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Next Generation Jazz Festival Announces Winners

Top groups—including the first winner from outside the United States—are set to perform at Monterey Jazz Festival in September

A student performs during a previous Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey

The results are in from the Next Generation Jazz Festival competition, where 108 ensembles from 11 states and four countries performed April 5-7.

Sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, the event 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.

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