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Morgan State University Choir and Jazz Band Ensemble Set to Perform at the Legendary Monterey Jazz Festival

Morgan State University Choir and Jazz Band Ensemble Set to Perform at the Legendary Monterey Jazz Festival
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper on September 16, 2022

Morgan State University (MSU) talent will be on full display at the 65th annual Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF), the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world. A collective of student performers will travel to the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, Calif. to participate in one of the most prestigious jazz festivals drawing international audiences. The MSU Choir and the MSU Jazz Band Ensemble are scheduled to perform and engage with award-winning artists in exclusive workshops during the 3-day festival taking place September 23–25.

“The Monterey Jazz Festival has long represented the pinnacle of the jazz genre for its celebration and preservation of a quintessential American art form, and so, we are absolutely thrilled to afford our student performers from the MSU Choir and Jazz Band the opportunity to showcase their talents on this unmatched stage,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “The Morgan community thanks the Monterey Jazz Festival, Alaska Airlines and Mr.



Calvin Tyler for making this happen. Their generosity and support of the arts opens the door of opportunity for our Morgan students to have what will undoubtedly be a transformative experience in Monterey.”

In its continued commitment to fostering education and outreach programs to expand the legacy and popularity of jazz among diverse, younger audiences, MJF extended an invitation to Morgan students providing vocalists and musicians the occasion to take the stage alongside peers and award-winning artists, and to perform before jazz enthusiasts from across the globe. In addition to on-stage performances, the itineraries for the students will include exclusive Master class sessions with prominent, critically acclaimed artists, including MSU alum and Grammy-nominated vocalist Maysa Leak, Emmy award-winning composer and pianist, Kris Bowers, multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton and celebrated bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux. Capping off the MJF experience, executives from Google will host the Morgan contingency at a private lunch in their honor.
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