In 2023, MJF is proud to present Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour! MJF’s latest national outing of jazz superstars and up-and-comers present the artistry, spirit, and fun of the Monterey Jazz Festival to audiences everywhere. Fronted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling on vocals, the 2023 sextet features Lakecia Benjamin on alto saxophone, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. Christian Sands, on piano, acts as music director. Check out venues and dates below.
On March 1, 2023, MJF partners with Kuumbwa Jazz to present the Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, imaginative, revelatory, riveting, daring, and beyond categorization.” Her latest recording, Data Lords, won two GRAMMY Awards, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and was named Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and NPR. Tickets on sale November 14!