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Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets Available Now

Headliners include Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Snarky Puppy and more

eff Taylor, Donny McCaslin, and Tim Lefebvre
From Left: Jeff Taylor, Donny McCaslin, and Tim Lefebvre during the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival. (Photo: Craig Lovell/Monterey Jazz Festival)

Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Snarky Puppy and Marcus Miller are among the performers  set to take the stage for the 62nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

Tickets to the Monterey Jazz Festival, which runs September 27-29, are on sale now and available Full weekend arena ticket packages offer a reserved seat to each of the five concerts on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the arena (renewable annually) plus, access to the seven additional grounds stages, and all festival activities. Single day arena tickets start at $87.

Full weekend grounds packages offer access to seven grounds stages and activities. Single day grounds tickets start at $45. Ticket prices will increase on Monday, September 23.

The festival will feature more than 130 performances. Additional headliners include Chris Botti, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland, Bob James, David Sanborn, and Eliane Elias, among others.

Drummer Allison Miller and bassist Derrick Hodge are the festival’s artists in residence, while Christian McBride is its commission and showcase artist.

“The 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival will be a great addition to the legacy of the world’s longest continuously- running jazz festival,” Tim Jackson, the festival’s artistic director, says in a press release. “You will see a few of your long-time favorites, yet also experience a wide range of what’s new in jazz and beyond.”

The gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27, earlier than previously announced, offering 30 hours of live music spanning two days and three nights.

For more information and to buy tickets, go here. The full line-up is below.



Jimmy Lyons Stage: Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge present “Soul on Soul: A Tribute to Mary Lou Williams”; Kenny Barron and Dave Holland Trio; Diana Krall


Garden Stage: Allison Au Quartet; SambaDá; Gerald Clayton Quartet; Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Dizzys Den: Chris Potter Circuits Trio with James Francies and Eric Harland; Christian McBride Situation with Patrice Rushen

Night Club: Connie Han Trio; Bria Skonberg; Donna Grantis

Pacific Jazz Café: MJF 101 with Andrew Gilbert and Pamela Espeland; DJ Brother Mister; Taylor McFerrin

Courtyard Stage: Music on the Yamaha AvantGrand (three sets)

North Coast Brewing Co.Education Stage: Student performances (all evening)

Blue Note at Sea Tent: Events TBA

Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the arena

Pacific Jazz Café Exhibit: “Blue Note Records at 80: Perspectives” (all weekend)



Jimmy Lyons Stage: Larkin Poe; Cha Wa; Tank and the Bangas; Christian McBride Big Band; Eliane Elias; Chris Botti


Garden Stage: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram; Larkin Poe; Cha Wa; Huntertones; Steve Bernstein’s MTO West

Dizzys Den: Natalie Cressman and Ian Farquini; Pamela Rose & Terrence Brewer; Derrick Hodge presents Color of Noize; Derrick Hodge Band; Kenny Barron and Dave Holland Duo; Christian McBride Big Band

Night Club: Hamilton High School Jazz Ensemble A; Tucson Jazz Institute Concord Combo; SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra; the Commanders Jazz Ensemble; Luciana Souza; Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom; Michael Mayo; Yellowjackets with special guest Luciana Souza

Pacific Jazz Café: Zion Dyson; Columbia University Jazz Combo; Conversation with Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, hosted by Willard Jenkins; Berklee Global Jazz Institute; Ben Flocks and Mask of the Muse; Sasha Berliner; Roberta Gambarini

Courtyard Stage: Music on the Yamaha AvantGrand (three sets)

North Coast Brewing Co.Education Stage: Student performances (all day)

Blue Note at Sea Tent: Events TBA

Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the Arena; Jazz on Film: “Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes”



Jimmy Lyons StageNext Generation Jazz Orchestra with Allison Miller & Derrick Hodge; Pacific Mambo Orchestra; Candy Dulfer; Jazzmeia Horn; Double Vision Revisited featuring Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller with guests Billy Kilson and Larry Braggs; Snarky Puppy


Garden Stage: California State University, Long Beach Pacific Standard Time; Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano Jazz Orchestra; Electric Squeezebox Orchestra; Barrio Barouche; Leyla McCalla; Ambrose Akinmusire

Dizzys Den: Kenny Stahl Group; Abe Rábane Trio; Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller’s Parlour Game; Antonio Sánchez and Migration; Jazzmeia Horn

Night Club: MJF High School Honor Vocal Ensemble; Folsom High School Jazz Choir I; Valencia High School Two N’ Four; Northgate High School Jazz Band I; Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble; Downey High School Jazz Band I; MJF Monterey County High School All-Star Band; Amina Claudine Myers; Doug Carn West Coast Organ Group; Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet

Pacific Jazz Café: DownBeatBlindfold Test with Antonio Sánchez, hosted by Dan Ouellette; The Life & Legacy of Dexter Gordon with Maxine Gordon, hosted by Angela Davis; Marcus Shelby Quintet; Tammy L. Hall and Ruth Davies

North Coast Brewing Co.Education Stage: Student performances (all day)

Blue Note at Sea Tent: Events TBA

Courtyard Stage: Music on the Yamaha AvantGrand (four sets)

Jazz Theater: Simulcasts from the Arena

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