1. The 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra performs "Teen Adventure" at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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  2. The 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Hope Flores performs "Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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  4. The 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra performs "Downtown" composed by Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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  5. The 2010 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra performs 'Sounds of Dusk' by John Sturm at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. John Sturm won the 2010 Gerald Wilson Composition Award with this work. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra is conducted by Paul Contos.

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Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Monterey Jazz Festival

As part of a continuing commitment to jazz education and the perpetuation and development of top-level jazz musicians and jazz performance, the Monterey Jazz Festival proudly sponsors the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

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As part of a continuing commitment to jazz education and the perpetuation and development of top-level jazz musicians and jazz performance, the Monterey Jazz Festival proudly sponsors the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

Created in 1971 as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education and selected through an application process during the Next Generation Jazz Festival each spring, former members of the Orchestra include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, trombonist Andy Martin, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos, Ambrose Akinmusire, and big band leader Gordon Goodwin to name a few. In the past, the band has been under the leadership of Ladd McIntosh, Don Schamber, Benny Golson, Bill Berry, and many more. Now under the tutelage of Mr. Paul Contos, the renowned saxophonist and flautist who serves as the director of the Orchestra, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available.

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