Sonny Rollins ©Cole Thompson
By timOTHY ORR
August 18, 2017 • Above: Sonny Rollins and Clifton Anderson at the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007. In celebration of MJF’s 60th Anniversary, we are proud to present an exclusive concert in tribute to the Colossus, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Now retired, Sonny is one of the last surviving "alumni" of the 1958 Festival, and has performed at MJF seven...
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By timOTHY ORR
June 27, 2017 • Above: Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy's Club-Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, June 25. ©Andrew Lepley Below: Tenor saxophonist Solomon Alber solos on Herbie Hancock's "Riot" at JALC. The 2017 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra is now on tour from June 24-29! Twenty of the best high school student musicians in the...
2007 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (c)R. Andrew Lepley
By timOTHY ORR
May 31, 2017 • ABOVE: 2007 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center. ©R. Andrew Lepley The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra is one of the premier student jazz bands in the United States. Originating in 1971 at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the band began as the California High School All-Star Band, and over the years, it was expanded from a...
2017 Monterey County High School All-Star Band
By timOTHY ORR
April 26, 2017 • ABOVE: This year's Monterey County High School All-Star Band at the Next Generation Jazz Festival at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey on April 1, 2017. On Thursday, May 4, the Corral de Tierra Rotary Club in Salinas will host the 24th Annual Rotary Benefit Concert at the Church of the Good Shepard for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School...
Ella Fitzgerald at Pacific Grove High School, 1956
By timOTHY ORR
April 14, 2017 • ABOVE: Jimmy Lyons and Ella Fitzgerald at Sunset School Auditorium in Carmel, January 9, 1956. Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” never played the Monterey Jazz Festival, but she did have a role in creating a roadmap and appetite for a jazz festival on the Monterey Peninsula. As a vocalist, there were very few who could compete with Ella’...