MJF in the Schools Concert Series


What is Jazz?

A new addition to the Monterey Jazz Festival's Jazz Education Programs.

For students in grades 3-12

Tickets FREE. Bus stipends available on a limited, first-come, first served basis
Concert addresses Visual and Performing Arts: Music Content Standards 3, 4 & 5


Tammi Brown, vocals
Micha Scott, dancer
Peck Allmond, trumpet
Gary Meek, saxophones
Eddie Mendenhall, piano
Bruce Forman, guitar
Scott Steed, bass
Vince Lateano, drums

Special guests include members of the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars. Latin percussionists Javier Tamayo and Joshua Alfaro joined the band for the Salinas performances.

About the Concerts

In 2015, students in grades 3-12 from across Monterey County had the extraordinary opportunity to attend Monterey Jazz Festival’s inaugural MJF in the Schools Concert Series, November 4-7, 2015. The program lasted for one hour and took place at four locations across the County—Pacific Grove Middle School in Pacific Grove, Sherwood Hall and the Breadbox Theater in Salinas, and the Stanton Theater in King City.

Concert Description

What is jazz, what does it mean to us all as Americans, and why is this music important to me? These are some of the big questions we’ll explore in Monterey Jazz Festival’s inaugural Jazz in the Schools Concert Series.

These free school day performances for upper elementary, middle and high school students will feature our eight-piece band of professional jazz artists (long known to area music students as the Traveling Clinicians) joined by our county’s best high school jazz musicians. Together through an interactive blend of music, movement and story, students will learn how this music can help us tell our stories and bring us together as Americans.

This informative concert addresses Visual and Performing Arts: Music Content Standards 3, 4, 5: Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic valuing, and Connections, Relationships, Applications. Free resource packets will be provided to participating teachers to help prepare their students for the concert.


“Better Get Hit In Your Soul” (Charles Mingus)
“I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free” (Billy Taylor)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (Duke Ellington)
“Every Day I Have the Blues” (Memphis Slim)
“Happy Birthday”
“Tin Tin Deo” (Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo)
“When the Saints Go Marching In” (Traditional)

Read the press release about "What is Jazz?"