November 2010

November 19, 2010

Next Generation Jazz Festival Now Accepting Applications

The Monterey Jazz Festival’s 7th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival will feature some of the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in Monterey, Calif., April 1 – 3, 2011.

The competition is now accepting applications from middle school, high school, and college big bands; high school, college level, and conglomerate bands; from high school, college, and conglomerate combos, and from high school, and college level vocal jazz ensembles, through January 21, 2011. The application process is free of charge, as is participation in this event.

Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Web site, www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

Westchester Jazz Orchestra’s Trumpet Masters

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra will perform “Trumpet Masters: The Music of Miles, Pops and Dizzy” on December 4 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington, N.Y.

Led by jazz pianist, composer, and conductor, Mike Holober, WJO includes such luminaries as Marvin Stamm, Ralph Lalama, Jim Rotondi, Ted Rosenthal and Harvie S.

The concert will feature WJO-commissioned arrangements of the music of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and fellow trumpeters Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham and Woody Shaw, whose compositions and performances represent the very essence of jazz. WJO’s 2010-11 season continues on January 29 with the music of Herbie Hancock. WJO’s concerts are partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and numerous individuals.

For more information, visit www.westjazzorch.org.

Vertigo: The Music of Mike Mainieri

The University of Missouri School of Music and Jazz Studies Program recently released the debut recording from the MU Concert Jazz Band, Vertigo: the Music of Mike Mainieri. Recorded in May 2010, the CD is a first for both the jazz students of MU, and for the jazz musician whose music inspired the album’s concept. The award-winning vibraphonist and producer recorded his first album of his compositions arranged in a big band format. Mainieri has performed on over 100 recordings with the likes of Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, and James Taylor. Proceeds benefit the University of Missouri Jazz Studies Program.

For more information, visit www.mujazz.missouri.edu.

Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy

A new educational project launched last month, Let Freedom Swing, includes a DVD featuring retired Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, and musician, composer, educator, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, in three 20-minute videos that explore how jazz captures the essential principles of American democracy. Ten thousand copies of the DVD and accompanying study guide will be distributed to educators across the nation. The videos and study guide will also be available to download for free from the Web site.

The videos present O’Connor and Marsalis in three lively and engaging modules that middle and high school teachers can use in whole or in part to stimulate discussion in their classrooms: We The People, E Pluribus Unum, and A More Perfect Union. Set against historical footage, the videos include performances and commentary by young musicians as well as established jazz musicians such as Vijay Ayer, Ali Jackson, Erica von Kleist, and other artists and scholars.

The project is a collaboration by Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Documentary Group, and Columbia University’s Teachers College, with generous funding from The Rockefeller Foundation.

To find out more, visit www.letfreedomswing.org.

Mark O’Connor Berklee Summer String Program

Berklee College of Music and multi Grammy-winning violinist/composer and educator Mark O’Connor announced the Mark O’Connor Berklee Summer String Program, to b te University.

The Berklee program will allow aspiring young performers to study with renowned string players, among them several Berklee faculty. Bluegrass, Celtic, classical, and jazz will be among the styles covered, and there will be three distinct tracks: the Mark O’Connor String Program featuring an all-star faculty lineup, for aspiring, mid- and upper-level performers; a Teacher Training Program, preparing professional string teachers to use the O’Connor Method; and a day program for young children who are beginners. In each track, instruction will be offered on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Musicians interested in attending the Mark O’Connor Berklee Summer String Program should apply at www.berklee.edu.

Free Tickets Available for NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony

The National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center have released free tickets for the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony Concert to be held in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center . Tickets can be reserved on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Web site or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located at Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor, open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2011 NEA Jazz Masters are Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, and the Marsalis Family-Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis. In addition, the 2011 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy is awarded to Orrin Keepnews.

For those unable to attend in person, the awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM based in Newark, New Jersey, and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Real Jazz Channel 70. WBGO also will audio stream the event live on their Web site.

For more information, visit www.neajazzmasters.org.

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