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Monterey Jazz Festival Curated Collection

ThinOPTICS reading glasses that support jazz education

In 2017, Monterey Jazz Festival is celebrating 60 years of producing one of the top international jazz festivals. In addition, the Festival has been providing high-quality music education since the beginning, creating opportunities for young musicians to work one-on-one with jazz legends, and putting instruments into the hands of students who are interested in exploring jazz.

The Monterey Jazz Festival ThinOPTICS Curated Collection benefits the Monterey Jazz Festival year-round jazz education programs. 20% of the net profit of your purchase will go to Monterey Jazz Festival's Jazz Education programs to directly benefit young students.

Some of the artists that have traveled through the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz education programs as teenagers include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Eric Marienthal, Ted Nash, and Dave Koz; trombonist Andy Martin, flutist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos and Ambrose Akinmusire, and big band leader Gordon Goodwin, to name a few.

About Monterey Jazz Festival

The longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at MJF58, 2015.

Co-founded by Jimmy Lyons and Ralph J. Gleason in 1958, the nonprofit Monterey Jazz Festival has presented nearly every major artist in the world—from Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, and Miles Davis, to contemporary masters Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, and Terence Blanchard.

In 2017, the Festival takes place September 15-17, and features the world’s leading jazz artists, including National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Jimmy Heath, and Branford Marsalis; as well as many other world-renowned artists like Leslie Odom Jr, Common, Angélique Kidjo, Chris Thile, Regina Carter, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and many others on eight stages.

Held annually during the third full weekend in September on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Monterey Jazz Festival is the inspiration for the fabled 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and is an international icon and model for subsequent music festivals across the world.

As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. Schools in Monterey County and thousands of students have been the benefactors of the Festival's educational efforts through the Monterey Jazz in the Schools Program, Summer Jazz Camp and Monterey County All-Star Bands. The Festival now spends over $500,000 annually on its programs, including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, gathering the best student bands from across the nation each spring, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, selecting the country’s best musicians for international summer tours each year, and the Artist-In-Residence Program, which brings renowned artists to work with young musicians in performances and clinics at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Billie Holiday at MJF1, 1958.
Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie at MJF6, 1963.
Miles Davis Quintet at MJF12, 1969.
Herbie Hancock at MJF54, 2011.
Ambrose Akinmusire at MJF59, 2016.