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 took us on a musical journey sampling the tunes that’ll be featured.
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
You can view the festival for free this year but they’ll be raising money over the three days with that being split between the artists, the NAACP Defense Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The festival says 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.