Each spring we invite over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, vocal soloists, as well as conglomerate bands. The 48th Next Generation Jazz Festival takes place March 9-11, 2018.
The public is also invited to the Friday Night Judges Concert Presented by the California Jazz Conservatory at the Monterey Conference Center on March 9. This is a FREE event.
Over the course of three days, students:
- Hear and play with some of the best student performers in the country
- Learn tips and techniques in workshops led by the pros
- Get their minds blown by our star-studded judges band at the Friday Night Judges Concert, Presented by the California Jazz Conservatory
- Receive detailed and thoughtful critique from our experienced adjudicators
and the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-In-Residence, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen
- Jam for each other and the locals all over downtown Monterey
The Next Generation Jazz Festival is open to performing groups in the following categories:
- Middle School Big Band
- High School Big Band, Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Soloist
- High School Big Band Composer (Gerald Wilson Award)
- Conglomerate High School Big Band and Combo
- College Big Band, Combo or Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Where to stay and what to see in Monterey
- Discover more about the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
- 2018 Artist-In-Residence, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen
- Read about the 2018 Adjudicators
- Volunteer for the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival
- Partner with the NGJF or MJF
Schools, Product Makers and Advertisers:
Information about table rentals and advertising in the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival Program (PDF downloads) will be coming soon.
Next Generation Jazz Festival
Located at the Monterey Conference Center, Portola Hotel, and other locations in downtown Monterey
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors and Partners:
Future Dates for the Next Generation Jazz Festival
49th NGJF: April 5-7, 2019
50th NGJF: April 3-5, 2020
51st NGJF: March 19-21, 2021
52nd NGJF: April 1-3, 2022
Experience Past Next Generation Jazz Festivals
You can see hundreds of pictures from past Next Generation Jazz Festivals by going to the Monterey Jazz Festival's Facebook page.
Listen to an interview previewing the 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival with Paul Contos on KUSP 88.9FM. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.