Monterey Jazz Festival 2022

Monterey Jazz Festival 2022

Monterey, CA

September 23-25, 2022

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2022 celebrates its 65th anniversary, a major milestone for the world’s longest continuously-running jazz festival. Over its long and distinguished history, Monterey Jazz Festival has earned a reputation for paying homage to jazz greats, but also for its focus and passion for new and diverse sounds; 2022 is a reaffirmation of both principles.

MJF’s 65- year-long commitment to education is highlighted by a number of artists who graduated through the festival’s program and are shaping the contemporary jazz landscape. Perhaps none more so than the multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton whose album Water’s Edge dropped on Blue Note this month. Gerald Clayton participated in MJF’s Next Gen programs in 2000 and 2001, and is the director of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. All told, more than 20,000 students have come through the MJF Next Gen Jazz Orchestra program in its 50-plus-year history.

Monterey Jazz Festival 2022 lineup

Full Weekend Arena Lawn tickets offer full access to all the Arena performances at $285 without reserved seating for attendees wishing to bring their own low-back lawn chairs.

Single Day Arena tickets include a reserved seat for all Arena shows and Ground Stages for one day of the festival at $95 for Friday, $185 Saturday or Sunday.

Full Weekend Grounds tickets include access to all Grounds stages, bars, food vendors for the weekend at $185. Single Day Grounds tickets for one day of the festival for access to all Grounds Stages, bars, food vendors at $50 Friday, $75 Saturday or Sunday.

(In alphabetical order)

Friday, September 23

Chucho Valdés – La Creación (w/ the Yoruband Orchestra directed by Hilarío Durán & John Beasley)
Incognito w/special guest Maysa

Akira Tana & Otonowa
The Bad Plus
Berklee Jazz and Gender Justice Group
John Hanrahan Quartet
Julian Lage Quartet
Nicholas Payton
Reunion Trio (w/ Bruce Forman, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton)
Samara Joy

Saturday, September 24

Artemis (w/ Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Alexa Tarantino, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda, Allison Miller)
Butcher Brown
Las Cafeteras
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour – Celebrating 65 (w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Lakecia Benjamin, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn)
Moodswing Reunion (Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade)
Veronica Swift

Artemis (w/ Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Alexa Tarantino, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda, Allison Miller)
Butcher Brown
The Cookers (w/ Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Donald Harrison, Billy Harper, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart)
Dan Wilson
Dave Stryker Eight Track Band
Emmet Cohen Trio
Joel Ross “Good Vibes”
Matthew Whitaker
MJF Women in Jazz Combo (led by Katie Thiroux)
Moy Eng – The Blue Hour Project
Sal’s Greenhouse
Terrie Odabi

Sunday, September 25

Gregory Porter
Melody Gardot
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Directed by Gerald Clayton (ft. Artist-in-Residence Christian Sands)
Ravi Coltrane Cosmic Music (ft. Special Guest Brandee Younger Trio)

  • Contemporary Exploration into the Music of John and Alice Coltrane

SuperBlue – Kurt Elling ft. Charlie Hunter

Brandee Younger Trio
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Gerald Clayton Trio
Keyon Harrold
Kim Nalley
Kyle Eastwood Group
Emil Afrasiyab Trio
Emma-Jean Thackray
Flor de Toloache
Michael Zilber Quartet
Molly Miller Trio
Nate Smith + KINFOLK
Sunday Morning Gospel (w/ Brown, Sturgis & Brown)

Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates support from their partners like The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Art Works, MONTAGE Health, Taylor Farms, Inns of Monterey, Yamaha, Downbeat, Smooth Jazz Global, AT&T, Google and Jazz Cruises, and Arts Council for Monterey County.

The Monterey Jazz festival issues Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement. You can review it below.

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the world’s longest continuously-running jazz festival, founded as a 501c3 non-profit in 1958, today pledged its commitment to confront bias, promote equity and honor the Black roots of jazz music by issuing its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement.

As an integral part of the organization’s 2018 strategic plan, the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has been working on the new statement for the past 18 months with the guidance and input from The Justice Collective, an Oakland-based social impact consulting firm that brings a racial equity lens to traditional organizational development. The committee is comprised of staff and board members who provide organizational context and history, as well as future direction and visioning. Its core focus is ensuring Monterey Jazz Festival’s focus on diversity and equity on and off the bandstand.

“I am proud of the intentional and thoughtful work that the entire organization has engaged in throughout this past year,” said Letty Ledbetter, Chairperson of Monterey Jazz Festival’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. “The final statement articulates Monterey Jazz Festival’s commitment to prioritizing DEI principals moving forward.”

MJF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement recognizes the Black roots of jazz music, and that the genre has traditionally shut women out from participation. It articulates the Monterey Jazz Festival’s belief that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to the mission of the festival and every aspect of the Monterey Jazz Festival organization year-round.

Monterey Jazz Festival Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement:

Jazz sits within American culture as a singular and distinctive art-form. It has been created by, perpetuated by, and anchored in Black voices and culture. Since 1958, Monterey Jazz Festival has led the world in supporting and advocating for this legendary art-form. Entwined in this story are two realities. Jazz has historically shuttered participation by women. Monterey Jazz Festival audiences have largely consisted of white males, due to geography and the fact that Black and female audiences have not been cultivated and maintained. To be on the path of diversity, equity, and inclusion these realities must be addressed in the policies and practices of Monterey Jazz Festival. As leaders in the field, to make change, we will look to these truths. We affirm our commitment to continuing to question our role within this important community of artists, to create innovative and accessible education and music programs that expand who experiences, performs, and receives this beautiful music.

The Monterey Jazz Festival takes its inspiration from the ethos of jazz and derives its strength from the diversity and inclusion inherent in the art-form. We strive to reflect these values both on and off the bandstand, and in every aspect of the organization — the board, professional staff and employees, volunteers, vendors, artists, students, donors, and attendees.

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