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This Year’s Monterey Jazz Festival Will Be Remotely Different

Monterey Jazz Festival (screen shot taken by Michelle Loxton)
This year's performance by the festival's New Generation Jazz Orchestra is a feat in itself. The band performs together remotely.

For the first time in its history, the Monterey Jazz Festival will be completely virtual this year. It won’t be live. Instead, it will be appointment viewing. That means from September 25, for three days, you’ll have to be in front of a screen between 5 and 7 p.m. PST if you want to catch all the performances. 


KAZU’s Michelle Loxton takes us on a musical journey sampling the tunes that’ll be featured.

Performances included:

Dianne Reeves - Nine

Christian Sands - Can’t Find My Way Home

Quincy Jones Tribute - Killer Joe

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra - Beginning to See The Light

Gerald Clayton Quartet - Evidence

Credit Monterey Jazz Festival
Gerald Clayton has been coming to the Monterey Jazz Festival since he was part of the high school jazz band competition. This year he is directing the New Generation Jazz Orchestra. The Gerald Clayton Quartet will also perform.

You can view the festival for free this year but they’ll be raising money over the three days for the artists, the NAACP Defense Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. 

Festival organizers say this is part of recognizing that jazz comes from the heart of Black culture and wanting to serve as a platform for artists to share social justice messages.


From 2019 to 2021 Michelle Loxton worked at KAZU as an All Things Considered host and reporter. During that time she reported on a variety of topics from the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid epidemic and local elections. Loxton was part of the news team that won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for the continued coverage of the four major wildfires that engulfed California’s Central Coast in 2020.
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