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The annual Next Generation Jazz Festival kicks off April 1 - 3, 2011 in downtown Monterey! The weekend-long event features over 1200 students, performing in 64 groups from 10 states will participate in this year’s event, which marks the Festival’s 40th anniversary of its annual High School Jazz Competition! Come hear the future of jazz all weekend long at the Monterey Conference Center and other downtown Monterey locations!

Unable to make the trip to Monterey? Watch performances from the Next Generation Jazz Festival live on the Internet! We will be streaming the performances in the Serra Ballroom on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Tune in and see all the action, all the excitement, all the music, all weekend! Click on the link to see Webcast times.

The opening night's activities on April 1 will feature the Festival's free Salute to Jazz Education, including performances by the internationally-renowned competition judges -- pianist Alan Pasqua, drummer Peter Erskine, saxophonists Antonio Hart, Paul Contos, Mary Fettig, and Aaron Lington; trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire and Sal Cracchiolo; bassist Ray Drummond, and vocalists Jennifer Barnes and Michele Weir. Also performing during the evening concert will be the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, two-time Grammy nominee, saxophonist Joshua Redman.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to offer FREE apps for the Digital Music Education Project (DMEP) and the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) for iPhone and Android!

With the Digital Music Education Project App, you can experience educational insights into the world’s top jazz artists, with extensive interviews, tips, inspiration, and resources, free of charge, on your iPhone or Android! Go to the Festival’s App Store on your mobile phone at montereyjazzfestival.org/apps to download to your SmartPhone, or search the iPhone or Android App Stores for “DMEP.” Major advancements to this project were funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

With the Next Generation Jazz Festival App, you can explore the Festival schedule by day or stage; read bios of performing bands and artists; connect to them by links to videos and Web sites (including Facebook and Twitter); see Google maps with venue locations, and create your own custom schedule! Using your mobile phone, go to the Festival’s App Store at montereyjazzfestival.org/apps to download the NGJF app on your SmartPhone, or search the iPhone or Android App Stores for “NGJF.”

“It's a mood, a party, a tribal gathering, an improvisation, and a cultural colossus.”
 -- San Jose Mercury News

Stay tuned for the MJF/54 Artists Announcement at 9:00 am on Monday, April 18! With 500 Artists giving 90 performances on 8 stages for 2 days and 3 nights, the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival promises to have something for everyone -- non-stop entertainment all weekend long, with 30 hours of world-class music, 20 acres of fun for the whole family, including jazz films, conversations with the stars, jazz exhibitions, fabulous food and beverages, and an international shopping bazaar!

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