As the oldest jazz gathering in the world, Monterey Jazz Festival is the hot ticket to secure for anyone who knows their boogie-woogie from their barrelhouse. Over 500 artists perform nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days. United by the power of jazz, this is a great way to immerse oneself in music from some of the world’s best jazz performers, within the low-key surrounds of the Monterey county fairgrounds. Each year, several heavyweights are invited to headline, continuing the legacy of those who played before them. When the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall and Ernestine Anderson count among the great, we begin to understand why this event continues to pull the crowds.
Alongside the music, spend time watching jazz films, attend panel discussions, browse the exhibitions and listen to some of the student musicians who are performing. When hunger and thirst set in, the Taste Tent is on hand with locally brewed beer and wine, while food is served up by Monterey restaurants.
An entire trip could be planned around both festival and the coastal landscape which surrounds it, so be sure to plan ahead and explore by car when replete with jazz.
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