Monterey Jazz Festival: 60 Years of Musical Magic

Yamaha partnership supports MJF’s music education programs and benefits performers and concertgoers alike.

For more than four decades, Yamaha Corporation of America has partnered with the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) to provide world-class instruments for the festival’s multiple stages and rehearsal areas, as well as support for the organization’s many educational programs designed to nurture and develop young jazz musicians. As the official supplier of drum sets and pianos during the three-day festival, Yamaha helps ensure consistent and exceptional sound quality for performers and concertgoers alike.

The MJF is the nation’s oldest continuous running jazz series. Throughout its long history it has brought thousands of artists from across the globe to create musical magic amid the beauty of the Monterey peninsula. The 2016 Festival attracted an audience of over 36,000 and featured a line-up that ranged from jazz legend Quincy Jones to emerging talents such as Jacob Collier and Joey Alexander. More than 500 artists appeared during the event, showcasing the best jazz has to offer and performing on everything from the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano to the Absolute Hybrid Maple drums.

The 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds September 15-17, 2017 and will present over 100 shows on eight stages. In addition, this year’s Jazz Legends Gala, honoring legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock, will be held on Thursday, September 14 at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California. The Gala benefits MJF’s numerous jazz education programs, including Monterey Jazz in the Schools, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County Honor Ensembles and the MJF Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library.

Learn more about the MJF programs and festival in these videos:

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