2018 Grounds Artists


FRIDAY, 9.21.18

Christian McBride Trio with Benny Green & Greg Hutchinson

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Cameron Graves

Jane Ira Bloom


Adam Rogers & Dice

Tammy L. Hall Peace-tet with Special Guest Kim Nalley

Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara

Hristo Vitchev Quartet

Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR

Anastassiya Petrova Organ Quartet, from Berklee College of Music

Red Clay

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Combo

Dave Becker Central Coast All-Stars

Blue Note at Sea Tent:

Blue Note at Sea Welcome Party
Remembering Ray Brown with Christian McBride, Benny Green & Don Was


SATURDAY, 9.22.18

Lean on Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers

Donny McCaslin Group

Dave Grusin Solo Piano

Ingrid & Christine Jensen Infinitude

Fred Hersch Solo, Duo (with Jane Ira Bloom), Trio

Tia Fuller's Diamond Cut

No BS! Brass Band

Mwenso & the Shakes

Thornetta Davis Detroit’s Queen of the Blues

Harold López-Nussa Trio

John Santos Sextet Unusual Standards
    With Kenny Washington & Destani Wolf

Jamie Baum Septet+

The Baylor Project

Kristen Strom The Music of John Shifflett

32nd Street Brass Band from the US Navy

Anastassiya Petrova Organ Quintet, from Berklee College of Music

Akili & Ayana Bradley Quinte​t

Conversation with Dianne Reeves

Conversation with Dave Grusin

Top bands from the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival:

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts Combo
Colburn Jazz Workshop Thursday Night Band
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band
Western Michigan University Gold Company
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors Trio​
William Brandt Combo

Student bands at the North Coast Brewing Co. Jazz Education Stage

San Jose Jazz U19 Combo
San Francisco Conservatory RJAM II
San Francisco Conservatory RJAM I
William Brandt Combo
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Alumni Jam
University of Denver Lamont Jazz Orchestra
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I

Blue Note at Sea Tent:

Remembering Geri Allen with Tia Fuller & Ingrid Jensen
Blue Note Listening Session with Don Was
Charles Lloyd in Conversation with Don Was
Jazz Cruise Info Session

José James in Conversation with Don Was
José James CD Signing

SUNDAY, 9.23.18

Debut Performance
Dianne Reeves & Beleza Brazil

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour:
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana,
Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross

Wadada Leo Smith presents America’s National Parks

Organ Blow Out!
Joey DeFrancesco & the People
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Bobby Floyd Trio

Bill Frisell Trio

Veronica Swift

Julian Lage Trio

Katie Thiroux Trio


Will Vinson Quartet

Gabriel Royal

Gary Meek Quintet

Aya Takazawa Quintet

DownBeat Blindfold Test with John Clayton

MJF Conversation Series: The Legacy of Michael Brecker

Panel Discussion: Women in Jazz Part II, The Conversation Continues
The Gender Equity Question
Melissa Aldana, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg
Hosted by Suzan Jenkins

MJF Monterey County High School All-Star Band

MJF Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Top bands from the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival:

University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I
University of Denver Lamont Jazz Orchestra
Valencia High School Two N’ Four
Folsom High School Jazz Choir I
El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble
Downey High School Jazz Band I
Northgate High School Jazz Band I

FAMILY DAY! Visit the North Coast Brewing Co. Jazz Education Stage

Marcie Chapa & YOSAL Bucket Band
Robert Papacica Combo
North Beach Brass Band
Derek Smith and Pankind Steel Drum Band

Brubeck Institute Quintet
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors Combo

More to come!

Blue Note at Sea Tent:

Jazz Cruise Info Session
Blue Note Listening Session with Don Was
Guitar Talk with Bill Frisell & Julian Lage
Charles Lloyd & Lucinda Williams CD Signing
Blue Note at Sea Free Cabin Drawing


Addison Frei on the Yamaha AvantGrand on the Courtyard Stage

Jazz on Film: 
Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time
Documentary about the adventure-filled life & extraordinary career of composer/pianist Dave Grusin
Directed by Barbara Bentree

Two Trains Runnin’
Grammy-nominated documentary, narrated by Common, that pays tribute to a pioneering generation of blues musicians
Directed by Sam Pollard

Jimmy Lyons Stage Simulcasts in the Jazz Theater

Converstions, CD signings, and more in the Blue Note at Sea Tent

Pacific Jazz Café Exhibit: The Color of Jazz: Album cover photographs by Pete Turner

Partial list. More artists to come.