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The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival 50 Years by Keith and Kent Zimmerman

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In 1997, Bill Minor wrote Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, a detailed history of the first 40 years of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Now at the time of the 50th festival, The Art of Jazz celebrates the occasion with a breezier look at Monterey’s legacy, written by Keith and Kent Zimmerman.

Each of the five decades is covered with a five-page essay (with space for four to six photos), a full-page photo, 10 pages that simply list the performers at each year’s festival (often just the bandleaders and all-star guests) and 10 other pages showing the cover of each year’s official program. The 260 pages go fast and can be easily read in less than two hours.

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