Summit is a group of accomplished musicians playing together for the first time to make music that includes original compositions and classic standards from the Great American Songbook. Legendary drummer Ralph Humphrey will be joined by Mitchel Forman on keyboards, Jerrold Watts Jr. on bass, and Dmitris Mahlis on guitars. Each artist has performed with various groups as part of the MMF and in Fort Bragg’s Sequoia Room. Listeners can expect music that is unique, intelligent, exciting and satisfying to the soul.
- Ralph Humphrey, Drums (Don Ellis, Frank Zappa, Al Jarreau, The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Babaghanoush, Odd Dogs)
- Mitchel Forman, Keyboards. (Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, John McGlaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
- Jerrold Watts Jr., Bass (Babaghanoush, Andy Summers, John Daversa, Dori Caymmi, Billy Childs, Keith Emerson)
- Dmitris Mahlis, Guitars (Babaghanoush, Perla Batalla, Wahid, Freddy Hubbard, A.R. Rahman)
For 2022, the Festival’s main stage is again temporarily transplanted from our signature Tent Concert Hall in Mendocino Headlands State Park to the beautiful, iconic and historic 1938 Cotton Auditorium in nearby Fort Bragg. We’re pleased to also welcome the return of more intimate concerts in Preston Hall, our smaller Mendocino venue. While we’d hoped to be back in the Tent Concert Hall this year, the combination of pandemic-related disruptions in the availability of vital resources (such as labor) and lingering uncertainty about public health conditions this summer would have made that an unacceptably risky proposition. Meanwhile, work is under way toward our 2023 return to our home since 1985, the Tent Concert Hall on the Mendocino Headlands.
Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination, including at least one booster, is required, and masks must be properly worn at all times while on event premises. Though it might exceed official requirements, this policy is based on current conditions and the results of our most recent audience survey.
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