Jazz Orchestra to Monterey Jazz Festival

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(L to R) Lamont Jazz Orchestra, directed by Steve Wiest

DU Lamont Jazz Orchestra to Perform at 61st Monterey Jazz Festival

Winner at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival Awarded Invitation to Prestigious Event with World’s Top Jazz Artists

The University of Denver’s Lamont Jazz Orchestra will perform at the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival from September 21- 23, 2018 in Monterey, CA. The Lamont School of Music’s premier jazz group, directed by Steve Wiest, won an invitation to perfom at Monterey with a first-place finish tie at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in March.

In its 60-year history, the Monterey Jazz Festival has become a top jazz destination. The 61st festival will present more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days, and will feature performances by jazz legends Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and many others.

The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival invites more than 1,300 college, high school and middle school students to compete as big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and vocal soloists each spring. Winners are invited to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Lamont Jazz Orchestra (LJO), directed by Grammy-nominated artist/composer/arranger Steve Wiest, is the top large jazz ensemble at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. The LJO performs on campus in 900-seat June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the state-of-the-art Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Guest artists who have recently performed with the LJO include Frank David Greene, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio and Bob Mintzer. The orchestra will return to Gates Concert Hall with a performance on November 5 featuring guest conductor Ryan Truesdell leading the group in music from “The Gil Evans Project.”

Located in one of the nation’s most vibrant arts cities, the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music is rising in stature internationally. At Lamont, nearly 300 students from 37 states and 23 nations earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance, conducting, composition, scholarship and audio production. The Jazz Studies program has recently grown in national prominence with the addition of LJO director Steve Wiest, co-chair with Art Bouton, and a number of Downbeat awards for recording, small instrumental jazz group and vocal jazz ensemble.     Faculty members and students perform in and are inspired by Denver’s happening jazz scene while graduates of the Jazz Studies program are performing, touring and recording around the world.

For tickets and information on Lamont Jazz Orchestra performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, visit http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont.  For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.






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