Next Generation Jazz Festival

2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival
March 28-30

Featuring the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival
Artist-In-Residence, Drummer Eric Harland


to Our 2014
Top Groups!


Coverage of 2014


2014 Finalists

Judges Concert and Reception at the Salute
to Jazz Education, Friday, March 28

Judges and Clinicians

Order 2014 Performance DVDs

Every spring, Monterey Jazz Festival invites the top student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

The three-day event includes performances by middle school through college level ensembles as well as competitions, with awards going to the top groups for High School, Conglomerate, and College Big Band Divisions; for High School and College Vocal Ensembles; for High School Combos; and for our newest component, the Open Combo Division for high school conglomerate and college level ensembles. The event also includes Next Generation Jazz Festival's annual Composition Competition, open to high school composers or younger.

The top three high school big bands, top high school combo, top conglomerate big band, top college-level big band and vocal ensemble, top two high school vocal ensembles, and top two Open Combo Division (high school and college-level) will be invited to perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19-21, 2014.

In total, 11 groups from the Next Generation Jazz Festival will perform at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, with the top high school big band kicking off the Garden Stage program on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Other selected groups will perform in the Night Club, the Garden Stage, and the Coffee House Gallery on the Grounds.

Auditions for Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will also be held during the Next Generation Jazz Festival.  As Monterey Jazz Festival’s premier touring ensemble, this group performs at jazz venues and festivals, both domestically and internationally, and will be a featured Sunday Arena performance at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

Next Generation Jazz Festival finalists are selected through recorded auditions by leading jazz educators, and will include twelve big bands, six combos, and eight vocal ensembles in the High School Division. Six college-level big bands and six college vocal ensembles will also be selected, in addition to six conglomerate bands, six middle school big bands and eight Open Division Combos for college and conglomerate high school ensembles.

The Next Generation Jazz Festival will also feature special invited groups. In 2012, over sixty groups from across the United States attended the Next Generation Jazz Festival. In addition, the Big Band Composition Competition is open to high school student composers. Judged by college faculty from leading music schools across the country, the winning composer will receive the Gerald Wilson Award and a cash prize, with the winning composition to be performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21, 2014 on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena.

All Next Generation Jazz Festival events and activities - From Friday night's Kick-Off Concert through Saturday and Sunday's Next Generation Jazz Festival 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 Hotel, the Red Snapper Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Museum of Monterey.

In the past, Next Generation Jazz Festival adjudicators have included Ambrose Akinmusire, Peck Allmond, Bob Athayde, Jennifer Barnes, David Beatty, Shelly Berg, Dave Carpenter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gilbert Castellanos, Corey Christiansen, Paul Contos, Sal Cracchiolo, Ray Drummond, George Duke, Rosana Eckert, Peter Erskine, Dave Eshelman, Matt Falker, Mary Fettig, Lynne Fiddmont, Joel Frahm, Nnenna Freelon, Mike Galisatus, Jeff Hamilton, Billy Harper, Matt Harris, Antonio Hart, Sherman Irby, Jeff Jarvis, Erik Jekabson, Sean Jones, Aaron Lington, Dave Loeb, Kerry Marsh, Andy Martin, Ron McCarley, Alan Pasqua, Steve Roach, Lauren Sevian, Kendrick Scott, George Stone, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Wayne Wallace, Michele Weir, Ron Westray, Dann Zinn, and many more.

Order a DVD of your 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival performance from the Serra Ballroom and Steinbeck Forum!

You can see hundreds of pictures from the 2014 and past Next Generation Jazz Festivals by going to the Monterey Jazz Festival's Facebook page.

The 2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival will be held March 27-29, 2015 at the Monterey Conference Center.

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