2019 Next Generation Jazz Festival Judges and Adjudicators

Select 2019 Judges will perform at the Opening Night Judges Concert Presented by the California Jazz Conservatory at the Monterey Conference Center on April 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 

Patrick Bartley, alto saxophone
Tanya Darby, trumpet
Derrick Hodge, bass, Artist-in-Residence
Justin Kauflin, piano
Adam Larson, tenor saxophone
Russell Malone, guitar
Kerry Marsh, vocal
Michael Mayo, vocal
Allison Miller, drums, Artist-in-Residence
Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone
George Stone, sight reading
Katie Thiroux, bass
Michele Weir, vocal
Steve Wiest, trombone

The Sheila del Bosque Quartet, from Berklee College of Music 
Abner Cabrera, electric bass (Dominican Republic)
Sheila del Bosque, flutes (Cuba)
Camila Cortina, piano (Cuba)
Takafumi Nikaido, percussion (Japan)

2019 ADJUDICATOR BIOS

Patrick Bartley, alto saxophone
GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, Jr. has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and was featured in the Emmy-nominated HBO special Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, he is an in-demand sideman and has performed and recorded with musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jon Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin, and Wynton Marsalis. Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Patrick was selected to the GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensembles twice, performed with the Dave Matthews Band live on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, was a YoungArts Gold Award recipient in Jazz, and was a 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra member. http://www.jmusicband.com

Tanya Darby, trumpet
Educator, musician, and clinician Tanya Darby is the chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music. She was previously an assistant professor of jazz lead trumpet at the University of North Texas and held adjunct faculty positions at Temple University and the New School. She earned a master's degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2012. She is a current member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Michel Camilo Big Band, Rufus Reid Large Ensemble, and has performed and toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and many others. Darby is from Seaside, Calif., went to Monterey High School and was a three-year member of MJF’s California High School All-Star Band from 1992-1994, and was a member of MJF’s Monterey County High School All-Stars. https://www.berklee.edu/brass

Derrick Hodge, bass, Artist-in-Residence
Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and Blue Note Recording Artist Derrick Hodge attended Temple University and was the first jazz major to participate in their Symphony and New Music Chamber orchestras. His wide range of accomplishments in many genres include orchestrations and arrangements for Nas with the National Symphony Orchestra, Common, and Kanye West. Hodge has won two R&B GRAMMYs with the Robert Glasper Experiment, and has co-produced albums with Quincy Jones and Don Was. Hodge has toured, performed or recorded with Maxwell, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Gerald Levert, Common, Bilal, Andre 3000, Sade, Terence Blanchard, Ledisi, Terell Stafford, Donald Byrd, Stefon Harris, and many others. For Blue Note, Hodge has released two albums, and he has written original music for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Chicago Brass Ensemble. Some of his many film score credits include Back to School Mom, the 180 Days documentary series for PBS, Land of Opportunity, Black Candle, and others. Hodge has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival multiple times over the years and represented MJF during the 50th Anniversary All-Stars’ national tour in 2008. http://derrickhodge.com

Justin Kauflin, piano
Justin Kauflin is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones Artist. He composed the film score for the critically-acclaimed documentary Keep On Keepin On, and has produced four albums as leaderBorn in Silver Spring, Maryland, Justin Kauflin began studying classical music at age four. ​After losing total vision by age 11, he switched to jazz piano in high school and began playing professionally at age 15. He has attended the Vail Jazz Workshop, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency, won the Kennedy Center VSA International Young Soloist Award, was voted VEER's "Jazz Artist of the Year" and was selected as semifinalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. ​​Justin graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University in New Jersey where he was taken under the wings of legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, and Harold Mabern. Justin's relationship with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin' On. He was subsequently managed by Quincy Jones, who produced Justin's albums Dedication and Coming Home. ​www.justinkauflin.com

Adam Larson, tenor
Saxophonist, composer and author Adam Larson is one of the most promising artists of his generation. As a student, Larson was selected to the GRAMMY Band, MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, and the Jazz Band of America, among others. Adam graduated with honors in 2014 as a master’s student as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz from the Manhattan School of Music. His recordings have received critical acclaim from DownBeat and Jazziz, and he has performed at venues across the United States, in addition to touring Poland, India, Taiwan, Holland, and Germany. In 2015, Larson’s quartet toured for the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad" program to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin, and Ghana. Larson is a sought-after clinician and master class presenter at many high schools and universities; is the author of Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone; and is a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program and the New York Pops education programs. He also serves as a mentor to the GRAMMY Foundation and serves as the creative director of YoungArts New York City. http://adamlarsonjazz.com

Russell Malone, guitar
Russell Malone is one of the most gifted guitar players on the jazz scene. He first worked with master jazz organist Jimmy Smith in 1988, and between 1990 and 1994 Malone toured with Harry Connick, Jr. During the late nineties, Malone toured internationally with Diana Krall, receiving critical acclaim in his role as Diana's right hand both in concert and on her recordings. Malone can be heard in a variety of settings, performing with such diverse artists as Branford Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Freddie Cole, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, and Patti Austin. Malone was also a featured performer in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City. From his first recordings as a leader on Columbia in 1992 to his latest HighNote record Time for the Dancers, Russell Malone has proven himself to be the consummate musician. He represented MJF on Tour in 2009-2010. https://russellmalone.net

