Student Musicians Kick Off 65th Monterey Jazz Festival

HOUR. AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE KILLED BY THE STORM… ### NEW AT 11 PM TONIGHT… THE 65TH MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL HAS ARRIVED… CONCERTS AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR PARK BEGIN TOMORROW AND UNTIL SUNDAY. TODAY… THE JAZZ FESTIVAL HOSTED A STUDENT SHOWCASE AT CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY. ACTION NEWS 8 REPORTER CHRISTIAN BALDERAS HAS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PERFORMANCE. ..### THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR ITS 65TH YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR – FOR THE FIRST TIME – STUDENTS ARE STARTING THE SHOW. IN LIEU OF THE REGULAR BLACK TIE THURSDAY GALA, FOUR GROUPS OF STUDENTS WERE GIVEN THE HONOR – INCLUDING MORGAN STATE MUSICIANS FROM THE HBCU AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN TEXAS WHO RECEIVED A TRIP ALL FEES PAID BY ALASKA AIRLINES FOR THE JAZZ FESTIVAL. BUT DON’T LET THEM BE STUDENTS FOOL YOU… GRAMMY NOMINATED COMPOSER GERALD CLAYTON HAS CONDUCTED THE NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA, A HAND-SELECTED GROUP OF 20 OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALSO PART OF THE LINE…THE MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR THAT HAS CHANGED FOR FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA – AND SUPPORTING ARETHA FRANKLIN FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL IS THE BIGGEST, IF NOT THE ONLY, JAZZ FESTIVAL THEY CAME TO. BUT NOW… AFTER THE PANDEMIC, MANY HAVE THEIR VIEW ON THE FUTURE. AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE DON’T STOP HERE. THEY WILL ALSO BE B

Student musicians kick off the 65th Monterey Jazz Festival

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase. “Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives…the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said. Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay. “We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said. Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines. “I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.” Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years. “I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much anything and play it. Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a group of internationally traveling singers who have performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Aretha Franklin. Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country. a very, very bright future.” Bailey says MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase.

“Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives…the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said.

Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.

“We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said.

Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines.

“I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.”

Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years.

“I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house of records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much pick up anything and play it.

Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a world-traveling group of singers who performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and supported Aretha Franklin.

Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country.

“I just count the tunes, wave my hands and really let them go,” Clayton said. “They have a very, very bright future.”

Bailey says the MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

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