Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION FEE:  $27 to upload your application via Acceptd. All auditions are submitted through the Acceptd website

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Saturday, March 29, 2020

Q: WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I’VE MADE THE BAND?
A: The roster of selected students will be posted on the MJF website by Friday, April 17, 2020.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M SELECTED FOR THE BAND?
A: In 2020, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will meet in Monterey in September for a week-long intensive prior to the Monterey Jazz FestivalThe orchestra will also appear at the 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival in a main stage performance with the 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Christian Sands. Members will be contacted by Monterey Jazz Festival with additional information and instructions.

They rehearse with the festival’s Artist-in-Residence, perform for area school groups and at our annual Gala on September 24, and take the main stage for a final performance. Recent Artists-in-Residence have included Allison Miller and Derrick HodgeTia Fuller and Ingrid JensenJohn ClaytonJeff Hamilton and Gerald ClaytonTerri Lyne CarringtonEric Harland, Joe LovanoAmbrose AkinmusireDianne ReevesBranford MarsalisRegina Carter, Terence BlanchardWynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Christian McBride.

Q: WHO ARE SOME OF NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA ALUMNI?
A: Many NGJO musicians have gone on to professional careers in music. These include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummers Justin BrownMarcus Gilmore and Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua RedmanDonny McCaslinMark TurnerEric MarienthalDave Koz, and Hailey Niswanger; trombonists Andy MartinLuis Bonilla and Natalie Cressman, flutist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, trumpeters Gilbert CastellanosAmbrose AkinmusireStacy RowlesDominick Farinacci, and John Daversa; and big band leader Gordon Goodwin to name a few.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A: It costs $27 to audition online via Acceptd. Should you be selected, you will be responsible for travel to and from Monterey (late-September). There is an additional expense associated with the tour (to be determined). We do offer scholarships for those who qualify financially. In short, do NOT let the cost keep you from applying.