During the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a makeshift studio backstage inside Fort Adams. The rustic setting made for interesting visuals as well as some interesting conversations, accompanied by background music coming in from three nearby stages. In this set of interview segments, Tim Jackson-the artistic director of the Monterey Jazz Festival-talked about how he came to be involved with the festival, how he approaches the programming of the event and why education programs are important for the festival and the music. And he previews the upcoming festival, now in its 57th year.
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Tim Jackson on his entry into the jazz world, first as a musician and later as a presenter:
Jackson on getting involved with the Monterey Jazz Festival:
Jackson on programming the festival:
Jackson on commissioning new work at the festival:
Jackson on the importance of education programs at the festival:
Jackson on the festival’s touring programs:
Jackson previews the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival:
Jackson on the Newport Jazz Festival:
Interviews filmed by Melissa Mergner.