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UNLV artists welcomed back to Monterey jazz fest competitors


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The UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1 big band tied for first place in 2017 at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. It will compete once again this year in the festival’s College Big Band Division.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018|2 a.m.

. Last year, UNLV’s Jazz Research studies program won bragging rights for life when its Jazz Ensemble 1 big band connected for first place in the extremely regarded Monterey Next Generation Jazz Celebration. Naturally. This year, it’ll get another possibility to come out on top.

The mighty Jazz Ensemble 1 will compete once again in the festival’s College Big Band Department, which features 6 university bands.

Likewise signing up with the student-musician fest this year: UNLV’s Honors Trio, which will contend– likewise against five other bands– in the College Combo Division.

Both will be signed up with by Jazz Studies director and professor Dave Loeb, and Jazz Research studies professors Nathan Tanouye and Adam Schroeder.

Prior success in the festival does not guarantee positioning in the future, Loeb said. “Each year is various since the group or ensemble made the invite through a blind audition process. The ensemble or combination send a recording that is on an unmarked MP3, so they are judged totally on the recording that needs to fit into extremely stiff criteria,” he stated.

To sweeten the Las Vegas showing at the celebration, which happens March 9-11 in Monterey, Calif., the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Jazz Band has been chosen to compete versus 12 other bands in the High School Big Band Division. LVA’s band will be led by Patrick Bowen.

Jazz Ensemble 1’s victory last April earned the band an efficiency slot at the primary Monterey Jazz Celebration in September, where it joined a lineup topped by jazz stars Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Dee Bridgewater.

The Strip has actually welcomed the Backstreet Boys with open arms

The Backstreet Boys took the Strip by storm when they introduced their Larger Than Life resident show at the Axis in March, and Nick Carter has been accepting his Las Vegas life ever since. He transferred to the Southern Highlands community about 7 months back.

What have you learnt more about Las Vegas given that moving here? I’ve been touring given that I was 12 years of ages, so I have actually constantly delighted in living in different locations and making discoveries, and here I have actually discovered individuals are truly good. Coming from LA where everyone seems aggravated all the time, individuals here are really chill, and it produces a calm environment. And [they’re] very durable … the Vegas Strong thing really applies.

How do you assess the success of the program at Planet Hollywood up until now? We’re constantly trying to make it much better, discovering methods to maybe reorganize a few of the material, make it more seamless and as entertaining as it can potentially be. We’re always trying to outshine ourselves. However I think from the outside, individuals are truly pleased and maybe even kind of blown away. We’re really grateful, and it’s severe company to us. For the previous 2 weeks I’ve been in the fitness center training and preparing. The show is intense, and there’s so much to it, and we need to look good and feel great to have the strength and energy to sustain it. And in Las Vegas, it is necessary that people leave pleased and [feel] their money was well invested.

How is the performance experience various from being on trip? There was a time in the late ’90s when I think we were actually on top of our video game– we had the albums out and all the hit singles and were able to place on an amazing show with all the bells and whistles and take it on the roadway. Now things have altered in the marketplace, and it’s more difficult to do that. Vegas uses us the possibility to bring that back, for us and our fans to relive that thing that we are best at doing. We wish to be that peak Backstreet Boys reveal from that time, which is exactly what everyone remembers. Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, November 10-18.