Monterey at 60! A Visual Feast, an exhibit exploring 60 years of Monterey Jazz Festival posters, opens Friday, August 18th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18th. The event is free and open to the public.
Showcasing six decades of Monterey Jazz Festival images, Monterey at 60! tells the story of the festival through its graphic imagery and photographic moments, capturing the experience through posters, program covers dating back to 1958.
Alongside sixty years of some of the greatest jazz in the United States, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the exhibit will showcase the posters which embody the spirit of the Festival as a whole: posters which represent all the great music and the complementary “scene” that exists just outside the venues hosting that music.
The Monterey Jazz Festival posters were created by graphic artists, such as Earl Newman, throughout the Festival’s history and have become an iconic and fitting symbol of 60 years of great music and food, folklore, and human fellowship. The posters have come to herald each year’s musical fare–unveiled annually when the artists to appear were first announced. Collaboration on the part of graphic artists established a unique Festival brand, one of its icons a trumpet stationed on a chair, often with a sylvan ocean setting in the background. This feast of posters reflects the beauty and abundance of music that graced Monterey Jazz Festival stages, and the multitude of fans who have embraced the music.
The exhibit can be seen through September 15th during gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday from 11 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Elliott Ruchowitz-Roberts will be reading selections from his latest book, White Fire, at 7:30PM on Friday, September 8th, at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel. The collection of poems was published in May of this year by The Ping-Pong Free Press of the Henry Miller Memorial Library.
Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, To Mary (after eight) and The Sweet Taste; co-editor of the college text Bridges; co-editor/co-translator of two works from the Telugu, Sudha (Nectar) by Chalam and The Selected Verses of Vemana, both of which have been accepted into UNESCO’s Collection of Representative works: Indian Series; and co-author of Bowing to Receive the Mountain: Essays by Lin Jensen and Poetry by Elliot Roberts. His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies.
Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College where he taught composition, literature, public speaking and humanities for 32 years, Ruchowitz-Roberts serves as Vice President of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation in Carmel, California. He also coordinates the Foundation’s annual Prize for Poetry and its annual reading series, and serves as a tour docent. He coordinated the National Endowment for the Arts “The Big Read: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers,” during which he read and performed Jeffers’s poetry at venues throughout Monterey County, including local libraries, high schools and colleges.
Suggested donation for the event is $15.00.
Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County to participate in middle and high school big bands, and a vocal ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF’s annual two-week Summer Camp) while working on ensemble skills—includes phrasing, blending, improvisation and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles.
The MJF High School All-Stars also perform across Monterey County, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. In summer 2015, the high school ensembles traveled to Washington D.C., where they performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club.
Tickets for the event are $20, available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling (831) 624-7491. The ticket price includes light fare and beverages.
SAVE THE DATE!
“Celebrating the Cherry,” our annual fall fundraiser, will take place in our gallery from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event will honor our executive director, Robert Reese, for his ongoing commitment to fostering non-commercial, contemporary artistic expression in Monterey County.