Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival

Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2014

Every spring, Monterey Jazz Festival invites the top student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

In 2014, the 10th Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place March 28-30.

The three-day event includes performances by middle school through college level ensembles as well as competitions, with awards going to the top groups for High School, Conglomerate, and College Big Band Divisions; for High School and College Vocal Ensembles; for High School Combos; and for our newest component, the Open Combo Division for high school conglomerate and college level ensembles. The event also includes Next Generation Jazz Festival's annual Composition Competition, open to high school composers or younger.

The top three high school big bands, top high school combo, top conglomerate big band, top college-level big band and vocal ensemble, top two high school vocal ensembles, and top Open Division combo will be invited to perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19 - 21, 2014.

In total, 10 groups from the Next Generation Jazz Festival will perform at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, with the top high school big band kicking off the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage program on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Other selected groups will perform in the Night Club, the Garden Stage, and the Coffee House Gallery on the Grounds.

Auditions will also be held for chair positions in Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which embarks on a summer tour and is a featured ensemble on the Festival's Sunday afternoon (September 21, 2014) Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage program.

Next Generation Jazz Festival finalists are selected through recorded auditions by leading jazz educators, and will include twelve big bands, six combos, and eight vocal ensembles in the High School Division. Six college-level big bands and six college vocal ensembles will also be selected, in addition to six conglomerate bands, six middle school big bands and six Open Division Combos for college and conglomerate high school ensembles.

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey CA

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