EPISODE 6Gerald Wilson’s commissioned piece for the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival is fittingly called “Theme for Monterey.” “It’s such a beautiful place,” said Gerald about Monterey, “and I figured with all this beauty, my theme had to be romantic. Join Artistic Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival, Tim Jackson for an interview with Gerald’s son Anthony on the 1997 commission piece. “This is orchestra jazz that is alive, thank can make an audience shiver or shout.”
Evolution of a Groove: the Monterey Commissions will take the viewer behind the scenes and into the archives of jazz history and the creative process. These commission pieces, most of which have not been seen since the original performances, will be available as a paid membership. Think of it as a virtual video library card for MJF Super Fans. The episodes can be purchased separately or all twelve episodes for a yearly subscription fee. Each video has a release date and then is available for viewing throughout 2021 via your personal link to a private YouTube playlist.
The Monterey Jazz Festival has a 63-year legacy of presenting and producing the biggest names in jazz. Since the beginning, many artists wrote music to be debuted at the Festival—both officially and unofficially—but the modern Commission Artist Program was inaugurated by Artistic Director Tim Jackson in 1994 and continues through today.
Each episode is hosted by the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director Tim Jackson and will include one-on-one interviews with each commissioned artist, discussing their inspiration for the piece, and their memories of the compositional process. The original debut of each piece will be included in its entirety – many of this archival footage has not been seen since the original performance at Monterey.