As a follow-up to the earlier post regarding smooth jazz Christmas tours, let me also call your attention to the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration.
It features three of that venerable label’s best-known performers – guitarist-founder Will Ackerman, multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and pianist Liz Story. They perform December 18 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, December 19 at the SFJAZZ Center and December 21 at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts.
Monterey Jazz Festival has set the dates for its 11th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. Mark your calendars now for March 27-29, 2015.
Begun in 1971 and evolving from Monterey Jazz Festival’s California High School Jazz Competition, the Next Generation Jazz Festival is now in its 11th year in downtown Monterey. Applications are now being accepted from middle school big bands; high school big bands, combos, vocal jazz ensembles and composers; conglomerate high school big bands and combos; and college big bands, combos and vocal jazz ensembles through January 15, 2015. Application instructions are found at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, www.montereyjazzfestival.org.
Next Generation Jazz Festival finalists are selected through recorded auditions reviewed and ranked by faculty from the Berklee College of Music. Finalists will include 12 big bands, six combos, and eight vocal jazz ensembles in the High School Division. Six college-level big bands and six college vocal jazz ensembles will also be selected, in addition to six high school conglomerate big bands, four high school conglomerate combos, four college combos, and six middle school big bands. In addition, specially-invited groups will also perform. In 2014, 80 groups from across the United States attended the Next Generation Jazz Festival.
The high school, conglomerate, and college divisions of the Next Generation Jazz Festival are open to superior rated big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles. The top groups will win cash awards and be invited to perform at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18-20, 2015.
Healdsburg Jazz will hold its Members Only Party on December 7,
This is your chance to join with old friends and new who share a common love of jazz in Healdsburg. Free live music, free food, free wine at our favorite party location, the E&M Atrium, located in the ivy-covered building at the corner of Mill and East, 126 Mill St.
Music will be provided by the Michael Aragon Quartet with K.C. Filson (piano), Pierre Archain (bass), Rob Roth (saxophone) and Michael Aragon (drums). Their music ranges from Brazilian to Latin to straight-ahead jazz, the kind we know our members enjoy.
The party is open and free ONLY to members of Healdsburg Jazz. All it takes is $50 to become a Jazz Friend, then increasing benefits that can include early admission to festival events, free jazz CDs, a year’s subscription to DownBeat magazine, even VIP tickets – and of course an invitation to our Members Only Party.
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