Next Generation Jazz Festival


2011 Adjudicators

Ambrose Akinmusire - Open Combos, Conglomerate Big Bands
Bob Athayde - Middle School Big Bands
Jennifer Barnes - High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Corey Christiansen - High School Big Bands
Paul Contos - High School Combos, College Big Bands
Sal Cracchiolo - High School Combos, College Big Bands
Ray Drummond - High School Big Bands
Peter Erskine - High School Combos, Open Combos
Mary Fettig - High School Big Bands
Matt Harris - Conglomerate Big Bands, High School Big Bands Sight Reading
Antonio Hart - Open Combos, College Big Bands
Aaron Lington - College Big Bands
Dave Loeb - College Big Bands
Kerry Marsh - High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Andy Martin - High School Big Bands
Ron McCarley - Middle School Big Bands
Alan Pasqua - High School Combos, Open Combos
Larry Sutherland - Conglomerate and College Big Bands
Michele Weir - High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles

2011 Adjudicators

Corey Christiansen - guitar
Sal Cracchiolo - trumpet
Ray Drummond - bass
Peter Erskine - drums
Mary Fettig - tenor saxophone
Antonio Hart - alto saxophone
Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone
Andy Martin - trombone
Alan Pasqua - piano
Michele Weir - vocals

Joshua Redman

2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence 

Ambrose Akinmusire
- Open Combos, Conglomerate Big Bands
Before he was eighteen, Ambrose had already performed with such famed musicians as Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Steve Coleman, and Billy Higgins. After graduating Berkeley High School, he moved to New York to begin a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vincent Pinzerella from the New York Philharmonic, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, and Laurie Frink. In 2007, he won both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. Throughout his studies, Ambrose performed publicly with Lonnie Plaxico, Stefon Harris, Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Persip, the Mingus Big Band, and the San Francisco Jazz Collective, to name only a few. Ambrose is a recent graduate of the Masters program at USC, and also the Monk Institute, where his instructors included Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs and Gary Grant. More recently, he has worked with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Hal Crook, Bob Hurst, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Ambrose is a 1999 MJF All-Star Band member, and performed at MJF/52 in 2009 with his own group.

Bob Athayde
Born in Oakland, California, Bob Athayde began playing trumpet at age nine. He graduated with a major in music from California State University, Hayward with a B.A. and teaching credential and has completed work towards a Masters Degree in the Kodaly Method at Holy Names College.

Mr. Athayde began teaching privately in 1970 and in the California public schools in 1976. He taught at Pinole High School for three years prior to beginning his teaching career at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette where he continues today with five bands, one chorus and three jazz bands. He has taught jazz piano at Diablo Valley College and has been Director of the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop for the past 13 years. In 2010, his “Stanley Jazz Messengers” won Downbeat Magazine’s Middle School Jazz Competition.

Mr. Athayde has garnered a number of music education awards, including the Gil Freitas, Diablo Symphony Association, Charles Schwab Teach Each; Prudential Realty, AC5 Arts, Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust, and KDFC Education Awards, as well as Outstanding California Music Educator Awards from the California Music Educators Association and their CMEA Bay Section as well.

He has been featured as Guest Artist/Clinician/Adjudicator on trumpet and piano at the CSU Stanislaus, Fresno City College, San Joaquin, UC Berkeley, Lionel Hampton and Sitka Alaska jazz festivals; the Sitka Fine Arts, Cazadero Performing Arts, and Henderson State University summer camps, the Suzuki Music Institute at Stanford University, Utah and Hawaii; and has served as an adjudicator in all instrumental music areas for CMEA and many Honor Bands throughout California. Bob Athayde also teaches private lessons (trumpet and piano) and performs with other professional musicians and his own band, Surefire.

