Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

 

About the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (NGJO)

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 21 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form an all-star touring jazz orchestra. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra meets each summer to rehearse with Education Director Paul Contos before embarking on a domestic or international tour that includes performances at several well-known jazz festivals. The program culminates in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the annual Artist-in-Residence.

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra members:

  • Play, listen and learn with peers who challenge them
  • Workshop, rehearse and perform with name Festival artists
  • Play exceptional arrangements like the pros
  • Experience life as professional jazz artists being an on-the-road touring ensemble
  • Experience the thrill of being a performer on the Jimmy Lyons Stage during the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival 

2019 TOUR DATES
JUNE 26: Arrival in Seattle
JUNE 29: 36th TD Victoria International JazzFest, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
JUNE 30: 33rd TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
JULY 1: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington
SEPT. 25: Arrival in Monterey
SEPT. 26: Concert on the Lawn, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, California
SEPT. 26: Jazz Legends Gala, Tehama Golf Club, Carmel, California
SEPT. 27-29: 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California
More to be announced!

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Here’s what our past band members had to say:

I was a member of the All-Star Band in 1999 and 2000, and I learned the true definition of compassion during my trips to Japan with the group. It was the first time in my life I saw a community of people gaining pleasure from giving. Everyone says ‘music is a universal language,’ but I really know this to be true. I met some of my closest friends during those trips to Japan. The importance of a program like this goes far beyond music and lands on humanity itself. —Ambrose Akinmusire

I don't plan to pursue a career in music, but being with these amazing musicians has inspired me to keep playing and improving. Being connected in this web of super talented musicians is an honor and has changed my life for the better. —Andy Arditi, tenor saxophone (2014)

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience in the NGJO. The tour was the best experience I’ve had, and I had a blast in Monterey! At school, Chris, Max and I still talk about stories from Japan! I hope to be in the band again next year! —Nick Lee, trombone (2014)

Next Gen has had a huge impact on my life. The opportunities and networking it has given me has been unbelievable. —Henry Solomon, baritone saxophone (2014)

My host family was amazing and so welcoming to me. And the cultural exchanges when we gave master classes were great. Really special. Anonymous student

The karaoke! The food! The hot springs! —Michael Gutierrez, trumpet (2014)

Read more about the alumni.