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MJF66, Sept. 22-24, 2023


  • Arena Artist
Jazz United States
  • Sunday, September 24 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Jimmy Lyons Stage

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Gerald Clayton
Featuring 2023 Artist-in-Residence, Lakecia Benjamin

Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 20 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (NGJO) directed by GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton. Established in 1971, the NGJO traditionally gathers for one weekend in the summer to begin rehearsals in preparation for a domestic or international tour.

Having received worldwide acclaim, tour performances for the Orchestra have included festivals and venues in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe. Tenure in the NGJO culminates in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the annual Artist-in-Residence. Former members of the NGJO are a formidable list of contemporary stars in the jazz world and include Benny Green, Patrice Rushen, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and many others.

Gerald Clayton, Director

Members of the 2023 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will be announced in the spring of 2023.