Head out to Monterey, Calif., for the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world – the 51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held the weekend of Sept. 19-21.
With headliners who include both up-and-coming jazz artists as well as some of the legends of jazz, you won't know which of the nine stages to stick to.
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Just to whet your musical whistle, some names on the bill include: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cassandra Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Maceo Parker, Kurt Elling, Ledisk … need we go on?
Tip: Sunday is the best day for families. Performers that appeal to children play. Anyone older than 2 must have a ticket, but discounts are available for festival-goers ages 2-18.