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’...
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By timOTHY ORR
April 07, 2017 • Another great weekend with the current students of the future of jazz wrapped up in Monterey with the 47th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, March 31-April 2, 2017. Our congratulations to all the participating groups, who made it our largest festival ever, with 150 performances from 93 groups. Read the press release or see the top groups and...
Joel Frahm at the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival ©Richard Green
By timOTHY ORR
March 31, 2017 • ABOVE: Joel Frahm at the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival. ©Richard Green We recently saw this on YouTube: Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm soloing through Rhythm Changes chords at a lightning pace. Joel will be one of the featured soloists at our 2017 Opening Night Judges Concert presented by the California Jazz Conservatory at the Golden State...
Will Wallace ©Cole Thompson
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March 28, 2017 • ABOVE: Will Wallace at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2010. ©Cole Thompson The Monterey community recently lost one of its own friends and comrades, photographer Will Wallace, who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 25. Will had been taking pictures at the Monterey Jazz Festival and other local events since he came to the Peninsula...
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March 24, 2017 • ABOVE: The 2016 Opening Night Judges Concert. The Next Generation Jazz Festival Friday Night Judges Concert has been one of the highlights of this long-running student event. Taking place at the Golden State Theatre on March 31, 2017 and sponsored by the California Jazz Conservatory, this year’s performers will be our Artists-in-Residence Gerald...