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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...
Timothy Orr and Paul Contos at the 2018 JEN Convention
By timOTHY ORR
January 05, 2018 • The Monterey Jazz Festival’s education team of Paul Contos, ReNae Jackson and Timothy Orr are at the Jazz Education Network Convention in Dallas, Texas, from January 3-6. Aside from talking to students about our upcoming Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Summer Jazz Camp, we have been catching up with some old...
Katie Thiroux
By timOTHY ORR
December 11, 2017 • Rising star Katie Thiroux is a bassist, vocalist and composer. Coming from a musical family in Los Angeles, Katie began her career in music at age four on violin, and switched to bass at eight. By age 10, she was performing in principal vocal roles in the LA Opera and Opera Pacifica. She began studying privately with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton...
Mundell Lowe and Putte Wickman at MJF35, 1982(c)MJF Archives/Bruce Talamon
By timOTHY ORR
December 04, 2017 • ABOVE: Mundell Lowe and Putte Wickman at MJF25, 1982 ©MJF Archives/Bruce Talamon The great guitarist Mundell Lowe passed away on December 2, 2017 at age 95. Aside from being a consummate player—one of the first generation of guitarists who ‘cracked’ the bebop code—he was a NBC staff musician beginning in 1950; wrote music for TV and films; and ...