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Monterey Jazz announces terrific lineup for virtual festival

Mercury News logo Mercury News 9/8/2020 Jim Harrington
a person holding a guitar: Herbie Hancock performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © Provided by Mercury News Herbie Hancock performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The lineup has been announced for this year’s “virtual” Monterey Jazz Festival.

The three-day music event runs 5-7 p.m. Sept. 25-27 on the festival’s YouTube site,, and features a mix of archival footage and new performances from such acts as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Lila Downs, Kenny Barron and Regina Carter.

The full daily lineup is listed below.

“I’ve worked hard to assemble exciting archival performances by some of your favorite Monterey artists as well as new and exclusive performances and interviews,” says Tim Jackson, the festival’s artistic director. “While I’ll miss seeing you in person this year, I look forward to connecting with all of you during our virtual weekend together.”

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The festival is free to watch on YouTube, but donations will also be accepted, with proceeds supporting the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as well as the featured jazz artists.

“We recognize that jazz comes from the heart of Black culture, and during these volatile times where America is facing its legacy of racial injustice, we asked ourselves what the Monterey Jazz Festival could do to support the Black community,” says Colleen Bailey, the festival’s executive director. “Our historical legacy has always been to serve as a platform for artists to share social justice messages, and now we can be a platform for artists as well as the organizations that are on the front line of this important work.”

Here are the daily virtual lineups:

Friday, September 25, 2020

Herbie Hancock

Dianne Reeves

Roy Hargrove & RH Factor

Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic Project

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Jamie Cullum

2020 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence, Christian Sands

2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Directed by Gerald Clayton

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Diana Krall

Tribute to Dave Brubeck – Cannery Row Suite featuring Kurt Elling & Roberta Gambarini

Kenny Barron Trio

Regina Carter

Our Native Daughters-Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell

Clint Eastwood in Conversation, hosted by Tim Jackson

Berklee Institute of Jazz & Gender Justice Quintet -Founder & Director-Terri Lyne Carrington

2020 Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo Directed by Katie Thiroux

2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Directed by Gerald Clayton

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Tribute to Quincy Jones, “The A&M Years”, featuring Hubert Laws and Valerie Simpson

Sonny Rollins Tribute featuring Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman

Anat Cohen Tentet

2012 MJF on Tour with Musical Director Christian McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals

2018 MJF On Tour with Musical Director Christian Sands and Cécile McLorin Salvant on vocals

Gerald Clayton Quartet

Angela Davis in conversation with Terri Lyne Carrington

Lila Downs

2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Directed by Gerald Clayton

In addition, SiriusXM Real Jazz channel 67 will broadcast a daily one-hour show featuring content from the Monterey Jazz Festival archives, at 8 p.m. Sept. 21-24. These broadcasts will be hosted by jazz pianist Christian Sands, who is the 2020 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence.

There will also be socially distanced festival watch parties at the Monterey County Fairgrounds (the home for the festival), which will be hosting “drive-in style” viewing events at 5 p.m. on the first two nights. Following the festival screenings, people can stick around to watch movies starring longtime Monterey Jazz supporter Clint Eastwood. The film “True Crime” will be shown on Sept. 25 after the regular festival screening ends, with “Play Misty for Me” to follow in that same time slot on Sept. 26.


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