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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

Performance Information

In a perfect marriage of jazz’s proud history and promising future, an international sextet of top millennial musicians takes the stage at Strathmore to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the wildly successful and longest continuously running jazz festival in the world. Boasting numerous accolades—including Grammy nominations and awards and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition wins—this virtuoso ensemble performs fresh arrangements of jazz standards along with their own exciting originals.

With a line-up composed entirely of highly regarded band leaders, the ensemble comprises singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, who recently collected her third “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy; pianist, music director, and five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands, hailed by NPR for "a display of casual ebullience that would impress at any age”; Canadian singer/trumpeter/songwriter and JUNO Award–winner Bria Skonberg, called one of the "most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal; Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition; Tokyo-born bassist Yasushi Nakamura, whose list of collaborators includes Wynton Marsalis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones, and Dave Douglas; and drummer/vocalist Jamison Ross, another Monk Competition winner who has worked with Christian McBride, Jonathan Batiste, Dr. John, and many other luminaries. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals
Bria Skonberg, trumpet
Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone
Christian Sands, piano & music director
Yasushi Nakamura, bass
Jamison Ross, drums

Co-presented with Strathmore

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Altria Group, Inc.; Lydia Micheaux Marshall; Stillwater LLC/Ms. Janice J. Kim and Mr. Anthony L. Otten; and Susan and John Gurley.