• Monterey Jazz Festival Wins “Best Festival” in 2014 JazzTimes Readers Poll

    Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that it was voted as the #1 Festival in the 2014 JazzTimes Readers Poll in the “Best of the Jazz Industry” category for the second year in a row, and the fifth time since 2006. The 57th Monterey Jazz Festival took top honors over the Newport, New Orleans, and Montreal jazz festivals respectively.

    “We are delighted that the Monterey Jazz Festival has continued in the top position with JazzTimes readers,” said Tim Jackson, Monterey Jazz Festival artistic director. “Our organization works diligently to produce creative, challenging and fun events that honor both the legacy of our history and the amazing musicians who participate each year.”

    Monterey Jazz Festival has previously won the JazzTimes Readers Poll in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2013. The Festival was voted in the runner-up position in 2010 and 2012, and placed #3 in 2011.

    The JazzTimes Readers Poll, established in 1990, is a fan-based online poll, and covers a variety of categories. Some of the top musicians who performed at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival were also voted as winners, including Ambrose Akinmusire (Artist of the Year, #1; Best New Release, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint, #1; Best Acoustic Small Group, #3; Best Trumpet, #3); Herbie Hancock (Best Piano, #1, Best Electric Keyboard, #1, and Best Electric Jazz Group, #3); Christian McBride (Best Acoustic Bass, #1); and Brian Blade (Best Drums, #1).

    Other MJF57 artists in the poll include Eric Harland (#3 Drums); Cecile McLorin Salvant (#2 New Artist and #2 Female Vocalist); Jon Batiste (#3 New Artist); Melissa Aldana (#4 New Artist); Bobby Hutcherson (#2 Vibraphone); Zakir Hussain #2 Percussionist); Marcus Miller (#2 Electric Bass); and Billy Childs (#4 Arranger). More information can be found on the JazzTimes Web site, www.jazztimes.com.

    The 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 18-20, 2015, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as Artist-In-Residence. Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will be the Commission Artist and will premiere a new work on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 22, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Arts & Music


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