Opening Night Judges Concert: Gold Circle Seating and Post-Concert Dessert Reception

The Next Generation Jazz Festival officially starts with the annual Opening Night Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Monterey Conference Center’s Serra Ballroom. Watch the Web streams here.

This year the concert, entitled Remembering Clark Terry: A Swingin’ Celebration will be dedicated to the memory of the legendary trumpeter and jazz educator Clark Terry, who performed at Monterey Jazz Festival at least 19 times from 1965-1999, and whose impact on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s education programs continues to be felt.

The show features performances by the Festival’s team of internationally-renowned artists and competition judges: trumpeter Terell Stafford; saxophonists Mary Fettig and Joel Frahm; trombonist Luis Bonilla; pianists Helen Sung and Reggie Thomas; guitarist Bruce Forman; bassist Ray Drummond; drummer Matt Wilson; and vocalist Mardra Thomas. Opening the concert at 7:30 p.m. is the Marika Galea Quartet from Berklee College of Music.

General admission to the concert is free to the public and expected to be standing room only.

The Gold Circle ticket includes reserved seating in the front rows of the Opening Night Concert. This $50.00 ticket also includes an invitation to the exclusive post-concert dessert reception and after-party with Next Generation Jazz Festival artists and adjudicators.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the Salute to Jazz Education and Judges Concert on Friday, March 27. Gold Circle ticket holders must arrive no later than 7:50 p.m. to claim their reserved seat.

Please note: the $50 Gold Circle ticket does not include a ticket to the Inaugural Next Generation Jazz Festival Gala. For more information on the Next Generation Jazz Festival Gala, please click here.

Monterey Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

If you have questions, please call 831.373.3366 or email

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Join us on March 28 and 29 for the rest of the Next Generation Jazz Festival at the Monterey Conference Center and hear some of the best student jazz musicians in the country. General admission seating is free.

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