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MJF67, Sept. 27-29, 2024


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Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with the Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo: Jason Moran’s Ellington 125
  • Arena Artist
  • Sunday, September 29 12:30 pm - 12:20 pm Jimmy Lyons Stage

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Gerald Clayton
Jason Moran will also appear with the NGJO to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth.

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

Aurnob Khan, 1st trumpet, California
Ezra Seelaus, 2nd trumpet, Florida
Xavier Anderson, 3rd trumpet, Florida
Breck Cherry, 4th trumpet, Florida
Theodore Peebles, 5th trumpet, Pennsylvania

Kysen Ellis, 1st trombone, Washington
Jordan Klein, 2nd trombone, California
Sidney Kitchen, 3rd trombone, Michigan
Daniel Kent, bass trombone, Missouri

Jordan McAllister, 1st alto sax, Florida
Anish Alur, 2nd alto sax, New Jersey
Luca Savarino, 1st tenor sax, Pennsylvania
Gustavo Cruz, 2nd tenor sax, North Carolina
Samuel Chung, baritone sax, California

Salome Ospina, piano, California
Jackson Petty, guitar, California
Sofia Longa, bass, Florida
Ethan Oliver, drums, North Carolina
Lucy Khadder, violin, California**
Jolie Demesmin, vocal, Florida

**2-time member