The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is headed to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, Sept. 20-22. That means it's time to start plotting how to take it all in, including these Arena headliners: saxophonist Wayne Shorter (grand old man of the festival, at age 80); vocalists Diana Krall and Bobby McFerrin; Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (featuring Omara Portuondo & Elides Ochoa); bassist Dave Holland and his electric PRISM band; plus guitarist/singer George Benson, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas.

And so it goes.

Wayne Shorter performs with his quartet at the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Joe
Wayne Shorter performs with his quartet at the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin) ( Joe Giblin )

Also on tap in the Arena: the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (performing a new composition honoring the memory of Dave Brubeck); the Bob James-David Sanborn band (with Steve Gadd on drums); and singing sensation Gregory Porter. Then, you can always head out to the seven smaller stages around the fairgrounds, where some of the above-listed artists will again perform. So will saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, Lou Donaldson and Claire Daly; pianists Cedar Walton, Uri Caine, Marc Cary and Orrin Evans; organist Dr. Lonnie Smith; singers Mary Stallings and Carmen Lundy; and guitarists Charlie Hunter and Anthony Wilson.

Exhausted yet? There's more: full details at http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2013/artists-2013.


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About tickets: Renewals start now. Weekend passes for the general public go on sale May 21. Single-day become available July 8.

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** FILE ** In this May 3, 2008 file photo, Diana Krall performs during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds
** FILE ** In this May 3, 2008 file photo, Diana Krall performs during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, file)