Its time to buy your tickets for the Monterey Jazz Festival! The number of three-day Arena Packages for this, the 53rd annual Fest, are dwindling.\r\n\r\nAn Arena Package provides intimate access to exclusive world-class music on the legendary Jimmy Lyons Stage, the site of countless musical memories and historic events since 1958. The Arena Package also allows jazz lovers to keep their seating choice year after year. Patrons get access to all the additional grounds venues as well, plus the ability to exit the fairgrounds and come back for the evening’s shows with the next Arena Show Ticket, so it allows the greatest freedom.\r\n\r\nFor jazz fans on a budget, the Single Day Arena Tickets are a great option to see the shows on the day of choice, while getting all the grounds festivities at the same time.\r\n\r\nArena Packages are available starting from $225, and include one reserved seat for each of five concerts on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage, access to all performances and activities on seven additional Grounds Stages throughout the weekend, plus conversations, exhibitions, panel discussions, international shopping, food and beverages, and more. Arena Packages are on sale now at (925) 275-9255 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting and at www.montereyjazzfestival.org.\r\n\r\nWhere to stay while at the Fest? At the Inns of Monterey, naturally, a proud sponsor of this year’s Festival.\r\n\r\n~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\r\nExclusive Arena Artists for 2010 include Harry Connick, Jr., Ahmad Jamal, Angelique Kidjo featuring Christian McBride, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott and Mino Cinelu; the Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes; Delbert McClinton, Les Nubians, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Dianne Reeves, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Big Band. On Saturday night, the Arena will host the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission piece, “Music for Two Quartets” featuring the Billy Childs Quartet with the Kronos Quartet in their Arena-exclusive performance.\r\n\r\nFor the full 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival lineup, tickets and additional information, visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org.\r\n\r\nThe Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.