Getting on/off a bus. Walking a minimum of 200 yards to Main Arena, other walking according to personal preference to stages spread across 20 acres; mostly even pathways and grounds. The Monterey County Fairgrounds main entrance is handicapped accessible; advise Hidden Valley well in advance if you need wheelchair seating in the Arena. Listening devices available at no charge at Patron Services inside the Fairgrounds.
At the Lodge, the fresh daily buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, granola, cereal, fresh fruit, homemade muffins, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll attend a Jazz History-Repertoire class led by our jazz teacher/performer who will discuss the festival performers and their repertoire. The first Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1958 featured jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.
At the Lodge, we’ll have a plated, freshly prepared lunch from the Lodge’s kitchen with entrées such as a gourmet sandwich or chicken Caesar salad. Save room for dessert — it might be homemade cookies.
In our next Jazz History-Repertoire class, we’ll learn more about the festival performers and their repertoire. Each year the Monterey Jazz Festival brings together over 500 performing artists from all over the world. The Festival weekend features 130 performances across 8 different stages. These artists cover a diverse and vibrant range of musical styles and influences, making the Monterey Jazz Festival a role model in the performing arts, reaching heights that founder Jimmy Lyons imagined it could ever be.
Lodge plated meal.
We will travel by bus to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and attend the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival. Drop off will be on Garden Road by the Gate 3 ticket entrance. Our tickets permit us to explore the entire festival and attend the performances we choose in the Arena and seven others stages spread across 20 acres of oak-studded grounds. The Arena has backed reserved seats to relax and enjoy the performances. The Arena performances Friday evening are Dianne Reeves, A Tribute to Geri Allen, and Wynton Marsalis’ “Spaces”. Dianne Reeves, the pre-eminent jazz vocalist, is this year’s MJF Legend Award Honoree and Showcase Artist. Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen present a Tribute to Geri Allen with Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Shamie Royston, Maurice Chestnut, DJ Val, and Robert Hurst. Allen was one of the most accomplished pianists, composers, and educators of her time, leaving behind a wealth of groundbreaking music to inspire future generations. Terri Lyne Carrington expresses “Her virtuosity and musicality are unparalleled. … She is a true original – a one of a kind – never to be forgotten.” Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, present Marsalis’ new work, Spaces, in this self-described ‘animal ballet’. Marsalis brought on Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley and Jared Grimes – two young dancers - to the project as they convey the essential components of movement and improvisation. Riley specializes in jookin, a freestyle based street dance, originating in Memphis. Grimes specializes in tap, hip-hop, and street dance. For more information about the artists performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival please visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org. The bus will return to the lodge after the last scheduled concert, approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. For those who wish to return to the lodge earlier, there will be a bus at approximately 10:00 p.m.