49th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019

  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Each spring the Monterey Jazz Festival invites over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to perform and compete at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the Next Generation Jazz Festival features performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, vocal soloists, as well as conglomerate bands. The winning ensembles are invited to perform at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September. The 160 live events of the Next Generation Jazz Festival—from the Friday Night Judges Concert presented by the California Jazz Conservatory, through the weekend’s competition and spotlight shows in downtown Monterey—are free and open to the public.