This incredible lineup features exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival! Unique and memorable jazz moments will be across the three days, September 25-27, 2020. The Virtual Festival will be streamed online each day from 5-7 pm Pacific Time on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube Channel.
One hundred percent of online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to jazz artists featured at the Virtual Festival.
Monterey Jazz Festival has always been on the leading edge with a finger on the pulse of the jazz world. In the late 50s, then musical director John Lewis said “We wanted the Festival to reflect what had happened to jazz throughout the year. We wanted the festival to be a newsletter for the music in the United States of America.” This year, MJF recognizes the need to shine a spotlight not only on what has been happening with the music, but even more importantly with the Black community which is so integral to jazz and the Festival. One hundred percent of online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to jazz artists featured at the Virtual Festival.
About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public historically black colleges and universities, medical schools, and law schools. TMCU is dedicated to transforming the lives of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions. Talented students from diverse backgrounds gain access to lifelong rewards.
Founded in 1940 by Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. The new political landscape and a retrenchment in key areas of civil rights poses unprecedented threats to the hard-won gains of the last half century. From new assaults on voting rights, to a renewed push to undermine equal access to quality education, to the need to reimagine public safety in America, LDF faces significant challenges in every area of its work.
We know this time is hard for everyone, and we are so grateful to each of you for sticking by us. We believe that festivals, and the Monterey Jazz Festival specifically, is an incredible gathering of community around amazing music - it brings joy to our lives, and solace to our souls. We ask you to consider supporting the Monterey Jazz Festival today with a donation – so we can continue to bring this festival to you now and for years to come.