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Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival Now Accepting Applications

Ambrose Akinmusire Named Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence for 2012

The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the 8th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The festival will take place in downtown Monterey from March 30-April 1, 2012.

The Next Generation Jazz Festival evolved from the Festival’s California High School Jazz Competition, started in 1971, and held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for 35 of its 41-year history. The festival is now accepting applications from middle school, high school and college big bands; from high school and college level conglomerate bands; from open combos; and from high school combos and vocal jazz ensembles through January 22. Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website. The application process is free of charge, as is participation in the prestigious event.

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