Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo was created in 2019 to feature top high school women jazz players from across the United States. This small combo, directed by award-winning bassist, vocalist, and composer Katie Thiroux, are selected based on set criteria through video auditions. The group has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Jazz Education Network Convention, and at Berklee College of Music where they workshopped with Terri Lyne Carrington at the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.
2022 Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo
Directed by Katie Thiroux
Skylar Tang, trumpet / Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, Calif.
Noa Zebley, baritone saxophone / Horizons Center for Independent Study, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Jacqueline Lee, violin / Montclair High School, Montclair, N.J.
Kaiya Brooks, piano / Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, Calif.
Ruby Farmer, bass / Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jillian Upshaw, drums / Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, D.C.