|<THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, returns to the road in 2016. Featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists, the latest edition of the all-star tour band features RAUL MIDON on guitar and vocals; RAVI COLTRANE on tenor and soprano saxophones; NICHOLAS PAYTON on trumpet; musical director GERALD CLAYTON on piano; JOE SANDERS on bass; and JUSTIN BROWN on drums. World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival has stayed true to expanding live performances of jazz around the country since 2008 by presenting national tours that have reached over 100,000 fans in 135 shows across the United States and Canada.
Raul Midón has appeared at Monterey twice, in 2009 and in 2011. Ravi Coltrane first appeared at Monterey in 2001, nearly 41 years to the day after his own father, John Coltrane, made his debut at Monterey in 1960. Ravi recently appeared at the Festival in 2013. Nicholas Payton makes his first return to Monterey since 2000, when he was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence. Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders and Justin Brown, some of the rising stars in the jazz world, have been recent performers on Monterey stages, both at the Monterey Jazz Festival itself, and as high school students at the Festival’s student competition, the Next Generation Jazz Festival.
This performance is made possible through generous funding from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.
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