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High School All-Stars

Big Band

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the High School All-Stars Big Band is comprised of 20-25 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition.

Ensemble members enjoy regular workshops, master classes, and mentoring sessions with leading artists, such as members of the SFJAZZ Collective, Terence Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, and Vijay Iyer.

Big band members travel the United States to compete in some of the most prestigious youth festivals nationwide.

Superior programming and outstanding direction. This ensemble is flawless.

DAVE LOEB-DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES, UNLV

Superior programming and outstanding direction. This ensemble is flawless.

DAVE LOEB-DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES, UNLV

Paul Contos, Director

Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education for nearly fifty years. His contributions to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Program as Saxophone Clinician and Director of both The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County All-Stars are distinguished and thoroughly comprehensive.

Contos is a faculty member at University of California, Santa Cruz and California State University, Monterey Bay, having singularly developed the curriculum for the Music Recording/Technology Concentration at CSUMB. He is also a founder of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.  Contos has received performer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2017 received DownBeat Magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award. He also serves as Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council.

Contos has played and recorded with many of the Bay Area’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Drummond, Eddie Marshall, and Madeline Eastman, and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Regina Carter, Wayne Shorter, and many others.

Paul Contos, Director

Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education for nearly fifty years. His contributions to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Program as Saxophone Clinician and Director of both The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County All-Stars are distinguished and thoroughly comprehensive.

Contos is a faculty member at University of California, Santa Cruz and California State University, Monterey Bay, having singularly developed the curriculum for the Music Recording/Technology Concentration at CSUMB. He is also a founder of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.  Contos has received performer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2017 received DownBeat Magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award. He also serves as Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council.

Contos has played and recorded with many of the Bay Area’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Drummond, Eddie Marshall, and Madeline Eastman, and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Regina Carter, Wayne Shorter, and many others.

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High School All-Stars Big Band

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High School All-Stars Big Band

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High School All-Stars Big Band

Gunslinging Bird

High School All-Stars Big Band

Sunny Side

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