Next Generation Jazz Festival Coming to Monterey March 30-April 1

65 groups from 3 countries, 12 states are participants

The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced its annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, to take place March 30 and April 1 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, Calif. The weekend-long event includes the Next Generation Jazz Festival Jazz Competition with big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individual musicians, all vying for a spot on the stages of the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The event will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Next Generation Jazz Festival will feature 65 groups from 12 states, Australia, and Japan, and will include the Festival’s 42nd Annual High School Jazz Competition.

The Next Generation Jazz Festival officially starts with the annual Opening Night Concert at 8 p.m. on March 30, at the Monterey Conference Center. The opening night’s activities will feature the Festival’s annual Salute to Jazz Education, along with performances from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet and artists and competition judges, including pianist Shelly Berg, drummer Jeff Hamilton, saxophonists Joel Frahm, Mary Fettig and Aaron Lington; guitarist Corey Christiansen; trombonist Wayne Wallace; trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire and Gilbert Castellanos; bassist Ray Drummond, and vocalist Nnenna Freelon.

The festival will conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions. All Next Generation Jazz Festival competition events are open to the public, free of charge.

For a complete schedule of activities and competition times, visit Next Generation Jazz Festival .