Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival is held annually on the third weekend in September in Monterey, California. Founded in 1958 by James L. Lyons and jazz critic Ralph J. Gleason, appeared on such well-known jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday in that year. Today it is the oldest existing, held annually jazz festival in the world. The main concert program is framed by workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions.

An important objective of the festival is to finance US-wide jazz - support programs. Each year, the festival achieved with its frame program revenues in the six-figure dollar range.

In September 2014, the Festival takes place for the 57th time. Announced are around 500 artists on a large and seven smaller stages, including stars such as Herbie Hancock, Shawn Colvin, Charles Lloyd, Booker T. Jones and Eric Harland.

Longtime Photographer of the festival was since the 1970s, Ron Hudson ( 1940-2011 ), who reached his portraits to prominence.