Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest consecutively-running jazz festival in the world
Beacon Staff Reporter
Calgary jazz fans are in for a treat as the Monterey Jazz Festival visits the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Jan. 20.
The one-and only Monterey Jazz Festival, which has always been at the forefront of modern jazz, will perform with an impressive roster of musical heavyweights.
This also happens to be an exclusive presentation called Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary, celebrating the festival’s legacy of expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation.
The show features legends such as jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy award-winning bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, renowned saxophonist Chris Potter and fresh-faced trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Each artist is a headliner in their own right, but their chemistry as an all-star ensemble promises an evening no jazz fan should miss.
The event on Jan. 20 in Calgary is the first of three BD&P World Music Series concerts. The other two will be held at Celtic Crossroads on March 22, and at Hugh Masekela on April 23.
The Calgary event begins a 7 p.m. with pre-show entertainment featuring the Ralf Buschmeyer Duo at 6 p.m.
First presented in 1958 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, the festival realized a dream of a “sylvan setting with the best jazz people in the whole world playing on the same stage, having a whole weekend of jazz.”
The tickets are priced $45 – $65 and available at EPCOR CENTRE’s box office at 403.294.9494 or online at epcorcentre.org.
The tour captures the festival’s adventurous, exuberant spirit with an evening of classic songs and dynamic improvisation.