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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Members

Jazzed Magazine • News • July 14, 2016

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MontereyJazzFestival21 High School Musicians from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Israel Comprise the Festival’s Renowned National High School All-Star Big Band. The NGJO makes Two-Week Tour of Japan July 23-August 8, and Performs with Terri Lyne Carrington at the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18, 2016

Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce the members of its 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival’s internationally-renowned high school all-star big band, featuring the best high school jazz musicians in the country.

21 high school musicians from six states comprise the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, including Arizona,California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Israel. Read the biographies of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra members.

California musicians include students from Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey,Orange, and San Diego counties.

Three members of the orchestra are returning for a second time, including trombonists Jasim Perales (Berkeley High School, Berkeley, Calif.) and Ethan Santos (Buchanan High School, Clovis, Calif.); and trumpeter Carlos Ramos(Downey High School, Downey, Calif.).

The orchestra will travel to Monterey on July 20 to prepare for the two-week tour of Japan, performing a West Coast concert in Carmel at the Folktale Winery on July 22. Leaving for Japan on July 23, the orchestra will perform at theMonterey Jazz Festival in Noto on July 30; the Tokyo TUC Jazz Club in Tokyo on August 3; and the Tomisato Jazz Festival on August 5, with additional concerts and cultural exchange programs scheduled at the Yanagi Gakuen and Teikyo high schools. The orchestra will make also perform at the 10th Jazz Legends Gala honoring Quincy Jones at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif. on September 15, as well as the 26th annual free “Concert for Kids” at the Monterey County Fairgrounds at the Garden Stage that same day. The orchestra will appear on the Jimmy Lyons main stage at their traditional Sunday appearance at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18 with 2016 Artist-In-Residence, Terri Lyne Carrington.

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