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MJF66, Sept. 22-24, 2023


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© Randy Tunnell
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Gerald Clayton with special guest Christian Sands
  • Arena Artist
Jazz United States
  • Sunday, September 25 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Jimmy Lyons Stage

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Gerald Clayton
With special guest Christian Sands

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

Alex Hong, lead / Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Skylar Tang** / Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, Calif.
Jonah Hieb / Garfield High School, Seattle, Wash.
Levi Rozak / Noblesville High School, Noblesville, Ind.
Giovanni Martinez / Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla.

Andre Perlman** / New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
Luciano Soriano / Westlake High School, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Miles Cole / Webster Groves High School, Webster Groves, Mo.
Luke Ramee / Cary Academy, Raleigh, N.C.
Zach Andrews, bass / Webster Groves High School, Webster Groves, Mo.

Cosmo Lieberman, alto / Mira Costa High School, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Henry Berberi, alto / Morris Area High School, Morris, Minn.
Nick Caldwell, tenor*** / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, Calif.
Gael Saldaña, tenor / Diamond Ranch High School, Pomona, Calif.
Noa Zebley, baritone** / Horizons Center for Independent Study, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

William Schwartzman, piano / Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, Calif.
sio Littlejohn, bass / Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, Texas
Beckett Miles, drums / Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla.
Blake Slaughter, guitar** / Fine Arts Center, Greenville, S.C.
Ava Ramsey, vocal / Fine Arts Center, Greenville, S.C.

** Two-time NGJO member
*** Three-time NGJO member