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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

A mix of new and archival performances, plus artist conversations, will air on YouTube Sept. 25-27

Christian Sands, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2019 (photo by Mark Robbins)
Christian Sands, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2019 (photo: Mark Robbins)

The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the event lineup for 2020—its 63rd edition. The festival begins its YouTube-based livestreaming on September 25 and continues through September 27.

The program, forced into the virtual sphere by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will feature a mix of rarely seen archival footage from the Monterey Jazz Festival’s six-decade history, plus brand-new performances and artist (and artist-led) conversations.

Jazz fans and would-be festivalgoers in the Monterey area can attend one of two locally held watch parties: a drive-in style screening at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and a patio viewing at Estéban Restaurant on the grounds of the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa.

All other fans can stream the festival from home, via Monterey Jazz’s YouTube channel. The full lineup of performances, which take place each day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, is below.

Friday, September 25

  • Herbie Hancock
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Roy Hargrove & RH Factor
  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight
  • Jamie Cullum
  • Christian Sands, 2020 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence
  • 2020 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton

Saturday, September 26

  • 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 directed by 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

  • 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