The 49th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is now accepting applications for 2019. The festival showcases the country’s most promising soloists and ensembles—both vocal and instrumental—from middle school, high school, and college. They are chosen through recorded auditions reviewed by a panel of jazz educators. Top groups win cash awards and are invited to perform at the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival, which takes place Sept. 20-22.
The coming year’s festival, which also includes clinics, workshops, jam sessions, auditions, and a big band competition, will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, Calif., from April 5-7. The festival’s artists in residence will include drummer Allison Miller and bassist Derrick Hodge.