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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

The 52nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 18-20, 2009, at the same venue it has occupied since its inception, the Monterey Fairgrounds, in Monterey Calif. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Web site. Full weekend arena packages are available from $225; daily grounds tickets are from $35; full weekend grounds tickets are $110.00. MJF’s new family discount Pack is $80 for two adult and two youth tickets.

The Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage will be the focal point of the festival, with multiple award-winning artists and special projects, including NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones with Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano (MJF/52 Showcase Artist); the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (MJF/52 Artists-In-Residence); the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling and guitarist Russell Malone; the gifted bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding; vocalist extraordinaire Dee Dee Bridgewater; the incomparable Grammy-winning pianist George Duke; the incendiary Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (MJF/52 Commission Artist); and the highly anticipated super-trio of 15-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist Chick Corea with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke and fiery drummer Lenny White.

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