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2016 Jazz Legends Gala

Benefiting Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs

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About the Jazz Legends Gala

The Jazz Legends Gala, now in its 10th year, features the presentation of the distinguished Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Legends Award to a leading contributor to the world of jazz on the eve of the Monterey Jazz Festival each September.

In 2016, the Jazz Legends Gala will be hosted by Clint Eastwood, and will honor “one of the most prolific music producers and composers in history,” Quincy Jones. The evening includes special performances by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the Joey Alexander Trio. Joey was recently featured at the GRAMMYs and was described on The Today Show as “on his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time.”

Held at breathtaking The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, this year’s Jazz Legends Gala takes place on Thursday, September 15. Featuring great jazz, delicious food and wine, and stunning views, this will be the year not to miss.

Previous recipients of the award include Terence Blanchard, and NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, and Chick Corea.

Attendees at previous Galas have included Clint Eastwood, Don Was, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Herbie Hancock.

Previous live music performers have included Cyrille Aimée, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Hiromi, Kim Nalley, Jamie Davis, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

All proceeds from this event benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs which include: Monterey Jazz in the Schools, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County Honor Ensembles, and the MJF Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library. Monterey Jazz Festival is proud of its commitment to invest over $750,000 annually in its education programs, ensuring all young people have access to high quality jazz music education opportunities, and enriching lives through jazz.

 

ABOUT QUINCY JONES

An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones' career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television.

The laurels, awards and accolades have been innumerable: Quincy has won an Emmy Award for his score of the of the opening episode of the landmark TV miniseries, Roots, seven Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 GRAMMY Awards, and the prestigious N.A.R.A.S. Trustees' Award and the GRAMMY® Living Legend Award. He is the all-time most nominated GRAMMY artist with a total of 79 nominations.

Celebrating more than 60 years performing and being involved in music, Quincy's creative magic has spanned over six decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era and continuing through today's high-technology, international multi-media hybrids. In the mid-҅50s, he was the first popular conductor-arranger to record with a Fender bass. His theme from the hit TV series Ironside was the first synthesizer-based pop theme song. As the first black composer to be embraced by the Hollywood establishment in the ҅60s, he helped refresh movie music with badly needed infusions of jazz and soul. His landmark 1989 album, Back On The Block—named "Album Of The Year" at the 1990 GRAMMY® Awards—brought such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis together with Ice T, Big Daddy Kane and Melle Mel to create the first fusion of the bebop and hip hop musical traditions; while his 1993 recording of the critically acclaimed Miles and Quincy Live At Montreux, featured Quincy conducting Miles Davis' live performance of the historic Gil Evans arrangements from the Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain sessions, garnered a GRAMMY Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. As producer and conductor of the historic “We Are The World” recording (the best-selling single of all time) and Michael Jackson's multi-platinum solo albums, Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller (the best-selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold), Quincy Jones stands as one of the most successful and admired creative artist/executives in the entertainment world. Read more about Quincy.

ABOUT JOEY ALEXANDER

Born in the city of Denpasar on the island of Bali in Indonesia in June of 2003, Joey Alexander encountered a keyboard at the age of six and immediately began picking out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” by ear. His father, an amateur musician with a huge passion for jazz, was astonished. He soon discovered his boy not only could pick up virtually any jazz composition by ear, he also had an impeccable sense of swing, and a gift for improvising that was near par to the records that he was learning from, and truly uncanny for a boy of his slight years.

As there was no jazz education available in Denpasar, Joey’s first jazz training’ came from sitting in on an informal jam sessions with local and visiting professionals in Bali. “He did study classical music,” explains his father, “but what he really loved was to swing.” Joey’s musical intuition further flourished and eventually, his parents moved to Jakarta so he would have a chance to expand his horizons by studying and playing with professionals.

By 2011, Joey had been featured at the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, and was included in a UNESCO jazz event organized by Herbie Hancock, who gave the budding musician an enthusiastic thumbs up. In 2013, he entered and won the Master Jam Fest improvisation contest of Jazz in Odessa Festival in Ukraine, triumphing over 43 adult jazz professionals from 17 countries.

In 2014, Wynton Marsalis ‘discovered’ Joey performing in Jakarta, and flew him in to New York City to participate in his all-star Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala, emceed by Billy Crystal. Joey wowed the jazz stars and audience alike with his soulful and sophisticated arrangement of “Round Midnight.” He got a huge ovation and was later written up in DownBeat as ‘a genius.’ Joey also performed for President Clinton and other luminaries at the Arthur Ashe Foundation Gala.

GRAMMYAward-winning producer Jason Olaine introduced him to Motema Music and jazz patron Daniel Pincus and spearheaded the collaboration to apply for an O1 Visa (for individuals of Extraordinary Ability) for Joey. Joey and Olaine entered the studio with jazz veterans Larry Grenadier and Ulysses Owens to record the first session for his debut album, My Favorite Things, which came out on Motema on May 12, 2015. Joey now resides in New York City where he plans to go to school and continue honing his chops in the jazz capital of the world. Read more about Joey.

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