One of the greatest benefits of being a part of a Monterey Jazz Festival education program is joining a community with a shared interest in music. The friendships that are forged by playing music together are those that can last a lifetime. Make sure to stay connected by signing up on the MJF Alumni list!
I was a member of the All-Star Band in 1999 and 2000, and I learned the true definition of compassion during my trips to Japan with the group. It was the first time in my life I saw a community of people gaining pleasure from giving. Everyone says ‘music is a universal language,’ but I really know this to be true. I met some of my closest friends during those trips to Japan. The importance of a program like this goes far beyond music and lands on humanity itself.
"The educational program of the Monterey Jazz Festival is one of its greatest legacies. I know I wouldn’t be playing music professionally if it hadn’t been for that." –Joshua Redman
"I absolutely loved performing in the Women in Jazz Combo at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and meeting so many passionate peers, gifted instructors and world recognized artists. It has been a life-changing opportunity for me.” - Veronica Leahy
“Monterey Jazz Festival influenced my music because I was able to talk to the musicians and see their sets up close and personal, and it was really inspiring.” – Elena Pinderhughes
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation / Enterprise Holdings Foundation / William H. Donner Foundation, Inc. / Monterey County Gives / Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services / Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation / The National Endowment for the Arts / Sally Hughes Church Foundation / Rotary Club of Cannery Row / Wilhelm Family Foundation / California Arts Council / Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation / Arts Council of Monterey Country / Pebble Beach Company / Community Foundation for Monterey Country / Harden Foundation / Quest Foundation / Monterey Peninsula Foundation / The David & Lucile Packard Foundation / William and Flora Hewlett Foundation / Denny's