Jennifer Barnes - vocals, High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Vocalist Jennifer Barnes received her undergraduate music degree in classical piano performance from Western Michigan University and her Masters degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami in Florida. As a performer, she has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and performed with her trio at the 28th Annual IAJE International Conference in New York City. Jennifer leads her own small jazz group and performs as a big band vocalist, most notably on the Doug Lawrence Orchestra CD, Big Band Swing. A resident of Los Angeles area since 2001, Jennifer has been invited to perform or record with such musical legends as Barry Manilow, Cy Coleman, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Doc Severinsen, and was as a backup vocalist for Bono on the 2002 Grammy Awards. Jennifer’s voice has been featured on the silver screen and television and radio commercials since 1975; her film credits include Live Free or Die Hard, Ice Age 2, Happy Feet, Meet The Robinsons, King Kong, Chicken Little, and has been featured on commercials for Chili's, Old El Paso, McDonalds, Kellogg's, and many more. She is also an active long-time member and advocate of IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), and has been on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps for seven years. In addition, she has taught privately and directed DownBeat magazine’s award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensembles for over ten years, and been on the faculty at Western Michigan University, University of Miami, Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and the University of Southern California. Jennifer released You Taught My Heart in 2006.

Corey Christiansen - guitar, High School Big Bands
Since he joined the Mel Bay Publications, Inc. team as Senior Music Editor and advisor to Product Development in 2001, guitarist Corey Christiansen has over forty publications with Mel Bay and has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond. Corey began playing the guitar at the age of five, with instruction from his father, Mel Bay author and Utah State University professor Mike Christiansen. Corey continued his passion for playing the guitar at Utah State University, were he received his Bachelor's Degree and many honors and awards including the Outstanding Music Student Award and Outstanding Guitarist Award. Corey sought out renowned jazz guitar educator Jack Petersen and began his studies as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Florida, receiving his Master's Degree in 1999. When Jack Petersen retired that same year, Corey became the adjunct guitar instructor at USF. Corey has visited Australia for a two-week tour of stores and conservatories and has performed at many notable festivals and venues, including John Pisano's Guitar Night in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, the Lionel Hampton, Clearwater, Daytona Beach and St. Louis Jazz Festivals, and the Classic American Guitar Show. He has also performed and/or recorded with many outstanding jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, Joe Negri, Willie Akins, Chuck Redd, Rob McConnel, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, and Danny Gottlieb.

Paul Contos - saxophone, High School Combos, College Big Bands
Paul Contos has been the Monterey Jazz Festival’s saxophone clinician since the inception of the Education Program in 1984. As a concert performer and woodwind specialist, Paul has performed with many world renowned jazz artists including Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, and others. He has recorded with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, John Abercrombie, and Alex Acuna. Currently, Paul is a member of the faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay and is a saxophone instructor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He also serves as Director of the MJF’s Monterey County High School All Star Band and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and is the clinician liaison for the MJF’s Traveling Clinician Program. In 2009, Paul was appointed Director of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and he is active as saxophone clinician, educator, and performer at various educational festivals, clinics, concerts, and workshops in the U.S., Japan, and Brazil.

Sal Cracchiolo - trumpet, High School Combos, College Big Bands
Sal Cracchiolo is the trumpeter with the Grammy Award-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Sal has performed on numerous albums with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Bobby Shew, Brian Setzer’s Big Band, and many albums with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra backing Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, Joss Stone, Jamiriquoi, and others. He has also toured worldwide with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Brian Setzer, and Tom Jones. He has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Stanley Turrentine, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Harris, and Celia Cruz. He has performed for and with these artists at the Monterey, Playboy, Concord, and Nice Jazz Festivals plus many others throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Japan. Sal and singer Melanie Jackson have recently teamed up for the CD Fly and have performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, among others. In January 2006, Sal and Melanie flew to Bangkok, Thailand to perform for the American School of Bangkok in a tribute to the King of Thailand and to raise money for the tsunami victims.

