Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble

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Runner-up High School Big Band from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival

The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Jason Goldman. Under his direction, they won the Top High School Big Band position at the Next Generation Jazz Festival five times in six years -- performing on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2009-2012. Many of LACHSA's musicians have made the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra as well.

Mr. Goldman has gained prominence as a saxophonist, composer and arranger in the fields of jazz and popular music. He has performed with jazz icons Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron and Jim McNeely. He has performed with producer/singer Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, Chris Isaak, Michael Feinstein and Warner Bros./Reprise artists Reneé Olstead and Michael Buble. He has arranged for producer David Foster, Michael Bublé and American Idol contestant Clay Aiken. His arrangement of Smile, for Bublé’s Caught In The Act was nominated for a Grammy award. Mr. Goldman won the 2005 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award. He was nominated for The Coca-Cola Company/NFAA's Distinguished Teachers in the Arts program in 2006 and 2003. He won the 2001 IAJE/ASCAP emerging artist commission honoring Dr. Billy Taylor. His debut album is The Jason Goldman Nonet – The Definitive Standard. He earned his B.A. at Berklee College of Music in jazz and film composition. He pursued post-graduate education USC, where he now teaches jazz.

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