Kerry Marsh, vocal
Kerry Marsh is an arranger and publisher specializing in music for vocal jazz ensembles and is high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles. He is also an adjudicator and clinician for numerous jazz festivals and workshops and has directed all-state jazz choirs in many states. Kerry is a jazz studies faculty at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where his Vocal Lab and Northern Colorado Voices have earned four DownBeat Student Music Awards. Previously, Kerry served for 10 years as the director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State, earning 13 DownBeat Awards. Marsh has worked with Ben Folds Folds as a vocal arranger and background singer director with major symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Washington National Symphony and the LA Philharmonic. Kerry graduated in 2000 from the University of Kansas with a B.M.E. in Music Education and received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2003. https://kerrymarsh.com

Michael Mayo, vocal
Vocalist Michael Mayo received his B.A. from the New England Conservatory of Music and later attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. Mayo’s performance highlights include singing at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama on International Jazz Day 2016, the Kennedy Center for both the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and Renée Fleming’s American Voices Festival in 2013, the Emmys Governors Ball in 2017, and most recently, he joined Herbie Hancock on a South American tour in 2018. www.michaelmayomusic.com

Allison Miller, drums, Artist-in-Residence
New York City-based drummer, composer and teacher Allison Miller has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll. Her critically-acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom, is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant” and has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, WBGO’s The Checkout, and many jazz festivals around the world. Miller is a three-time Jazz Ambassador of the US State Department, conducting clinics and master classes throughout the globe at universities and camps. She has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, the Meredith Vieira Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, in addition to Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, and Ben Goldberg. Miller holds adjunct teaching positions at the New School, Kutztown University, and Jazz Camp West. Miller has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1998, 2004 and 2006. http://allisonmiller.com

Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone
GRAMMY Award-winning baritone saxophonist and recording artist Lauren Sevian came to New York City in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She performs around New York City with her quartet as a leader, and as a side woman, she can be heard with the Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the Count Basie Orchestra. She has been nominated on her instrument in the DownBeat Critics poll for “rising star” since 2007, and she is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and jazz festivals across the country. Lauren is on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center as director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra” and instructor for the middle school jazz academy. She has adjudicated many jazz competitions and festivals in the United States and beyond. www.laurensevian.com

George Stone, sight reading
George Stone has enjoyed a substantial career in music performance, composition, arranging and education for over 30 years. He currently directs the Audio Technology Program and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. After graduating from CSU Northridge, Stone began writing for live shows and television, including the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, HBO, Warner Brothers and Disney. Stone has appeared as a guest composer/clinician at numerous universities and he has adjudicated hundreds of jazz festivals throughout the country. He has guest conducted jazz honor bands in and out the state, most recently the CBDA CA State Jazz Honor Band in 2017 and Nebraska All-State in 2018. He is the recipient of the Cuesta College Outstanding Academic Employee and Teacher of the Year award, and has worked with Dave Grusin, Tom Scott, Jack Jones, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Dave Tull, Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, and Bob McChesney. His compositions and arrangements are released through publishers worldwide. www.georgestonemusic.com

Katie Thiroux, bass
Award-winning bassist, vocalist, educator and composer Katie Thiroux is one of the young masters of her generation. After she graduated from Berklee and CSU Long Beach, she has appeared at jazz festivals and venues across the world and has released several records. Thiroux was a 2006 Next Generation Jazz Festival member and is MJF’s Women in Jazz Combo director. www.katiethiroux.com

Michele Weir, vocals
Vocalist Michelle Weir is a faculty member at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Michele taught previously at USC, CSU Long Beach, and the Phil Mattson School. A highly sought-after teacher adjudicator and clinician, her educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer’s Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are available internationally. Michele’s vocal arrangements are performed by renowned vocal groups including the Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, the Swingle Singers, M-Pact, Beachfront Property, Chanticleer, and Voice Trek. Her orchestral works are played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. https://www.michmusic.com

Steve Wiest, trombone
Steve Wiest is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated trombonist, composer, author, and cartoonist. The former soloist and writer for Maynard Ferguson, Steve went on to perform on the road with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show orchestra as well as many other artists. Steve has numerous recordings out as a leader, the most recent of which is the debut album from the critically-acclaimed all-star horn band Vinyl Hampdin. In the world of jazz education, Steve was formerly the Director of the One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas and is now Co-Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he teaches arranging, composition, jazz trombone and directs the award-winning Lamont Jazz Orchestra. In high demand as a clinician, composer and conductor, Wiest has directed many all-state ensembles and appeared as a guest artist and clinician all over the world. He is also is a clinician for Edwards Instruments and plays the custom “Excalibur” version of the T302 and the Griego-Steve Wiest Mouthpiece (gold plated) exclusively. http://www.steve-wiest.com

From Berklee College of Music, the Sheila del Bosque Quartet
Flutist Sheila del Bosque Fuentes was born in Havana in 1994 and graduated with highest honors from the Superior Institute of Art. Sheila was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2018 and has shared the stage with Paquito d’ Rivera, Berta Rojas, Omar Hakim, and others.
Camila Cortina is a pianist, music educator, musicologist and composer from Cuba. Having appeared at jazz festivals around the globe, Camila received the Berklee World Tour full-tuition scholarship in 2018.
Jose Abner Cabrera is a bassist from the Dominican Republic. He holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering and began attending Berklee in 2018 with a full-tuition Michel Camilo Scholarship.
Takafumi Nikaido was born in Japan and began playing percussion at an early age. He attended Berklee as a scholarship student, has studied percussion in Cuba extensively, and has performed around the world in many groups from Asia to South America.