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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival Results

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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival Results

The Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival got off to a start on Friday, March 27 with a standing room-only crowd of nearly 2000 jazz fans for the Kick-Off Concert, in celebration of the late Clark Terry. After the conclusion of the concert, a large number of students remained to participate in the traditional student jam session, hosted by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensemble.

In the High School Big Band Division, top honors went to Northgate High School (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Greg Brown, director, winning for the second year in a row. There was a tie for second place, between the LA County High School for the Arts (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jason Goldman, director, and the Folsom High School Jazz Band I (Folsom, Calif.), Curtis Gaesser, director. All three bands will perform at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the College Big Band Division, top honors went to the Central Washington University Big Band (Ellensburg, Wash.), Chris Bruya, director, winning in their first performance since 2010. The runner-up went to University of Nevada Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble I, (Las Vegas, Nev.), Dave Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, directors. Third place went to University of North Florida Big Band (Jacksonville, Fla.), J.B. Scott, director. The Central Washington University Big Band will perform at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

For a complete list of top ensembles, outstanding soloists and scholarship recipients, please visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org/jazz-education/2015-next-generation-jazz-festival-results

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