Scheduled Sept. 20-22, the 2013 event marks Monterey Jazz’s 56th annual festival. And, just like the inaugural year that starred Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong and Billie Holiday, the festival is held at the Monterey Co. Fairgrounds in Monterey, Calif.
The festival is once again promising to showcase 500 artists, 90 performances on eight stages for more than 30 hours of live music. You can also count on international cuisine, shopping, art exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with iconic and emerging jazz artists.
As the 2013 artist-in-residence, Joe Lovano is booked for several performances including a set with Dave Douglas in Sound Prints, playing music inspired and commissioned from Wayne Shorter. The Grammy-winning saxophonist will also take the stage with Us Five, and as a soloist with the festival’s all-star student band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
You’ll also be seeing more of Dave Douglas, the 2013 Showcase Artist. In addition to playing with Sound Prints (both in the arena and on the grounds), you can find him performing with his own quintet.
Sound Prints isn’t the only 2013 Commission Artist. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will show off newly commissioned music in tribute to Dave Brubeck.
Ticket sales for full weekend arena and grounds packages go on sale to the public May 21, starting at $125 for grounds packages and $225 for arena packages.
Single-day tickets go on sale July 8, with daily ground tickets starting at $40 and arena shows priced at $66 for Friday and $132 for Saturday or Sunday.
For more information visit MontereyJazzFestival.org.