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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2019 Dates and Tour Details

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 26, 2018

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The next edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival will take place from September 27 to 29 in 2019. Ticket renewals begin March 29 and end April 19. Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days of jazz at the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival.

Before the next festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour features a top roster of diverse and international millennial talent, including Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano and musical director; Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Jamison Ross, drums, vocals. The tour dates run from March 15 to April 14.

The show will feature renditions of classic jazz standards, along with originals penned by the members. Each musician is an outstanding representative of the next generation of jazz artists and educators, each with a close relationship with Monterey that represent both its musical excellence and jazz education activities—core components of Monterey Jazz Festival’s mission statement and expanding on its tradition of presenting the best in jazz, and of jazz’s younger, international and diverse future in 2019.

To celebrate the Festival’s 60th Anniversary of its inception in 2018, artistic director Tim Jackson put together an all-star band that represented the future of jazz in a nationwide tour. Previous incarnations include a 50th anniversary tour in 2008, and additional national tours in 2010, 2013, and 2016, with a collective 163 performances to over 115,000 fans across the country.

“This will be the 10-year anniversary of MJF on Tour and it is also one of our most exciting,” said Tim Jackson, MJF artistic director. “With a strong female presence on the front line with Cécile, Melissa and Bria, and the mastery of Christian Sands as our pianist and musical director, we are looking forward to spreading the joy of jazz, which is the essence of the Monterey Jazz Festival, to rest of the country.”

The 31-day tour will perform 26 concerts in 16 states and Alberta, Canada. Highlights include New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center; Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall; Berkeley’s Cal Performances; Chicago’s Symphony Center; Calgary Canada’s Jack Singer Concert Hall; and many others.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour is produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment (ALE) and booked byThe Kurland Agency, which also produced and booked two previous MJF tours in 2013 and 2016.

One of the most acclaimed vocalists of her generation, Cécile McLorin Salvant is the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. She grew up in a bilingual household in Miami, and traveled to Aix-en-Provence to pursue a degree in French law while training as a classical and baroque singer before switching to jazz.

Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg debuted at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2016, and is an avid educator and supporter of public school opportunities, giving numerous workshops and concerts for students of all ages.

Tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile, and in 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. Aldana attended the Berklee College of Music, studying with George Garzone, Danilo Pérez and Patricia Zarate, while hitting the clubs with Greg Osby and George Coleman, among others. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize.

Pianist and MJF on Tour music director Christian Sands is a five-time Grammy nominee. As a child in New Haven, Connecticut, he began music classes at age four, started playing professionally at the age of 10, and received his bachelor of arts and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2015, he started the Jazz Kids of Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark; he also teaches at Jazz in July, where he is an alumnus.

Born in Tokyo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura moved to Seattle, Washington, eventually receiving his bachelor’s in jazz performance from Berklee College of Music, and an artist diploma from the Juilliard School. He has recorded or performed around the world with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones, Dave Douglas, and many others.

Grammy-nominated drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2012. A Jacksonville, Florida native, Jamison received his B.A. in Jazz Studies from Florida State University and his master’s from the University of New Orleans. He has toured internationally and recorded with a variety of esteemed jazz artists including Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jonathan Batiste, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Christian McBride, and Carmen Lundy.

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