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The Corral de Tierra Rotary has raised nearly $30,000 over the years in support of MJF’s All-Star tours, which have given high schoolers opportunities to perform as far as Japan.

Trombonist Elijah Taurke of Pacific Grove, 13, represents a taste of the talent that’s coming together to make up the 2016-17 Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band. Taurke doesn’t even need to shave yet, but he’s already racked up some lofty accomplishments, including top honors of the 2017 Youth Music Monterey County Concerto Competition and first trombonist chair with the 2017 California All-State Honor Band.

At Youth Music Monterey’s coveted “Exoticism in Music” concert at Carmel’s Sunset Center last February, he took on the featured soloist spot on Alenandre’s Guilmant’s complex “Morceau Symphonique.”

The all-star band’s May 4 was originally spearheaded by the late Patti Hoss, an MJF board member and education committee chairperson. Hoss implemented it as a fundraiser for MJF’s local programs and a platform to showcase the quality of the young talent Monterey has been fostering for more than a decade.

“Patti liked to sing the praises of the MJF education program,” says MJF board member Terry O’Connor. “Even though we had all heard the speech before, no one wanted her to shorten it.”

Paul Contos, MJF’s education director, will lead the All-Star Band Thursday night in classics from the jazz canon plus some more contemporary tunes (expect to hear works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Randy Brecker and Gerald Wilson), while Dr. Rob Klevan conducts the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

24th Annual Rotary Concert benefiting MJF’s High School All-Star Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble 5:30pm wine and jazz combo, 6pm dinner and concert Thursday, May 4. Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral De Tierra Road, Salinas. $20/concert; $45/with dinner. 424-1414, montereyjazzfestival.org
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