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MJF Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Tours NYC and Montreal, July 3-6 2005

INTERNATIONAL EAST COAST TOUR PLANNED FOR MJF NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA, JULY 2-6 2005

SAXOPHONISTS SHERMAN IRBY AND MJF ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE BRANFORD MARSALIS TO PERFORM WITH NGJO AS SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS

Performances include:

• NGJO featuring Special Guest Artist Saxophonist Sherman Irby, Sweet Rhythm, Sunday, July 3, 2005, 8:00pm & 10:00pm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014, $15 admission plus $10 minimum; Seating Reservations 212-255-3626, www.sweetrhythmny.com

• NGJO 4th of July Celebration featuring Saxophonist Sherman Irby, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10023, Price $15; Discounted Student Tickets $10 (with valid ID), Seat Reservations 212.258.9595, www.jalc.org/dccc

• NGJO Canadian Debut, Montreal Jazz Festival, Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 3:00pm, General Motors Stage, Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal (Quebec), Canada, Free Admission, Concert Information: 888-515-0515, www.montrealjazzfest.com

• NGJO featuring MJF Artist-in-Residence Branford Marsalis, 48th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by MCI, Sunday, September 18, 2005, 1:00pm, Jimmy Lyons Stage, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey CA, Ticket Information: 925-275-9255, www.montereyjazzfestival.org

June 6, 2005; Monterey, California; The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the international East Coast tour schedule for the 2005 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Monterey Jazz Festival’s ensemble showcasing top jazz musicians from high schools across the U.S. and Canada. Included in the tour are performances at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz venues.

Created as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra includes some of the top high school level jazz students from all parts of the U.S. and boasts one member from Canada for 2005. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra represents the very highest level of musicianship as evidenced by past members of the ensemble (formerly known as the MJF High School All-Star Big Band) including pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman and Dave Koz, to name a few.

Under the direction of Mr. Paul Contos, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available. Members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra were selected through a rigorous audition process that included review by a national panel of judges comprised of professional jazz musician/educators. For the first time in the 35-year history of the high school all-star band, the Monterey Jazz Festival invited auditions via video tape in addition to in-person auditions, which took place during the Next Generation Festival, April 8 - 10 2005 in Monterey.

On Sunday, July 3, NGJO performs at New York City’s Sweet Rhythm, a world-class jazz club and restaurant occupying the Greenwich Village space of the legendary Sweet Basil jazz club. For this engagement, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will feature special guest saxophonist Sherman Irby. An extraordinary improviser and composer known for his warm sound and pure melodicism, Sherman Irby has performed and recorded in seminal projects with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Roy Hargrove. He has released two recordings on Blue Note Records, and his latest album, "Organomics" (Black Warrior) is being released in 2005. The NGJO featuring Sherman Irby will perform on July 3 at 8pm and 10pm at Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. For seating reservations, please call Sweet Rhythm at 212-255-3626 or visit www.sweetrhythmny.com.

On Monday, July 4, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra celebrates and honors America’s birthday with a festive concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. As part of JALC’s Monday evening "Upstarts!" series, which features emerging jazz musicians, NGJO will contribute fireworks of its own kind to New York City with its performance of challenging big band repertoire in the great American tradition. The concert includes two sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Broadway at 60th Street, Floor 5. For more information, please contact Lincoln Center at 212-258-9595 or visit www.jalc.org/dccc.

On Wednesday, July 6, the Next Generation Jazz Festival heads north of the border to play at the 26th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, presented by General Motors of Canada in collaboration with Stella Artois. Performing among over 300 jazz and contemporary music acts, NGJO will present the future of jazz as it showcases its top North American student members on the Montreal Jazz Festival’s world stage. NGJO performs at 3:00pm on July 6, 2005, on the Main Stage on Sainte-Catherine Street; please contact the Montreal Jazz Festival at 888-515-0515 or visit www.montrealjazzfest.com for additional information.

To welcome home the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and wrap-up the band’s 2005 summer performance schedule, the orchestra is slated to perform at the 48th annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by MCI on Sunday September 18, 2005 at 1:00pm. NGJO will be featured on the Jimmy Lyons Main Arena Stage with special guest artist, MJF 2005 Artist-in-Residence Branford Marsalis. The orchestra’s performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival will no doubt be a highlight for the talented members of the band and festival audiences alike.

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2005

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