50th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival
April 3-5, 2020


High School students can still apply for the Gerald Wilson Award for composition. Deadline is March 29, 2020. 
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Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the Next Generation Jazz Festival 50th anniversary on April 3-5, 2020 in downtown Monterey. This free, three-day festival showcases over 1,300 of the nation’s top student musicians from middle and high school groups of every kind: big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles. The winning ensembles from the competitive divisions are invited back to perform at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September. In 2020, 44 ensembles from five states are finalists!

Important Information for Next Generation Jazz Festival Auditionees and Participants


Becoming a PARTNER with the Next Generation Jazz Festival means you believe in jazz education and supporting the students that perform the music they love. Being a partner helps the Monterey Jazz Festival continue to provide the Next Generation Jazz Festival free-of-charge to the community. We hope you will consider joining us.

If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact:

Colleen Bailey
Executive Director

Thank You To Our 2019 Partners

Future Dates for the Next Generation Jazz Festival
50th NGJF: April 3-5, 2020
51st NGJF: March 19-21, 2021
52nd NGJF: April 1-3, 2022