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
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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
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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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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
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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...