Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Festival

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Monterey, California USA
Festival Contact Information

Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Festival
P. O. Box JAZZ
Monterey, California 93942 USA
Phone: (01) 831-373-3366

Festival Description

The Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Festival hosts the country’s top young jazz musicians and vocalists. The annual national high school jazz competition features big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the Annual Monterey Jazz Festival that is presented by Verizon in September. All Next Generation Festival competition activities are open to the public and are free of charge.

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Festival Dates April 5 - 7, 2013
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Festival Story:

The genesis of the Next Generation Festival started in 1971 when Jimmy Lyons, founder and General Manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival, began presenting the winners of the California High School Jazz Band Competition on the final day of the MJF. Over the years, some of the young musicians who have participated in what tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman describes as “the Superbowl of California high school jazz competitions” have gone on to become stars of their generation their own right: saxophonists Joshua Redman, Dave Koz and Dave Ellis, pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, bassist Larry Grenadier and many more.

All Next Generation Jazz Festival events and activities — from Friday night’s Kick-Off Concert through Saturday and Sunday’s High School Jazz Competition — are open to the public, free of charge. The Festival will also conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions in the heart of historic Monterey, with music to be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the host Portola Plaza Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cannery Row.


Festival Events:

Festival 2013:
  • The 9th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival takes place April 5-7, 2013, at the Monterey Conference Center. The weekend-long event includes Big Bands, Combos, Vocal Ensembles, and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The event will be open to the public, free of charge. With more than 1200 students participating in the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the public can enjoy the largest gathering of young jazz talent in Northern California, outside of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself. Fifty-six groups from 14 states are finalists in 2013, which includes the Festival’s 43rd Annual High School Jazz Competition.


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  • Golden State Theatre
    417 Alvarado Street
    Monterey, California
Participant’s information 2013:
  • The Next Generation Jazz Festival is now accepting applications from middle school, high school, and college big bands; from high school and college level conglomerate bands; from open combos; and from high school combos and vocal jazz ensembles through the deadline of January 18, 2013. Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, The application process is free, as is entry to the competition.


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