Robbie Stange conducts a band at the 2017 Graded Jazz Festival
By timOTHY ORR
February 06, 2017 • ABOVE: Robbie Stange conducts a band at the 2017 Graded Jazz Festival. When jazz educator Robbie Stange arrived at Monterey High School as a music teacher in 1982, he faced a daunting challenge—the school had gone through four band directors in three years, and it was Stange’s mission to turn the music department around. Eventually, he built a...
John Clayton
By timOTHY ORR
January 25, 2017 • ABOVE: Bassist and composer John Clayton will write the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission.  On January 23, 2017, we sent out a national press release announcing a $30,000 Arts Work grant the Monterey Jazz Festival had received from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the yearly Commission Artist program. In 2017, the piece will...