This summer, a newly minted UCLA graduate earned the opportunity of her young career: an all-expenses paid trip to perform at Switzerland’s famed Montreux Jazz Festival. Adding to the excitement was the fact that Jade Elliott was chosen to play saxophone at the event’s 85th birthday tribute to legendary music producer Quincy Jones.
Elliott studied jazz and earned her degree in June. But a few weeks earlier, Elliott was selected by UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music distinguished professor James Newton as the recipient of a scholarship provided by GRoW @ Annenberg — a philanthropic initiative founded by Annenberg Foundation trustee Gregory Annenberg Weingarten that supports humanitarian efforts and innovative projects in health, education, the arts, and civic and cultural life — in partnership with Quincy Jones Productions and the jazz festival.
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