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Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Marsalis serves as this year's festival Artist-In-Residence, performing with the LCJO on the main festival stage Saturday night, and holding court for three full sets Sunday night in the intimate Dizzy's Den. Marsalis will also join the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (directed by Paul Contos) on Sunday afternoon in the main arena.

This year's commissioned piece features Oakland-born trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who will premiere "The Myth of Erasure" on Saturday night. Akinmusire, who will also perform a second set later in the evening, has been described by The New Yorker as "a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing."


Multiple Grammy® award-winning keyboardist Chick Corea

The Festival features 500 artists, nearly 100 performances and events on eight stages and more, for 30 hours of live music over two days and three nights, accompanied by international cuisine, shopping, art exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with iconic and emerging jazz artists on the oak-studded, 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center.

In addition to the Main Arena performances, a global array of musicians will be performing all weekend at several smaller stages around the fairgrounds site. Among this year's artists: perennial MJF favorite, trumpeter Terence Blanchard; the Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton; the young French jazz singer and guitarist, Cyrille Aimée; Etienne Charles & Creold Soul; jazz vocalist Lizz Wright; guitarist David Gilmour and Energies of Change; saxophonist Dann Zinn's bass-less trio, featuring drummer Peter Erskine and guitarist Chris Robinson; the Michael O'Neill Quintet with vocalist Kenny Washington; and the "Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour" showcase featuring Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, keyboardist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders, drummer Justin Brown, and celebrated jazz/R&B singer Patti Austin.

Also performing around the grounds this year: the Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet; the Gypsy jazz-inspired NY trio, Musette Explosion; 78-year-old Cuban master vocalist Ernesto Oviedo with the John Santos Sextet; veteran bluesman Lucky Peterson; "Crossing Borders" featuring Canadian jazz singer and pianist Jennifer Scott and Bay Area-based saxophonist Kristen Strom; singer, guitarist and songwriter Allan Harris and his latest project, "Black Bar Jukebox"; the Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute band; singer and "Southern fireball" Nikki Hill; trumpeter and composer Theo Croker; and the rock-meets-chamber music quintet Kneebody.

Capping the musical weekend are a Friday night tribute to the music of celebrated bassist, composer and Weather Report veteran Jaco Pastorius featuring saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Bob Sheppard, drummers Peter Erskine and Alex Acuna, a trio of all-star bassists (Victor Bailey, Christian McBride, and Jaco's son, Felix Pastorius), and more performers TBA, all conducted by Grammy award-winner Vince Mendoza; and pianist Geri Allen's 60th anniversary all-star tribute to Errol Garner's legendary "Concert by the Sea," recorded in 1955 by MJF founder Jimmy Lyons in the years before the festival took root along the central California coast, and featuring pianists Jason Moran and Christian Sands, guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Darek Oles, and one of the jazz world's true "elder statesmen," drummer Jimmy Cobb.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the 58th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, call 888.248.6499 or visit the Monterey Jazz Festival website.

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