Monterey Jazz Festival

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2000 Fairgrounds Road
Monterey, CA 93940-7105
ph. 925-275-9255
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The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 20-22, 2013 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.

We are proud to provide year-round Jazz Education Programs, showcased in our annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. We are pleased to present the world's best jazz entertainment in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in the world.

Held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival began as a dream for founder Jimmy Lyons and his co-founder and colleague, Ralph Gleason. It was a dream of a “sylvan setting with the best jazz people in the whole world playing on the same stage, having a whole weekend of jazz.” That dream became reality in 1958, with the first Monterey Jazz Festival bringing in artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.

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Directions: The Monterey Jazz Festival takes place on the Monterey County Fairgrounds, located at 2000 Fairground Road in Monterey, California. From the North: Take Highway 1 to Monterey Bay area and exit at Casa Verde. Turn left onto Casa Verde and follow to the Fairgrounds. From the South: Take Highway 1 to Monterey Bay area and exit at Casa Verde. Turn right onto Casa Verde and follow to the Fairgrounds. From Highway 101 and Salinas: Take Highway 68 Westbound toward Monterey. Take the Fremont Street exit. Stay on Fremont Street and turn right at Casa Verde and follow to the Fairgrounds. From the Monterey Airport: Exit the airport and turn right onto Garden Road. Turn right onto Fairground Road which will lead to the Main Entrance of the Fairgrounds.

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