About Monterey Jazz Festival

The 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 27-29, 2019.

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.

We are proud to provide year-round Jazz Education Programs, showcased in our annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. We are pleased to present the world's best jazz entertainment in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in the world.

Held every September on the Monterey County Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival began as a dream for founder Jimmy Lyons and his co-founder and colleague, Ralph Gleason. It was a dream of a "sylvan setting with the best jazz people in the whole world playing on the same stage, having a whole weekend of jazz." That dream became reality in 1958, with the first Monterey Jazz Festival bringing in artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.

Every year since then, in late September the Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration, bringing that same caliber of talent to the now-eight stages on the Monterey Fairgrounds. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Monterey Jazz Festival is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation.

If you are an artist and are looking for information about performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival, please click here.

If you are a vendor and would like to apply to sell at the Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, please click here.

If you are a student performer or band director and would like to find out information about the Next Generation Jazz Festival, please click here.

Since the beginning, the Monterey Jazz Festival has been committed to presenting, nurturing and celebrating all jazz artists. To this end, Monterey Jazz Festival has adopted the We Have Voice Collective code of conduct. This code is about ensuring safe spaces for all musicians, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, etc. to work and perform in – something we strive towards every day at Monterey Jazz Festival, and an initiative we are proud to support.




2016 MJF Annual Report

2017 MJF Annual Report

2018 MJF Annual Report