Monterey Jazz Festival Ready For No. 54

Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Huey Lewis & The News and Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band Feat. Terence Blanchard are just a few of the headliners for the 54th annual , scheduled for Sept. 16-18.

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Tokyo International Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Taking place at the fairgrounds in beautiful Monterey, Calif., this year’s festival also includes India.Arie & Idan Raichel, John Pizzarelli Quartet and “An Afternoon In Treme” with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, , Kermit Ruffins and .

But we’re only brushing the three-day festival’s surface when it comes to who is on the lineup. The almost endless list of jazz folks also includes piano virtuoso Hiromi and the Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Steve Smith.

It all adds up to 500 artists, 90 performances and 8 stages resulting in 30 hours of live jazz spread out over two days and three nights.

This year’s Artist In Residence is Joshua Redman who will perform with his band James Farm as well as solo with the Festival’s All-Star student band. The Showcase Artist is Robert Glasper and the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist is pianist Geri Allen who, with her band Timeline, will perform “The Dazzler,” described as a “Jazz tap tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.”

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Jazz in Kiev 2010, Kiev, Ukraine

Tickets, including Arena Package tickets, Full Weekend Grounds Tickets and the Family Discount Package, are available now. Visit for more information.