Monterey Jazz Festival

Join all the cool cats at the Monterey Jazz Festival where you’ll hear world-class performances, engaging lectures and panel discussions in the historic setting of beautiful Monterey.
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Program No. 4628RJ
5 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Savor the offerings of the internationally famous Monterey Jazz Festival under the tutelage of a special musician and teacher who provides an inside view of the American jazz scene. Beginning in 1957, “Monterey” is the granddaddy of American jazz festivals and features the finest of world class-performers. Experience all five Main Arena concerts as well as the festival’s magnificent oak-studded grounds featuring films, conversations with the Festival’s stars, exhibitions and over 500 artists performing throughout 8 stages.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In sessions with a professional jazz musician, prepare for each performance with presentations about music and musicians and gain insider knowledge about the American jazz scene.
  • Experience all the Monterey Jazz Festival has to offer with access to all five Main Arena concerts, as well all stages and activities on the festival grounds.
  • Enjoy the beauty of oak-studded Carmel Valley with lodgings at a history country inn, dating back to the 1800s’ Spanish Rancheros.

General Notes

Transportation to all events included. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The History of Jazz — Second Edition
by Ted Gioia
Monterey Jazz Festival — Forty Legendary Years
by William Minor
Bill Minor is a local Monterey Peninsula author and jazz pianist. He is a longtime friend of the instructor. This is the best history that she knows that has been written on the festival.

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