The Monterey Jazz Festival turns 60 this year.

And jazz fans from all over the Golden State, and well beyond, will turn out to celebrate the occasion Sept. 15-17 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.

They’ll be joined by some 500 artists, including such well-known musicians as Herbie Hancock, Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau. Yet, it’s not just about the big names. This year’s festival also features Miles Mosley, Joel Frahm, GoGo Penguin, Kandace Springs, Mr. Sipp and many other acts deserving of wider exposure.

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Want to get in on the fun? Weekend passes run $52-$410 and single-day tickets are $20-$164; 888-248-6499,

Here are some of the top acts to catch:

Regina Carter: The acclaimed jazz violinist is the 2017 Showcase Artist, which means she’ll be really busy during this year’s festival. She performs three times over three days, tackling three different programs. She’s doing an Ella Fitzgerald tribute on Sept. 15, then performs with her quartet on Sept. 16 and revisits 2014’s “Southern Comfort” on Sept. 17. Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Jimmy Lyons Stage; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Night Club; 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Dizzy’s Den.

Alicia Olatuja: The St. Louis native turned heads in a big way when she performed as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2013. She has gone on to perform with such jazz icons as Billy Childs and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and now leads her own jazz outfit. She released the solo debut “Timeless” in 2014. Details: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Night Club.

Joel Frahm Quartet: Frahm is one of jazz music’s best kept secrets — a wonderful saxophonist who just keeps doing quality work. Of course, he’s no …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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