Poll winner, 2018’s GRAMMY Award-winning Arena lineup on Friday night, September 21 includes Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, presenting Spaces with “Lil Buck” and Jared Grimes; Dianne Reeves; and a Tribute to Geri Allen, presented by Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Shamie Royston, Maurice Chestnut, DJ Val, and Robert Hurst.

The Saturday afternoon September 22 Arena lineup includes Oscar Hernández & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra debuting the 2018 commission piece; José James singing the songs of Bill Withers, and Thornetta Davis.

Saturday night includes the 60th edition of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, and Jamison Ross; Remembering Ray Brown featuring Christian McBride, Benny Green, and Greg Hutchinson with special guests John Clayton, John Patitucci and Dianne Reeves; and Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings.

The Arena lineup on Sunday afternoon September 23 includes Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams, Bokanté; and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen.

Sunday night in the Arena will feature Norah Jones with Brian Blade & Chris Thomas; a special tribute celebrating Michael Brecker with Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Gil Goldstein, Adam Rogers, John Patitucci, and the Anat Cohen Tentet.