2018 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Directed by Paul Contos
With Artists-in-Residence Tia Fuller & Ingrid Jensen

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.

2018 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Paul Contos
, Director

Read the biographies of the 2018 NGJO members.

Ian Muñoz
, alto / New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
Willie Bays,** alto / Olympia High School, Olympia, Wash.
Erik Nelson, tenor / Albany High School, Albany, Calif.
Kieran Hitsman, tenor / Dillard High School, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Jason Arkins, baritone / Carmel High School, Carmel Hamlet, N.Y.                                

Jack McDonald 
/ Champaign Central High School, Champaign, Ill.
Jonathan Gittings / Princeton High School, Princeton, N.J.
Ethan Avery / Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.
Kate Williams** / Vanden High School, Fairfield, Calif.
Joey Curreri / Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

Zachary Niess 
/ Yorktown High School, Arlington, Va.
Leo Markel** / Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sam Keedy / Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colo.
Benjamin Conn / Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, Calif.
Joe Turgeon (bass) / Jesuit High School, Sacramento, Calif.

Zack Shubert
, piano / Carlmont High School, Belmont, Calif.
Jordan Reifkind,** guitar / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, Calif.
Isaac Coyle, bass / El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito, Calif.
Peter Glynn, drums / Columbia High School, Maplewood, N.J.
Michael Wang, drums / Los Altos High School, Los Altos, Calif.
William Brandt, vocals / Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

** 2-year NGJO Member

2018 Summer Tour

July 18: Arrive in Monterey
July 21: Coventry Grove Amphitheatre, Berkeley, Calif.
July 22: Depart for Japan from San Francisco
July 23-26: Performance and exchange activities in Awaji
July 26: Performance in Awaji Gakuen
July 26-30: Performances in city of Nanao
July 28: Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto (City of Nanao)
July 30-Aug. 1: Performance and exchanges with Free Hills Jazz program, Nagoya
July 31: Free Hills Jazz Program, Nagoya
Aug. 1: Tokyo TUC jazz club, Tokyo
Aug. 2: Travel to Tomisato (Chiba Prefecture)
Aug. 2-6: Performances, workshops, exchange with Tomisato Mad Hatters
August 4: Tomisato Jazz Festival
Aug. 6: Return to San Francisco
September 20: Concert on the Lawn, Garden Stage, Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, Calif., 11am
September 20: Jazz Legends Gala, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.
September 23: 61st Monterey Jazz Festival, Jimmy Lyons Stage, Monterey, Calif., 12:30pm