Each fall since 1958, the seaside city of Monterey, California, has been the site of some of the world's finest jazz and blues performances.

The festival's archive at the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound preserves transcendent sets from this enduring American cultural institution for future generations.

Why a Jazz Festival by Ralph J. Gleason from the 1966 Festival Program.

With funding from the GRAMMY Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and Save America's Treasures, the collection of sound recordings and moving images has been digitized and cataloged, enabling unprecedented access to this rich vein in the history of jazz.

Please note that copies of audio and video recordings are not available from Stanford University. All inquiries about the availability of audio and video recordings should be addressed to the General Manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival.