Not live, but digital, shared to audiences around the world

Exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival! Across the three days, September 25-27, 2020, streamed online each day from 5-7 pm Pacific Time

Monterey Jazz Festival has always been on the leading edge with a finger on the pulse of the jazz world. In the late 50s, then musical director John Lewis said “We wanted the Festival to reflect what had happened to jazz throughout the year. We wanted the festival to be a newsletter for the music in the United States of America.” This year, MJF recognizes the need to shine a spotlight not only on what has been happening with the music, but even more importantly with the Black community which is so integral to jazz and the Festival. One hundred percent of online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to jazz artists featured at the Virtual Festival.

We know its not the same as live performance, but this is a chance to see and hear some jazz greats, with the funds raised going to artists and some good causes.

About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public historically black colleges and universities, medical schools, and law schools. TMCU is dedicated to transforming the lives of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions. Talented students from diverse backgrounds gain access to lifelong rewards. 

Founded in 1940 by Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. The new political landscape and a retrenchment in key areas of civil rights poses unprecedented threats to the hard-won gains of the last half century. From new assaults on voting rights, to a renewed push to undermine equal access to quality education, to the need to reimagine public safety in America, LDF faces significant challenges in every area of its work.

  • Friday, September 25:
    • Herbie Hancock
    • Dianne Reeves
    • Roy Hargrove & RH Factor
    • Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic Project
    • Jamie Cullum
    • Christian McBride & Inside Straight
    • Christian Sands, the 2020 and 2021 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence
    • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
  •  Saturday, September 26:
    • Tribute to Dave Brubeck with Cannery Row Suite featuring Kurt Elling & Roberta Gambarini
    • Eastwood at Monterey with Diana Krall & Kenny Barron Trio
    • Regina Carter
    • Our Native Daughters featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell
    • Clint Eastwood in conversation with Tim Jackson
    • Berklee Institute of Jazz & Gender Justice Quintet
    • Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo
    • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
  • 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 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    • Angela Davis in conversation with Terri Lyne Carrington
    • 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour with musical director Christian Sands and Cecil McLorin Salvant on vocals
    • Lila Downs
    • 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with musical director Christian McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals
    • Gerald Clayton Quartet
    • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    • & More to be announced!

*“Roy Hargrove” is a registered trademark of Roy Hargrove Legacy LLC. Used with permission.

Support MJF Today

We know this time is hard for everyone, and we are so grateful to each of you for sticking by us. We believe that festivals, and the Monterey Jazz Festival specifically, is an incredible gathering of community around amazing music – it brings joy to our lives, and solace to our souls. We ask you to consider supporting the Monterey Jazz Festival today with a donation – so we can continue to bring this festival to you now and for years to come.

Editor of Jazz Australia, formerly contributor to Sydney Morning Herald and Women's Money MagazineMusic programmer and producer