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Monterey Jazz Festival Schedule for September Fest
The 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will span generations of jazz, offering fans everything from the Festival’s historic traditions to new music, new groups and new artists, with over 500 jazz greats performing on 7 stages spread across the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds, September 20 - 22, 2002. Tickets are now available at 925/275-9255 or on line at www.montereyjazzfestival.org. Fans are advised to order tickets immediately to ensure availability of Arena Packages.

Friday night’s Arena concert on the Jimmy Lyons Stage will showcase new groups and younger artists under the title, "Fresh Perspectives". Joshua Redman, a Monterey favorite whose talent was recognized by the Festival’s jazz education programs early on (while Redman was still a high schooler), will open the evening with his new group, including Brian Blade on drums and Sam Yahel on keyboards. Redman will be followed on the Lyons Stage by Don Byron, the Festival’s commissioned artist for 2002. Byron, who delighted Festival audiences with his "Bug Music" in 1997, will be premiering an expanded version of "Music for Six Musicians" in a work commissioned by The Monterey Jazz Festival. Byron will also serve as the Festival’s "Showcase Monterey" artist, appearing in a variety of venues with a variety of groups throughout the Festival weekend. Closing out Friday night’s Lyons Stage program will be Monterey favorite Roy Hargrove, debuting his new group, RH Factor, along with an as-yet-to-be announced vocal contingent.

"Women In Jazz" will be the focus of Saturday afternoon’s blues show in the Arena, with performances by Monterey veteran Etta James & The Roots Band, recent Grammy award winner Marcia Ball, and Chicago blues stylist, Big Time

Sarah.

Saturday night’s salute to the bass ("Bass Is the Place") will honor Charles Mingus’ 80th birthday celebration with appearances by the Mingus Big Band, Charlie Haden Special Project, and The Heath Brothers, with a focus on Percy Heath, who performed in the 1958 inaugural Monterey Festival as bassist with The Modern Jazz Quartet.

In keeping with Sunday afternoon’s traditional salute to student musicians in the Arena, The Heath Brothers will perform on the Jimmy Lyons Stage with The Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band. The Sunday afternoon concert will open with a special appearance by Nancy Wilson & Ramsey Lewis, and will include performances by the winners of the Festival’s 32nd Annual High School Jazz Competition (April 5 – 7 at the Monterey Fairgrounds), including the winning big band, combo and vocal group.

The Lyons Stage concerts will culminate on Sunday night with "Monterey Legends Celebrate our 45th Anniversary", legends including Dave Brubeck, another Monterey inaugural performer in 1958. In a much anticipated event to be hosted by Festival Board Director, Clint Eastwood, the Dave Brubeck Quartet will revisit selections from "The Real Ambassadors" (which premiered at Monterey in 1962), performing along with Roy Hargrove, vocalist Lizz Wright and other artists to be announced. The evening will close with another Monterey legend, Randy Weston, who will be reinterpreting his classic recording "Monterey ‘66" with his sextet and special guest Billy Harper.

Arena Packages are available from $150 and include the same seat (renewable every year) for all five Jimmy Lyons Stage concerts, as well as complete access to all jazz entertainment spread over the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds, site of the Monterey Jazz Festival since 1958.

General Admission Grounds Tickets are also available, from $25 for Friday night, and $35 for all day and all night on Saturday or Sunday. Fans should note that prices for Daily Grounds Tickets will go up by $5 per adult ticket at the Festival and that discounts for students and children under 12 are available for Grounds Admission purchase. The Festival will once again offer its popular Full Weekend Grounds Package for $80 which, in addition to saving patrons $15 on the purchase of Daily Tickets, guarantees access to all three Festival days. Patrons should note that Saturday Grounds admission has reached capacity early in the day for the past several years, and that purchase of a Full Weekend Grounds Package ensures access to the popular Saturday programming.

General Admission Grounds Tickets will include entertainment by a star studded line-up of Lyons Stage artists performing in grounds venues, including Dave Brubeck, the Mingus Big Band, The Heath Brothers, Don Byron, Randy Weston, Billy Harper, Roy Hargrove, Marcia Ball and Big Time Sarah. Grounds Admission also allows access to the popular Jazz Theater, featuring live simulcasts of Jimmy Lyons Stage concerts on a 9' x 12' theater screen, as well as historic footage of Charles Mingus.

Grounds Admission patrons will also have access to five additional stages spread throughout the Fairgrounds (including the Garden Stage, Night Club, Dizzy's Den, Coffee House Gallery and the Courtyard Stage) featuring top name international and regional jazz artists performing nonstop, throughout the Festival weekend.

In addition, Grounds Admission will include "A Matter of Time: The Brubeck Collection", a weekend long show of classic jazz memorabilia from Dave Brubeck’s own personal archives; a jazz conversation with Dave Brubeck, and a conversation with The Heath Brothers; a panel discussion on Charles Mingus with Sue Mingus and members of the Mingus Big Band; a Downbeat Magazine "Blindfold Test"; and more jazz entertainment to be announced.

Friday Grounds artists will include Dave Brubeck & Sons, The Heath Brothers, Roy Hargrove & RH Factor, Anthony Wonsey Trio, Paula West, Lizz Wright, Sylvia Cuenca Group, Roberta Gambarini and more artists to be announced.

Saturday Grounds artists will include Don Byron/Music for Six Musicians, A Conversation with Dave Brubeck, A Tribute to Bay Area Percussionists Orestes Vilato, John Santos and Michael Spiro, Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts, Mingus Amungus, Renè Marie, Taylor Eigsti Trio, Marcia Ball, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and more artists to be announced.

Sunday Grounds artists will include the Mingus Big Band, Randy Weston Sextet with special guest Billy Harper, Don Byron Duo, a return of the Festival’s hot Hammond B3 Blowout with Rhoda Scott & Houston Person and Masters of the Groove with Reuben Wilson, the country’s best High School & College jazz groups and more artists to be announced.

Patrons interested in purchasing Arena Packages, Daily General Admission Grounds Tickets or Full Weekend Grounds Packages are strongly advised to buy tickets now. Further information is available from the Monterey Jazz Festival Box Office (925/275-9255) and on the festival's web site, www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

Fri Apr 12 2002 (5:49:24 PM)

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