The Next Generation Jazz Festival officially starts with the annual Opening Night Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Monterey Conference Center's Serra Ballroom. 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. (Photo of Clark Terry ©Will Wallace)

The show features performances by the Festival's team of internationally-renowned artists and competition judges: trumpeter Terell Stafford; saxophonists Mary Fettig, Adam Schroeder 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.

In addition to reserved front rows seating for the Judges Concert, this $50 ticket also includes an invitation to the exclusive post-concert dessert reception and after-party with Next Generation Jazz Festival artists and adjudicators. Click here to purchase tickets.

Major funding for the Monterey Jazz Festival's Education Program comes from the Arts Council for Monterey County, AT&T, Community Foundation for Monterey County, D'Addario Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Harden Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Rotary International, and individual donors.

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