Ray Drummond - bass, High School Big Bands
Composer, arranger, bandleader, educator and producer Ray Drummond began playing the trumpet and French horn at age eight, and switched to bass at age fourteen. Drummond received a B.A. in Political Science, and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto. While in the Bay Area, he began to work with Bobby Hutcherson, Michael White, Martha Young, Ed Kelly, Tom Harrell, and Eddie Marshall. In 1977, Ray moved to New York City where he quickly became a first call bassist with artists that have included Betty Carter, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw, Hank Jones, Jon Faddis, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Barron, Pharoah Sanders, and George Coleman. He has been documented on over 300 recordings with artists including Art Farmer, David Murray, Houston Person, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kevin Mahogany, Toots Thielemans, Benny Golson, and Ray Bryant. In addition to working with jazz legends, Drummond also records and performs live with a diverse number of emerging artists including Joe Locke, Steve Wilson, Paul Bollenback, Jessica Williams, Rob Schneiderman and Jeanie Bryson. Drummond has led his own groups for the past 30 years, recording eight recordings under his own name, and three additional ones as a co-leader. His three main groups are "Excursion" with David Sanchez, Craig Handy, Stephen Scott, Mor Thiam and Billy Hart; “The Quartet” with Billy Hart, Stephen Scott and Craig Handy; and "One To One" with Bill Mays. Additionally, he co-leads The Drummonds, featuring Billy Drummond and Renee Rosnes. In 1998, Drummond was awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and was a resident artist at the Monterey Jazz Festival, writing a commissioned piece for his "Excursion" band. He has also written additional commissioned pieces for Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 2001. Drummond's teaching credits begin in 1975 as a faculty member of Monterey Peninsula College Music Department in Monterey, California. He continues to conduct master classes, seminars and workshops all over the world including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berklee School of Music, Purdue University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Massachusetts, and the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was also an adjudicator for high school jazz bands as a staff member of the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1975-79. As a sideman, he continues to work as member of the Kenny Barron Trio, Houston Person, Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, Phil Woods, Peter Leitch, David Murray's Power Quartet, Toots Thielemans, the Bill Charlap Trio, The Drummonds, Bennie Wallace, and many others. Ray is currently he is Assistant Professor of Jazz, Theory, and Practice at California State University Monterey Bay.

Peter Erskine - drums, High School Combos, Open Combos
Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate. He’s played with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Michael Brecker, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, to name just a few. He has additionally appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony, Los Angeles, BBC and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied percussion with George Gaber at Indiana University.  He has won the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers' Poll in the Jazz Drummer category nine times, and is currently the Director of Drumset Studies at USC Thornton School of Music. His books are available from Alfred Publishing, including Time Awareness for All Musicians. His two most recent CDs are on the Fuzzy Music label: Standards with Alan Pasqua and Dave Carpenter, and Worth the Wait with Tim Hagans and the Norrbotten Big Band. Peter lives in Santa Monica, California.

