Telluride Society for Jazz’ signature Educational Scholarship Program is the Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble. Serious Jazz students from age 13 through 18 are invited to send audition recordings of their musical skills to our educators, Prof. Bob Montgomery and Dr. Josh Quinlan. Jazz instructors accept elite musicians to travel to Telluride the week preceding the festival and they work and study together. The All-Stars perform around town the week leading up to the main event and they are rewarded with an opening performance on the Town Park Main Stage where TSJ has hosted such Jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, James Moody, Herbie Mann, Stanley Turrentine, Diana Krall, Ron Carter, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, Dave Liebman, Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland, Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, Spyro Gyra, Les McCann, and the list goes on and on! In recent years, many former Telluride All-stars have ascended to become feature acts on the Town Park Main Stage with the most recent being Alex Brown. The All Star Scholarship Program is supported by individual contributions, grants, and the sponsorship of Dworbell, Inc.
2014 38th Telluride Jazz Festival featured the Telluride All-Stars 20th Reunion Group:
The legacy of the Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble comes to fruition with the appearance of the Telluride All-Stars 20th Reunion Group. Past All-Stars, and now professionals from the last two decades will be performing original compositions during the Telluride Jazz Festival. Included in the lineup will be Alex Brown on piano, Colin Stranahan on drums, Josh Quinlan on alto, Brynn Marchiando on trumpet, Ben Benack III on trumpet, Dan Montgomery on bass, and Adam Larson on tenor. This special ensemble is a testament to music education and the positive influence of the Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble program’s 170 musicians. It is also a testament to the 20 years of Trumpeter/Educator Professor Bob Montgomery as its Director and former All-Star, now Co-Director Josh Quinlan.