Ventura Music Festival

Rising Stars Concert

Friday, May 12th, 2017
First United Methodist Church
1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA

Angelo Velasquez

Angelo Velasquez 2017 VMF Student Jazz Competition winner

Experience outstanding young choral, classical and jazz performers at this year’s free concert. Details to come.

On January 22, 2017, in the Pavilion of the Pierpont Inn judges awarded cash prizes to outstanding Southern Californiaís best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) kicked off itís new year.

5 finalists from the 2017 Student Jazz Competition

2017 Student Jazz Competition finalists L-R: Ben Farahi, Jonah Goldstein,
Angelo Velasquez (winner), Henry Urschel and Matthew Michalek.
Photo by Derek Gulden.

The 5 finalists that performed were Ben Farahi (16, guitar, Hamilton Academy of Music, Los Angeles), Jonah Goldstein (16, guitar, Calabasas High School), Angelo Velasquez (18, drums, Newbury Park High School), Henry Urschel (16, alto sax, Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara) and Matthew Michalek (16, alto sax, Thousand Oaks High School). They were backed up by Bevan Manson on piano, Tom Etchart on bass and Charles Levin on drums. Read more...

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