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.

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