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Monterey Jazz Festival's NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA
July 25, 2011
Best High Schoolers from the US & Canada, directed by Mr. Paul Conto
8pm $12 advance, $16 door
The Monterey Jazz Festival® is pleased to announce that their national high school all-star big band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, will make their debut at Yoshi’s San Francisco at 8:00pm on Monday, July 25.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, and selecting the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country each year, the current edition of the band features twenty-one high school musicians from California, Florida, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Toronto.
The 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra also features six Bay Area musicians, including Calvin Barthel, (trombone, Albany High School, Albany); Connor Anderson (baritone saxophone, FAME Charter School, Concord); Kai Devitt-Lee (guitar, Healdsburg High School, Healdsburg); Robert Sheppard (tenor saxophone, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton); Chris Palowitch (bass trombone, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton); and Josh Shpak (trumpet, Northgate High School, Walnut Creek).
Created in 1971 as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education and selected through an application process during the Next Generation Jazz Festival each spring, former members of the Orchestra include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen; bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Eric Marienthal, and Dave Koz; trombonist Andy Martin, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos and Ambrose Akinmusire; and big band leader Gordon Goodwin to name a few. In the past, the band has been under the leadership of Ladd McIntosh, Don Schamber, Benny Golson, Bill Berry, and many more. Now under the tutelage of Paul Contos, the renowned saxophonist and flautist who serves as the director of the Orchestra, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available, and has received worldwide acclaim. Previous tour destinations for the Orchestra have included performances at festivals and venues across Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe. In recent years, the band has performed at the North Sea, Umbria, Toronto, and Montreal Jazz Festivals; Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Standard, the Kennedy Center, and many more.
The Yoshi’s San Francisco performance on July 25 is the second show of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra’s 9-show, 11-day 2011 summer tour of the West Coast. Other performances include stops in Carmel (Carmel Bach Festival with Joe Lovano, July 24); Seattle (Jazz Alley, July 26-27), Port Townsend, Washington (Centrum Jazz Festival, July 29-30); Monmouth, Oregon (Mel Brown Jazz Camp, July 31); San Diego (The Neurosciences Institute, presented by the La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, with special guest Gilbert Castellanos, August 1); and Los Angeles (Vitello’s Jazz Club, August 2).
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will also make their traditional Sunday appearance at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 2011, with former band alumni and 2011 Artist-In-Residence Joshua Redman, Benny Green and Donny McCaslin sitting as special guests.
The Monterey Jazz Festival and the Berklee College of Music are also pleased to announce that Next Generation Jazz Orchestra member and trombonist, Calvin Barthel, from Albany High School in Albany, California, is the 2011 winner of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, a major music education prize. The full-tuition scholarship is named in honor of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s late founder, James L. (Jimmy) Lyons, who began the festival in 1958.
Major support of the 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra comes from the Hearst Foundations, and from the Joseph Drown Foundation.