Monterey Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 18, 2016
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Garden Stage
$20.00 - $55.00
Montery Jazz Festival
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA

Monterey Jazz Festival

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. We are proud to provide year-round Jazz Education Programs, showcased in our annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. We are pleased to present the world's best jazz entertainment in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in the world. Held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival began as a dream for founder Jimmy Lyons and his co-founder and colleague, Ralph Gleason. It was a dream of a "sylvan setting with the best jazz people in the whole world playing on the same stage, having a whole weekend of jazz." That dream became reality in 1958, with the first Monterey Jazz Festival bringing in artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.

MONTCLAIR WOMEN'S BIG BAND

The Montclair Women's Big Band was founded in 1997 by veteran trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Seeling, with producer Barbara Price. With a vivid cast of some of the best jazzwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area, the MWBB combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work, and inspired solos. All About Jazz claims "the Montclair Women's Big Band is one of the most formidable jazz ensembles on the West Coast....this is premium-grade big band jazz, rigorously blended for high mileage and maximum pleasure."

The MWBB cemented its status as a world-class ensemble with the release of its self-named debut CD, which was recorded at George Lucas's state-of-the-art Skywalker Sound in Marin County. Engineered by three-time GRAMMY® winner Leslie Ann Jones, the studio's legendary scoring department manager, the recording has become a best-seller on CDBaby. Jazziz Magazine labeled the recording "a blues-drenched gem that swings with dazzling aplomb."

Seeling is a pioneering trumpeter who was the first woman to graduate with a degree from Indiana University's prestigious Jazz Studies Program. By the late 1970s she was well established on the New York scene as an eminently versatile player who moved seamlessly among gigs with top rock, salsa, R&B, and disco acts, and has earned three platinum RIAA record awards among her 30+ album credits. It was while performing with the progressive women's rock band Isis that she met Jean Fineberg, who became her inseparable collaborator, and currently serves as the big band's solo tenor and assistant director.

In its 18 years, the MWBB has gained visibility through a series of high-profile gigs. The band performed for the GRAMMY Foundation in LA to a sold-out event "Mavericks in Music: Celebrating the Contributions of Trailblazing Women." Major festivals have also come calling, with gigs at Washington DC's Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, among others. A favorite ensemble among social and political organizations, the band has performed for Hillary Clinton, Ron Dellums, the Human Rights Campaign, Girls Inc., and the Eden Medical Foundation. The group has also been featured on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, NPR's most popular syndicated show.

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Location Montclair Women's Big Band
2740 de la Briandais Court

Pinole, CA 94564
USA
Contact Us
Director: Ellen Seeling
ellenseeling@comcast.net 510-685-6695
Assistant Director: Jean Fineberg
jeanfineberg@comcast.net 510-758-2200