Friday, June 17, 2011

South Florida Represented in Monterey Jazz Fest 2011 Next Gen Orchestra

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21 High School Musicians from California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada Comprise the Festival's Renowned National High School All-Star Big Band

The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce members of the 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival's internationally-renowned high school all-star big band. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra features the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country.

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 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.

In 2011, there are three South Florida students in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra:

Pompano Beach resident and saxophonist, Patrick Bartley
Boynton Beach resident and trumpeter, Christian Marrero
Miami resident and saxophonist, Rane Roatta.

Saxophonist Patrick Bartley, 18, is a graduate of the Dillard High School of the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He began performing on the clarinet at age 9, and switched to saxophone at age 12. Influenced by Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Michael Brecker, by the age of 15, Patrick had made two appearances at the Jazz in the Gardens Festival in Miami. He is multi-year member of the Florida All-County Concert Band (2004-2009) and Florida All-County Jazz Band (2007-2011); a two-year member of the Florida Youth Orchestra (2005-2006) and a 2011 Florida All-State Jazz Band member. Among the various accolades he has received are Outstanding Soloist Awards (2009-2011) and the Outstanding Doubler Award for 2010 from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City. Patrick is also a two-year member of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble (2010-2011) and was selected as lead alto of the band this year. In addition, he was selected to the 2010 Vail Jazz Workshop All-Stars, and has recorded with Melton Mustafa, Mulgrew Miller, Essiet Essiet, and Victor Lewis. He will be attending New York City’s Manhattan School of Music in the fall of 2011.

Trumpeter Christian Marrero, 17, is a senior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began performing on the trumpet at age 12, and has studied with Doug Michels of the Miami Sound Machine. Christian has been a member of the 2008 and 2009 Florida All-State Symphonic Band, 2010 Florida All-State Jazz Band, and 2011 Florida All-State Orchestra. He has also acted as the four-year principal trumpet for the Florida Youth Orchestra, winning their Lois Deicke Award. Touring Europe in 2008 with the Make a Wish Foundation Charity Band, he has also performed with the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City, and at the Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, Georgia, working with Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton and Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, and many others. Selected to the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra in 2011, Christian has additionally won a number of scholarships from the Gold Coast Jazz Society. Christian performs around South Florida at weddings, grand openings, special events, bars, and private parties with his band, Ithad2bejazz.

Saxophonist Rane Roatta, 18, is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He has studied with Matt Vashlishan, Antonio Hart, Tivon Pennicott, Troy Roberts, Joel Frahm, and many more. Rane was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Signature Schools Program three years in a row, and had the privilege of joining Antonio Hart for a week-long Pittsburgh tour, and Bobby Watson for a week-long Detroit tour. He also participated in the Monk Institute’s Jazz in America 2011 All-Star Tour of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Rane was a 2010 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony participant, and will be attending the Brubeck Institute as a Fellow in August of 2011. In 2009 and 2010, Wynton Marsalis presented Rane with Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Essentially Ellington Competitions in New York City, and in 2011, Rane won a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance. Rane takes part in regular concerts with Ira Sullivan, and has performed with greats such as Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Antonio Hart, Ed Calle, and many more.

“I’m looking forward to the gathering of this year’s band and the opportunity to spend time with such gifted young musicians,” says Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “Although our planned tour to Japan was postponed until 2012 due to the recent unfortunate circumstances taking place there, I think our 'West Coast' tour is going to be extremely exciting. It offers the Monterey Jazz Festival an opportunity to display the incredible talents of our Next Generation Jazz Orchestra to our friends in this region of the country. Equally exciting is the fact that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the ensemble and that we will have several 'special guest' artists performing with the band. It is going to be a smokin’ hot summer tour!”

Members will gather in Monterey in late July to prepare for the 11-day West Coast tour, beginning with a performance at the Carmel Bach Festival -- a historic first collaboration between the Bach Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival in Carmel (July 24), where they will appear with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. The group will then perform in San Francisco (Yoshi’s, July 25); Seattle (Jazz Alley, July 26-27), Port Townsend, Washington (Centrum Jazz Festival, July 29-30); Monmouth, Oregon, (Mel Brown Jazz Camp, July 31); San Diego (Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with special guest trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, August 1); and Los Angeles (Vitello’s Jazz Club, August 2).

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will also make their traditional Sunday appearance at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 2011, with former band alumni and Artist-In-Residence Joshua Redman, Benny Green and Donny McCaslin sitting as special guests.

Tickets for the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18 in Monterey, California are available by phone at (925) 275-9255 and online at

About the Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.
2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra West Coast Tour Dates:
July 23: Monterey, CA / The Preserve (private party)
July 24: Carmel, CA / Carmel Bach Festival at the Sunset Center with special guest, Joe Lovano
July 25: San Francisco, CA / Yoshi’s
July 26: Seattle, WA / Jazz Alley
July 27: Seattle, WA / Jazz Alley

July 29: Pt. Townsend, WA / Centrum Jazz Festival
July 30: Pt. Townsend, WA / Centrum Jazz Festival

July 31: Monmouth, OR / Mel Brown Jazz Camp
August 1: San Diego, CA / The Neurosciences Institute, presented by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with special guest Gilbert Castellanos
August 2: Los Angeles, CA / Vitello’s Jazz Club
September 18: 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, Jimmy Lyons Stage, 1:00pm

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