45th Monterey Jazz Festival
Sunday, the future of jazz was firmly represented by all of the high school and university bands that showcased their talents for the afternoon portion of the jazz festival. Pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalist Nancy Wilson delighted the crowd while performing as a duet and while performing solo.
The 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival culminated with an outstanding performance by Dave Brubeck with special guest Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Byron Stripling, and Lizz Wright, as well as a wonderful set provided by Randy Weston with special guest Billy Harper. For those without tickets to the main events on the Jimmy Lyons stage, or bent on watching television, there was a simulcast of those concerts set up in the jazz theater and in the Turf Club.
The 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, without a doubt, is the best jazz festival in the world. It's a little bit of heaven for jazz patrons who have been attending the Monterey Jazz Festival from the very beginning and probably will to the very end.