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September 22-24, 2023 
66th Monterey Jazz Festival

by Christopher J. Walker

The Monterey Jazz Festival is held annually on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, Calif. Since 1958, the nonprofit Monterey Jazz Festival has been committed to celebrating America's creativity and cultural heritage by presenting legendary jazz musicians, composers, and young rising stars.

Co-founded by Jimmy Lyons and Ralph J. Gleason in 1958, the nonprofit Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, and presented nearly every major jazz artist over the last 60-plus years—from Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, and Miles Davis, to contemporary masters Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, and Terence Blanchard.

As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. Thousands of students have been the benefactors of the Festival’s educational efforts through the Jazz in the Schools Program, Summer Jazz Camp, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo and Monterey County All-Star Ensembles, which embark on annual performance trips each summer.

Here are some of the great artists scheduled to perform:

Snarky Puppy
John Scofield & Yankee Go Home
Terri Lyne Carrington & New Standards
Christian McBride's New Jawn
Charles Lloyd Quartet
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton with special guests Lakecia Benjamin & John Handy
Elena Pinderhughes & Lionel Loueke: A Diaspora Journey
Music for Abolition with Terri Lyne Carrington, Gina Dent & Angela Davis
Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke
Sullivan Fortner Trio
Kait Dunton Band
Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons
Sandy Cressman – Cantos do Povo: The Music of Milton Nascimento
The Trio: Gerald Clayton, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton
Billy Childs Quartet featuring Sean Jones

September 22-24, 2023
2004 Fairground Road
Monterey, CA 93940

The Monterey Peninsula is one of California’s most picturesque regions to visit and explore. Here are some of its top attractions:
Carmel by the Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city on California's Monterey Peninsula. It's known for the museums and library of the historic Carmel Mission, and the fairytale cottages and galleries of its village-like center. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach, with a scuba entry point. South lie the sea animals and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Pacific Grove
Seven Gables Inn – Lovers Point – Pacific Grove California.
Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast; excellent emergency, fire, and ocean rescue services; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; an award-winning natural history museum; and a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course.

Big Sur
Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing

Cannery Row
With its picturesque charm and colorful history, Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world. The unique appeal of this fabled street is what makes Cannery Row the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast. With luxurious waterfront hotels, enticing restaurants and captivating boutiques, Cannery Row is the ideal place to soak up the culture and beauty of Monterey Bay.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium in Monterey, California. Known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, it was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest when it opened in October 1984. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-4800

Pebble Beach Golf Course
Pebble Beach Golf Links, unanimously rated the No. 1 Public Course in the Country. Pebble Beach hosted its sixth U.S. Open in 2019, more than any other course over the last 50 years. Eight future championships will be hosted including: a first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023 plus three additional Women’s Opens in 2035, 2040 and 2048, and four future U.S. Opens in 2027, 2032, 2037 and 2044. Every February, the PGA TOUR visits for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a tradition that began in 1947.

Pebble Beach Golf Course
17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
(800) 8770597

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail 
The waterfront Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail stretches 18 miles, from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. This popular paved path hugs the coast, following the same route as the old Southern Pacific Railway. The rec trail connects to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, the American Tin Cannery shopping and outlet mall, Fisherman's Wharf, and much more…

Colton Hall
Built to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, Colton Hall now offers visitors a re-creation of the meeting room where California's first Constitution was drafted in October 1849 and exhibits on early Monterey. Colton Hall is a landmark in the City of Monterey, once the capital of Alta California.

The Colton Hall Museum provides a place for learning and enjoyment focused on its core exhibits as the site of California's 1849 bilingual constitution leading to statehood and one of California's first dedicated schools and town halls during the early America period. It also offers a charming historic venue for public programs and events, including the annual Evening Music Concerts, California Constitutional Convention Reenactment, and Christmas in the Adobes, and much more.

Colton Hall
570 Pacific St. 
Monterey, CA  93940
831) 646-5648

Fishermans Wharf 
Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf features 11 restaurants and fish markets, 3 candy shops, an ice cream store, 9 gift shops, 4 whale watching firms, 2 fishing companies and sailing, glass bottom boat rides, Bay cruises, fish markets and the Wharf Theatre.  Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, steaks including the region's famous clam chowder and calamari. The Wharf was also a main location for the filming of the hit HBO series, Big Little Lies, Season One.

Fishermans Wharf
#1 Old Fishermans Wharf 
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 238-0777  

Weathertech Raceway, Laguna Seca
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course on California’s beautiful central coast. While the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide, many focus on one specific section—officially Turns 8 and 8A—or more commonly known as The Corkscrew. 

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
1021 Monterey Salinas Highway
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 242-8201

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