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Music, All Shook Down Tickets for the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Go On Sale Today

Tickets for the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Go On Sale Today

Tickets for the 59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held in September at the oak tree-studded 20-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center, go on sale today.  On eight stages throughout the tree day event (which occurs September 16 through 18),…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Why the Monterey Jazz Festival Might Be the Best Music Festival in the World

Five Reasons Why the Monterey Jazz Festival Might Be the Best Music Festival in the World

By RYAN RITCHIE The 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival takes place this weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Organizers bill the event as the "long running jazz festival in the world." What they fail to mention, however, is that it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet 'n' Salty

Sweet 'n' Salty

Repeated exposure and adoration from the masses have turned most popular music and art festivals into blown out, oversaturated, and commercialized trash -- vain attempts to recapture the aura and frenetic glory of Woodstock or Monterey Jazz. Today’s festival scene…
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Music, Hear This Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary: Show Preview

Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary: Show Preview

They wrote the world's first hip-hop symphony and performed it at the Monterey Jazz Festival. They held a regular Tuesday night gig at an S.F. club for a decade. They formed a live hip-hop group that rhymed about Bay Area…
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Music, It Happened in Monterey

It Happened in Monterey

In 1958, jazz promoter Jimmy Lyons worked with legendary San Francisco music writer Ralph J. Gleason to organize a jazz festival, the first of its kind on the West Coast. Gleason and Lyons (not to be confused with the late…
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