The month of April is nearly upon us and with it the opportunity to renew your Monterey Jazz Festival seats. The forms have begun arriving last week in mailboxes across Northern California (and no doubt the country) and carry with them the first hints as to the musicians audiences can expect to experience at the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, set for September 19-21.
The lineup includes the Roots, the jazz-hip hop ensemble best known for its collaborations with the likes of John Legend, Elvis Costello and Jimmy Fallon; blues star Gary Clark Jr. (and happy I am to see blues back on the Monterey lineup); Michael Feinstein (performing a Sinatra tribute); Herbie Hancock; Billy Childs, with a Laura Nyro tribute); pianist Aaron Diehl (with a John Lewis tribute); vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant; saxophonist Melissa Aldana; bassist Marcus Miller; and pianists Robert Glasper, Jason Moran and Jon Baptiste.
Eric Harland as previously announced will serve as Artist-In-Residence and you can expect him to perform with a variety of ensembles, including his own, Voyager. Charles Lloyd returns to Monterey as the Showcase Artist and will perform with his band, in a duet with Gerald Clayton (so looking forward to hearing that remarkable young pianist) and with his ensemble Sangam featuring Harland and percussion master Zakir Hussain.
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