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Monterey Jazz Festival Receives Grants

$285,000 will fund festival’s various programs

Bill Frisell
Jack DeJohnette, jazz drummer supreme

The Monterey Jazz Festival has recently received a variety of grants to support its various programs. The Surdna Foundation awarded the festival a three-year grant totaling $225,000 to go toward funding the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. This annual festival and competition allows for a very elite contest atmosphere for high school and college groups to perform at the Monterey Conference Center. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra comprises a selection of the best high school jazz musicians in the country; the group then tours both nationally and internationally.

The festival also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The $50,000 Art Works grant and the $10,000 Jazz Masters Live Program grant will help to fund the festival’s artist-in-residence, commission artist and showcase artist for this year’s festival. The 2012 artist-in-residence is trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who will be a performer and clinician during the Next Generation Jazz Festival March 30-April 1, and a mentor and clinician for the festival’s summer jazz camp, June 11-22. Guitarist Bill Frisell fills the position of the 2012 commission artist, tasked with composing a new work to debut at the festival. Finally, drummer/composer Jack DeJohnette will be the festival’s 2012 showcase artist, scheduled to perform throughout the festival weekend.

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