Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

When the Monterey Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow, it will be celebrating 60 years of the event.   I recently spoke with Tim Jackson, the artistic director at the Jazz Festival, which supports KAZU.

I started by asking him to take us back to the beginning when local radio disc jockey Jimmy Lyons got it all started.

Cole Thompson

The Monterey Jazz Festival, which supports KAZU, is one of the most iconic annual jazz events in the world.  But despite making its home in Monterey, this region rarely produces the young talent who perform during the event in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. This year is different.

Thanks to Wong family photo collection

The late journalist Herb Wong covered the Monterey Jazz Festival since its start in 1958.  Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, Wong was also a record producer, educator and radio DJ on the former KJAZ in San Francisco.