Countdown to the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

Herbie Hancock, Monterey Jazz Festival, 2014.

We are just two weeks away from the planet’s finest gathering of the tribes: the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

This year’s program includes legends like Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis along with many of the next generation of world class musicians including Ambrose Akinmusire and Snarky Puppy. There’s also a tribute to the late Jaco Pastorius; a nod to the formative jazz/rock fusion sounds of Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Weather Report from my college days.

In anticipation of this year’s fest, I thought I would countdown the next few days with some of my favorite images from Monterey festivals past.

This image of Herbie Hancock was from opening night last year. The final number was a thunderous version of “Rockit” that had the jammed Arena crowd on its collective feet.

Check back for more!

Photograph copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images.

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