04/20/10

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2010 Next Generation Jazz Festival Results

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The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the results of the 6th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, incorporating Festival’s 40th Annual National High School Jazz Competition. The Festival took place during April 9-11, with nearly one hundred twenty events in five locations, performed by over sixty-three participating groups. The Festival announced that this year’s even featured the largest attendance of fans, musicians, and performances in the event’s forty-year history. A full list of the winners can be found on the Festival’s web page.

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Performance at 2010 Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey
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Scene from Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey
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Scene from Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey
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Dianne Reeves with student at vocal jazz clinic at Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey
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Nadia Washington in clinic at Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey
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Here is a list of winners provided by the Festival:

In the High School Big Band category, top honors went to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Jason Goldman. The runner-up was Rio Americano High School AM, directed by Josh Murray. Third place went to Folsom High School Jazz Band 1, (Folsom, CA), directed by Curtis Gaesser. All three bands will perform at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the High School Combo category, top honors went to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts G (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Jason Goldman. Second place went to the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences A (Santa Monica, CA), directed by Evan Avery. Third place went to Berkeley High School A (Berkeley, CA), directed by Scott Dailey. The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts G will perform the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the High School Vocal Ensemble category, top honors went to Folsom High School Jazz Choir I (Folsom, CA), directed by Curtis Gaesser. Second place went to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Pat Bass. Third place went to Hamilton High School Academy of Music (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Jim Foschia. The Folsom High School Jazz Choir and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Ensemble will perform the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September. 2010 is the third year in a row that Folsom has been the top High School Vocal Ensemble.

In the College Big Band category, top honors went to California State University, Northridge “A” (Northridge, CA), directed by Matt Harris. Second place went to University of Nevada, Las Vegas I (Las Vegas, NV), directed by David Loeb and Nathan Tanouwe. Third place went to Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA), directed by David Beatty. California State University, Northridge “A” will perform at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the College Vocal Ensemble category, top honors went to Mt. San Antonio College “Singcopation” (Walnut, CA), directed by Bruce Rogers. Second place went to Sacramento State University Jazz Singers (Sacramento, CA), directed by Kerry Marsh. Third place went to American River College (Sacramento, CA), directed by Art Lapierre. Mt. San Antonio College “Singcopation” will perform at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the Conglomerate category, top honors went to the Jazzschool Monday Night Studio Band (Berkeley, CA), directed by Keith Johnson. Second place went to the American Music Program (Portland, OR), directed by Thara Memory. Third place went to the Jazzschool Thursday Night Studio Band (Berkeley, CA), directed by Keith Johnson. The Jazzschool Monday Night Studio Band will perform at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the Open Combo Division, top honors went to California State University, Northridge 1 (Northridge, CA), directed by Matt Harris. Second place went to the Chase Morrin Group (San Diego, CA), directed by Chase Morrin. Third place went to California State University, Northridge 2 (Northridge, CA), directed by Matt Harris.

John Sturm, from Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey, won the Next Generation Jazz Festival’s Composition Competition with his composition, “Sounds of Dusk” which will be performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on the Jimmy Lyons Arena Stage on September 19, 2010. He will receive the 3rd Annual Gerald Wilson Award and a cash prize. For a complete list of top ensembles, outstanding soloists and scholarship recipients, you can visit the Festival’s web site

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