The USC Thornton School of Music Big Band
By timOTHY ORR
March 13, 2017 • ABOVE: The USC Thornton School of Music Big Band at the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival, directed by Bob Mintzer. ©Cole Thompson As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. One of its flagships is the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF), one of...
Gerald Clayton Trio at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2010
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March 09, 2017 • ABOVE: Gerald Clayton Trio at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2010. This was the first of several of Gerald's trio appearances at MJF. ©Cole Thompson Our 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Gerald Clayton, has a long history with the Monterey Jazz Festival. In high school, Gerald attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and the LACHSA...
Gerald Clayton at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival
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March 06, 2017 • ABOVE: Gerald Clayton at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, performing with Charles Lloyd. ©2014 MJF/Craig Lovell Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton is a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists. Along with his father (bassist and composer John Clayton) and drummer Jeff Hamilton, Gerald will share the triple-bill as Monterey...
Regina Carter
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February 28, 2017 • The leading violinist of her generation and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Regina Carter will act as the Showcase Artist for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2017, and will bring three different projects to the stages of Monterey: Simply Ella, in honor of the 100th birthday of the iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald; Southern Comfort, an examination...
Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong at MJF1, 1958
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February 16, 2017 • ABOVE: Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong at MJF1 in 1958. From the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 through its 34th year in 1991, Dizzy Gillespie was nearly synonymous with the festival. General Manager Jimmy Lyons had booked Diz at least 18 times officially (for at least 31 known performances). Some years, Dizzy would just show up. Lyons...