April 04, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band captured first place at the 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival in the College Big Band Division presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, March 28-30. Two students also brought home awards as Outstanding Soloists, Christopher Palowitch on bass trombone and Ryan Chapman on trumpet. The band performed a program of three selections in competition: Irrequieto, composed by Chico Pinheiro and arranged by Bob Mintzer; In a Silent Way composed by Joe Zawinul and arranged by Vince Mendoza; and Your Mother, composed and arranged by Frost Concert Jazz Band director and Frost faculty member John Daversa. As the winner, the Frost Concert Jazz Band is now invited to perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2014. The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs; as an internationally-recognized leader in artistic live presentation, the JazzTimes Readers Poll has named the Monterey Jazz Festival “World’s Best Festival” in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2013.
The award winning Frost Concert Jazz Band is renowned for its tight and energizing performances, outstanding soloists and talented student arrangers, and has been the University of Miami’s premiere large jazz ensemble for over 30 years. Directed by John Daversa, the ensemble performs music ranging from exciting new contemporary jazz works to swinging classics. The band has numerous recordings and awards to its credit, which showcase the long lineage of world-class talent. Recent guest artists include Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Ira Sulllivan, Shelly Berg, Dave Koz, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton.
Each spring, the Monterey Jazz Festival invites excellent student musicians from High School and College level ensembles, soloists and composers from across the country to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival, a three-day event with performances, clinics, workshops, jam sessions, guest clinicians and adjudicators, culminating in the competition. These student ensembles, soloists and composers have the opportunity to earn scholarships; cash-prizes; audition for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra , Monterey Jazz Festival’s premier touring ensemble, performing at jazz venues and festivals, both domestically and internationally; and compete for an invitation to perform at the Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.
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