Kate Williams with the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (c)Walter Wagner
By timOTHY ORR
April 24, 2018 • Every year, DownBeat Magazine selects the top students and educators in the country for their annual Student Music Awards in their June issue. With the awards now in their 41st year, they wrote that “Motivated students are digesting more information and playing at higher levels than ever before, thanks in large part to the dedicated educators who...
Jimmy Lyons Stage
By timOTHY ORR
April 02, 2018 • Today, we announced the linup for the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival. Each year we try to program a wide and diverse overview of the jazz world and beyond, to include the past, present and future of music. Our 61st festival is similar to prior years, although it’s completely different! That’s what makes curating the Monterey Jazz Festival so exciting...
Northgate High School Jazz Ensemble I (c) David Royal
By timOTHY ORR
March 19, 2018 • Above: Northgate High School Jazz Band I Each year, we are always humbled by the reactions of the students who come to the Next Generation Jazz Festival. They work all year to qualify to come to the festival, which is not a small accomplishment. Then comes the acceptance to the festival, and all the prep and practice that comes with it, and then...
By timOTHY ORR
February 26, 2018 • The Monterey Jazz Festival recently put out a press release announcing the reception of a NEA Art Works grant of $35,000 in support of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2018 Commission piece, to be composed and performed by Oscar Hernández and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. We are pleased to receive this grant to allow us to bring the finest music and...
Crossroads School Jazz A Band
By timOTHY ORR
January 24, 2018 • It’s that time of year again! The 48th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival takes place March 9-11 at the newly-renovated Monterey Conference Center in the heart of downtown Monterey. We have just announced the finalists here. Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Director, Paul Contos, notes that “a record number of schools applied for Next...