Mary Fettig - saxophone, High School Big Bands
A former participant of the MJF High School Competition (Concord, California’s Ygnacio Valley High jazz band, under the direction of Bill Burke, was the first group to win in 1971), saxophonist Mary Fettig was the first woman to join the Stan Kenton Orchestra. She has toured with Flora Purim and Airto; Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Toninho Horta, Joe Henderson and many others. She has performed at many jazz festivals, including Concord, San Francisco, Monterey, Playboy, Hollywood Bowl, Mt. Hood, Chicago, Detroit, Mobile, Buffalo, Montreux, North Sea, and the world's first women's jazz festival in Kansas City. She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 2011 is the fifth year that Fettig has adjudicated at the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Matt Harris - Conglomerate Big Bands, High School Big Bands Sight Reading
Matt Harris graduated with a BM from the University of Miami and a MM from the Eastman School of Music. He moved to Los Angeles after touring, writing, and recording with jazz legends, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt is co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University Northridge, and is a current faculty member at Idyllwild Arts summer jazz workshop. Matt is an active clinician, conductor and composer for high schools, colleges, and professional bands around the world. He has conducted for the Oklahoma, Arizona, South Dakota, and Texas all state bands. He has been commissioned to write music from bands spanning the globe including Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, China, Turkey, as well as numerous high schools and universities in the United States. Matt has been a guest clinician for over twenty years with topics ranging from improvisation, rhythm section, piano, arranging, composition, business of music, and the creative aspects of playing jazz. Matt has six CDs of original music, including two new trios, Snap Crackle and Bellavino Blues. Matt has also written for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands, Airmen of Note, Air Force Falcolnaires, Kluvers Big Band in Denmark, as well as high school and college bands throughout the United States. Matt has also played piano and/or written music for some of today’s top jazz vocalists including Karyn Allison, Jackie Allen, Diane Shure, Dena Derose, Rosana Eckert, Calbria Foti, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Marie Carmen Koppel, and many others. He has arranged, orchestrated, and/or performed on numerous jingles, recordings, and live performances including Taco Bell, Home Depot, Jack in the Box, Ford, Schwab, Marriott, and many more. He has played with Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney, Howie Shear, Matt Finders, Rob Lockart, Carl Saunders, Chuck Findley, Tim Ries, Bob Summers, John Pisano, Gregg Bissonette, Dan Higgins, and many more. In 2009, he performed with drum legends Neil Peart, Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio, and Peter Erskine for the eleventh Buddy Rich tribute concert in New York, sponsored by the DW drum channel.

Antonio Hart - alto saxophone, Open Combos, College Big Bands
Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist Antonio Hart was born in 1968, in Baltimore, Maryland. Hart decided when he was young that he wanted to play alto sax, and after the music programs were cut at his at his high school, a friend got him an audition at the Baltimore School of Arts. At first only classically-trained, Hart became interested in jazz right before college, when he was accepted to the Berklee College of Music. While in Boston, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee, and Joe Viola. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. Upon graduation, Antonio promptly teamed up with classmate Roy Hargrove to tour and record for three years. Hart also earned a Masters degree in music composition and performance from Queens College, studying with the likes of Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd.  In 1991, Antonio made his debut on the RCA/Novus label, with For the First Time. Hart made three other albums for RCA/Novus, including 1992’s Don't You Know I Care (a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie); For Cannonball and Woody (1993); and It's All Good (1994). He switched to Impulse! Records for 1997's Here I Stand, earning Hart a Grammy nomination for 'Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.'  Antonio has appeared as a guest on over 80 recordings, including records with Slide Hampton, Nat Adderley, McCoy Tyner, Monty Alexander, Robin Eubanks, Benny Green, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nancy Wilson, Gerald Wilson, and Dave Holland. He has recorded seven CDs as a leader, including 2004’s All We Need on Downtown/Chiaroscuro Records. Hart balances his time as a full-time Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York’s Queens College, as well as traveling on the road with his band, the Dave Holland Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and more.  

Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone, College Big Bands
Baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington received his MM in jazz studies and DMA in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Lington was a member of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band at UNT for three years, and was honored by Down Beat Magazine’s 2004 Student Music Awards for “Jazz Instrumental Soloist.” He has performed with artists including Maria Schneider, Bo Diddley, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and the Temptations. Chair of Jazz Studies and an assistant professor at San José State University, Dr. Lington returns to Monterey in 2011 for his fifth year adjudicating the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Dave Loeb - College Big Bands
David Loeb, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, conducts jazz ensembles and is instructor of jazz piano and jazz composition. As a jazz pianist, David performed with renowned jazz artists including Freddie Hubbard, Tom Scott, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Tom Harrell, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and Anita O' Day. He is also a successful studio keyboardist and has played for many television shows, including the Emmy Awards, Hill Street Blues, Quantum Leap, and Family Guy; and for feature films including The Birdcage and Pocahontas. He has orchestrated for George Benson and Doc Severinsen and has arranged music for the Academy Awards and American Music Awards. David has also composed music for notable PBS documentaries and for Dolly Parton’s Rainbow. He has additionally performed as principal keyboardist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has accompanied Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Jewel, Herbie Hancock, Placido Domingo, David Foster, Diana Ross, and Jessye Norman. He was guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra for Dee Dee Bridgewater and the National Symphony Orchestra as Musical Director for Ben Vereen. Under David’s direction UNLV Jazz Studies has received numerous distinguished honors and achieved national recognition. He was a jazz clinician at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New York City; served as an adjudicator at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival, and was an invited guest jazz performer at the Midwest Band Conference in Chicago. David holds a Master of Music Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Kerry Marsh - High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles
A member of the jazz studies faculty at Sacramento State University, Kerry directs three vocal jazz ensembles, teaches jazz arranging, and oversees the jazz voice studies program. Kerry also directs the new vocal jazz program at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Marsh earned a B.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Kansas in 2000 and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2003. Kerry is a leading composer and arranger of music for vocal jazz ensemble, instrumental jazz ensemble, marching band, and other musical groups.

Ron McCarley - Middle School Big Bands
Ron McCarley, Director of Jazz Studies at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, has built up his program to include ten combos in addition to the two big bands, jazz and classical theory, private lessons and more that make up the only Jazz Studies AA program in the state. After graduating from CalArts and Westmont College, he directed professional and collegiate big bands and small groups in the Santa Barbara area until moving to San Luis Obispo to teach at Cuesta. Many of his students graduate to successful music careers and many years of experience in jazz performance and education. As a performer, he doubles on all saxophones, flute and other woodwinds, and plays a wide variety of music throughout Southern California. When he is not playing music or teaching, he spends his time with his wife, Laura, and their two boys.

Andy Martin - trombone, High School Big Bands
Trombonist Andy Martin is widely regarded as a top jazz soloist in high demand as a Los Angeles studio musician. Andy is a featured soloist on many outstanding recordings, including those of jazz greats Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Gordon Goodwin, Dave Grusin, Horace Silver, Vic Lewis’ West Coast All Stars, Clare Fischer and many others. An alum of the MJF All-Star Band, Andy returns to Monterey in 2011 to adjudicate his third Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Alan Pasqua - piano, High School Combos, Open Combos
Alan began studying piano at the age of seven, playing both classical and jazz. He attended Indiana University, and received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. His teachers at the time were Jaki Byard, Thad Jones, George Russell, David Baker and Gunther Schuller. While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall, Alan met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join “The New Tony Williams Lifetime” along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. After recording two “Lifetime” albums for Columbia, Alan relocated to Los Angeles. He garnered a coveted spot in Bob Dylan’s band, and ultimately joined Santana. Some of his other album and touring credits include: Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Elton John, Queen Latifa, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach, among others. In addition, Alan has had an extensive studio career in Los Angeles, working with composers John Williams, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini on many motion picture soundtracks. Alan also composed the soundtrack for Disney’s hit movie, The Waterboy, starring Adam Sandler. As a jazz artist, his two CD releases, Milagro and Dedications on the Postcards label hit the top of the jazz charts, and featured all-star players like Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motion, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, and Gary Bartz. Alan has also played and recorded with Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Gary Burton, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Gary Bartz, Eddie Daniels, Dave Weckl, Tom Scott, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Sam Rivers, Sheila Jordan, Joe Williams, Ivan Lins, Frank Foster, Alphonso Johnson, Narada Michael Walden, Les McCann, Stan Kenton, and Don Ellis. Alan has been a co-leader of a trio with the legendary drummer Peter Erskine, releasing Live at Rocco, Badlands, and Standards, to critical acclaim. In 2008, Standards was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Album category.  Alan’s highly praised 2005 debut recording for the Cryptogramophone label, My New Old Friend, reached #15 on jazz radio. In 2007, he released his electric band recording, The Anti-Social Club. Alan has since teamed up with his former Tony Williams Lifetime band mate Allan Holdsworth, co-leading a quartet that features Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman. A live HD-DVD, Live at Yoshi’s was released in the spring of 2007. The follow-up live CD from a European tour, Blues for Tony, was released in 2009. Alan’s published texts, The Diminished Cycle, and The Architecture of Music are part of his educational contributions to jazz. Currently an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, 2011 will be Mr. Pasqua’s second year adjudicating the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Joshua Redman
2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence

