Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 2010 Event

Festival headliners to include: Harry Connick, Jr.; Dianne Reeves; Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride & Roy Haynes; Ahmad Jamal; Angelique Kidjo; Roy Hargrove Big Band; Billy Childs with the Kronos Quartet; plus many others

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The Monterey Jazz Festival has just announced the lineup for the 2010 festival taking place September 17-19, 2010 on the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, Calif. This year marks the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The festival lineup is a typically creative mix of emerging artists, contemporary stars and venerable legends. The artist-in-residence this year will be Dianne Reeves.

Under the direction of executive director Tim Jackson, the festival has come up with plenty of new wrinkles in recent years. Among the programming and marketing innovations are the New Grooves Night, Family Day, and MJF’s Annual Front Box Auction.

As one might expect from its title, New Grooves Night presents some of the more modernist and progressive sounds in several of the secondary venues on the grounds. On Friday, September 17, the Festival’s New Grooves for 2010 will feature: a hip-hop symphony, “Brass Bows and Beats” in Dizzy’s Den; pianist/vocalist Nellie McKay and Indo-Pak Coalition with Rudresh Mahanthappa in the Night Club. The House Jacks, a vocal group, performs that same night on the Garden Stage.

The festival has always endeavored to make the event family-friendly with discount pricing for families, as well as special programming. This year the Festival’s 5th Annual Family Day takes place on Sunday, September 19, the last day of the festival, when families and children can participate in special activities, hear top student jazz ensembles from around the United States along with MJF’s own Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the Monterey County High School All-Star Band. There will be plenty of hands-on action too with the Percussion Playshop and Instrument Petting Zoo, that give kids the opportunity to sample an assortment of high-tech, professional musical instruments provided by Yamaha. Finally, what little kid doesn’t love one of those moon bounce things, retitled here as the “Jazzy Jumper.”

With the Festival’s Front Box Auction, attendees can bid to sit at the front of the Arena with three friends in four Front Box seats.. The Front Box Auction opened on March 29, 2010 at 9:00 am and will conclude on June 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time. Proceeds go to support jazz education efforts by the Festival. For more information on how to bid, you can go to the Festival’s web site.

Those wrinkles aside, most people come for the music and ambience, both of which the 2010 Festival has in ample supply. Over a period of just 3 nights and 2 days, the Festival will feature approximately 500 artists performing on eight Stages. Roy Haynes is the 2010 MJF Showcase Artist, and will be performing with a variety of groups during the weekend – including Chick Corea’s Freedom Band and his own Fountain of Youth Band. In addition, pianist/composer/arranger Billy Childs is the 2010 MJF Commission Artist and will debut his “Music for Two Quartets” with the Kronos Quartet.

Here is a complete list of the artists performing at the 2010 Festival:


Friday, September 17

Septeto Nacional de Cuba; Les Nubians; Roy Hargrove Big Band

Saturday, September 18

Delbert McClinton Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens; Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes; Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs Quartet (with Steve Wilson, Scott Colley and Brian Blade) and the Kronos Quartet, “Music for Two Quartets” (2010 MJF Commission)

Sunday, September 19

Angelique Kidjo featuring Christian McBride, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, Mino Cinelu; Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dianne Reeves; Top High School Big Band from the Next Generation Festival; Harry Connick, Jr.; Ahmad Jamal


Friday, September 17

Roy Hargrove Big Band; Nellie McKay; Marcus Roberts Trio; Brass, Bows & Beats; Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition; Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge “Music of Moacir Santos”; the House Jacks; Ben Flocks Quartet; Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Saturday, September 18

Jake Shimabukuro; Chris Potter Underground; Septeto Nacional de Cuba; Gretchen Parlato; Kronos Quartet; Billy Childs Quartet; Somi; Gerald Clayton Trio; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens; John Firmin & the Nocturne Band “A Tribute to Hank Crawford, David “Fathead” Newman & Leroy “Hog” Cooper”; Hristo Vitchev Quartet; Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet; Mo’Fone; Downbeat Blindfold Test with Fred Hersch; Conversation with George Wein

Sunday, September 19

Dianne Reeves “Strings Attached” with Russell Malone & Romero Lubambo; Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band; Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio; Javon Jackson Band with Les McCann “Swiss Movement Revisited”; Fred Hersch Trio; Sachal Vasandani; George Wein & the Newport All-Stars; Kim Nalley; Le Boeuf Brothers; Banana Slug String Band; Conversation with Roy Haynes; Conversation with Sam Stephenson from The Jazz Loft Project; Nice Guy Trio; the Country’s best high school & college bands


Jazz on Film: Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense; Judy Roberts on the Yamaha AvantGrand with Greg Fishman on saxophone; Arena Simulcasts in the Jazz Theater; Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: The Jazz Loft Project. Partial list, with more artists to be announced.

Artists are subject to change.

For more information about the 2010 Festival, you can go to their web site.