The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will feature a variety of jazz and blues greats with a total of 500 artist, performing on eight stages at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Hardliners Include Harry Connick, Jr., Dianne Reeves, Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes,Ahmad Jamal, Roy Hargrove Big Band and Billy Childs with the Kronos Quartet.
As well, the festival will include many international jazz groups and musicians, such as Septeto Nacional de Cuba, Les Nubians, Angelique Kidjo, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Indo-Pak Coalition, Jake Shimabukuro, Somi, Hristo Vitchev and Romero Lubambo.
Several tributes are scheduled: Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge present "Music of Moacir Santos"; John Firmin & the Nocturne Band give tribute to Hank Crawford, David "Fathead" Newman and Leroy "Hog" Cooper; and the Javon Jackson Band with Les McCann offer "Swiss Movement Revisited."
The festival is presented by Verizon. Tickets are on sale now at (925) 275-9255 and on the website, montereyjazzfestival.org.