Joshua Redman
is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to the tenor saxophone, at age ten. In 1991, Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies. Rather than attending Yale Law School, Josh moved to New York City and began jamming and gigging regularly with Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, Leon Parker, Jorge Rossy, and Mark Turner. In November of 1991, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. He began to tour and record with jazz masters such as his father, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and Clark Terry. Signed by Warner Bros., Redman issued his self-titled first album in1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination.

In 1994, Redman formed his first permanent group, which included Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Over a series of celebrated recordings including Wish, Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard; Freedom in the Groove and Timeless Tales (for Changing Times), Redman established himself as one of the music’s most consistent and successful bandleaders. Beginning in 1998, Joshua formed his second acclaimed quartet, with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, recording Beyond and Passage of Time. Redman then formed the Elastic Band with Sam Yahel and Brian Blade, releasing yaya3, Elastic and the Grammy-nominated Momentum. Back East (2007) featured Joshua alongside three stellar bass and drum rhythm sections; as did 2009’s Compass. Most recently, Joshua has been performing with a collaborative band called James Farm featuring Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland.

From 2000-2007, Redman was the Artistic Director for the Spring Season for SFJAZZ. With the creation of the SFJAZZ Collective in 2004, Redman led an eight-piece band, which featured both commissioned works and new arrangements of great modern jazz composers. In addition to his own projects previously mentioned, Redman has recorded and performed with Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, the Dave Matthews Band, Bill Frisell, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, B.B. King, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, John Medeski, Marcus Miller, MeShell Ndegeocello, Nicholas Payton, John Psathas, Simon Rattle, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, the Rolling Stones, the Roots, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Toots Thielemans, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey’s McGee, US3, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Redman has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, the Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.

Dr. Lawrence Sutherland - Conglomerate and College Big Bands
Dr. Sutherland is a professor emeritus at California State University, Fresno, where he taught for thirty-eight years. Now retired, Dr. Sutherland was Director of Bands, conducted the award-winning Wind Orchestra and taught other courses in conducting and music education. Dr. Sutherland has performing credits as a trombone and euphonium player with the St. Louis and Tucson Symphonies, the Kansas City and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestras, the Fresno Philharmonic and the Tommy Dorsey, Ralph Marterie, Richard Maltby, and Woody Herman Big Bands. He is the only person to have conducted all three California All-State Groups: Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. He is one of the most experienced and qualified adjudicators in the country.

Michele Weir - vocals, High School and College Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Michele is currently a faculty member at U.C.L.A. and is an internationally respected jazz educator, arranger and vocalist. Recent notable presentations include the World Choral Symposium, the A.C.D.A National Conference and the I.A.J.E Convention. A former member of Grammy-nominated “Phil Mattson and the p.m. Singers," Michele has also toured internationally as a pianist and worked with various artists such as Bobby Vinton. Michele’s arrangements are widely published (including those from her own company, MichMusic) and have been performed by numerous ensembles including Chanticleer, New York Voices, Beachfront Property, Voice Trek, M-Pact, the Boston Pops, and the Buffalo, Cincinnati and Pacific Symphonies. Her compositions have been featured on the Shari Lewis television show, and in 1998, Michele served as music supervisor for the foreign language dubs of the Dreamworks film, Prince of Egypt, in six countries. Michele's popular educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation and Jazz Singer's Handbook are widely available. Her new book/CD, Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Pubs.) was released in 2008.

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