The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest, continuously running jazz festival in the world (b. 1958). It is world-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs. This year’s lineup reflects Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude and jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance. Featuring leading critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning jazz artists, the band consists of saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Raul Midón on guitar. Anchoring the tour is a remarkable trio featuring Joe Sanders on bass, Gregory Hutchinson on drums and MJF On Tour musical director Gerald Clayton.