2018 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
By timOTHY ORR
July 18, 2018 • It’s an exciting time for the participants of one of our flagship jazz education programs, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. They are arriving at the San Francisco International Airport today (Wednesday, July 18) for preparations for their two performances in Carmel and Kensington, California — at The Barnyard at the Mouth of Carmel Valley in...
Ambrose Akinmusire and Adam O'Farrill at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. (c)Tomas Ovalle
By timOTHY ORR
June 06, 2018 • ABOVE: Ambrose Akinmusire and Adam O'Farrill at MJF55 in 2012. ©Tomas Ovalle As always, the musicians who have participated in our jazz education programs are pushing the envelope. Recently, we got word that two members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, trumpeter and composer Adam O’Farrill and drummer Jimmy Macbride were in the news. Jimmy...
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...