Next Generation Jazz Festival’s Friday Night Judges Concert Presented by California Jazz Conservatory, April 5, 2019 at Monterey Conference Center

Monterey, Calif; March 7, 2019: The Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) kicks off its 49th edition with its annual celebration of the future of jazz with the Friday Night Judges Concert presented by the California Jazz Conservatory at the Monterey Conference Center’s Serra Ballroom on April 5, 2019.

The annual Judges Concert features the NGJF’s world-class adjudicators and clinicians, led by the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artists-in-Residence, drummer Allison Miller and bassist Derrick Hodge.

The concert will also showcase the musical talent of Justin Kauflin, piano; Patrick Bartley, alto saxophone; Adam Larson, tenor saxophone; Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone; Tanya Darby, trumpet; Steve Wiest, trombone; Russell Malone, guitar; and Michael Mayo, vocals.

Doors to the Serra Ballroom open at 6:45 p.m., with music beginning just prior to 7 p.m. from the Sheila del Bosque Quartet, from Berklee College of Music. The concert officially begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert will also be streamed live on MCAET TV on YouTube.

The concert is free to students and the public, but VIP/Gold Circle Tickets are available for $50 that include seating in the front rows and admission to an after-concert reception with the performers.

“The Friday Night Judges Concert features some of most prodigiously talented musicians and educators from New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, and include alumni of MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra,” said Paul Contos, MJF Education Director. “It’s an understatement to say how exciting this celebration of music is going be!”

The Monterey Conference Center is located at 1 Portola Plaza in Downtown Monterey, the home of the NGJF, which will showcase more than 1200 top students from the United States, Japan, Denmark, and Costa Rica in over 150 free shows throughout the weekend of April 5-7 at five locations in downtown Monterey. For a complete schedule of NGJF performances and activities, visit

The 2019 Next Generation Jazz Festival’s Partners include North Coast Brewing CompanyDistrict 7 WinesInns of Monterey, City of MontereyCalifornia Jazz ConservatoryYamaha DrumsYamaha PianosDownBeatRemo, MCAET TVDali Expo, and La Tortuga Torteria.

Supporters include William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Quest Foundation, California Arts Council, Harden Foundation, California Humanities, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Pebble Beach Foundation, Arts Council for Monterey County, S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County, Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, William H. Donner Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Sally Hughes Church Foundation, Sal Gutierrez Foundation, Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, Joseph Drown Foundation, William H. Donner Foundation, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and Yellow Brick Road Foundation.

Sponsorship opportunities, program advertising information, and more details on the 2019 Next Generation Jazz Festival can be seen by visiting or by calling 831.373.3366.

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Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in the jazz world since 1958, celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.


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