Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey
(831) 373-3366 www.montereyjazzfestival.org
Weekly readers are in harmony with some pretty sophisticated jazz cats on this one. Earlier this year, MJF announced that they had won the 2014 JazzTimes Readers Poll for Best Festival. MJF Artistic Director Tim Jackson told JazzTimes it was because they try to make each festival a winning triumvirate of “creative, challenging and fun.” That’s the strategy. The execution was demonstrated on stage last year, where they had Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Brian Blade and Ambrose Akinmusire. All of them are notable for also being voted the best musicians in their category in that JazzTimes poll. The best begets the best.