Congratulations to the 2021 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

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.

NGJO 2021

Brandon Goldberg, piano / Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
John Murray, bass / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA
Colman Burks, drums / Plano West, Plano, TX
Blake Slaughter, guitar / Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
Ellah Brown, vocal / Rutherford High School, Rutherford, NJ
Kobie Andrews, steel pan / College Park Academy, Springdale, MD

Santana Rojas, lead / Pebble Hills High School, El Paso, TX
Cameron Davidson / Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, AZ
Jack Towse / Friends Academy, Huntington, NY
Skylar Tang, solo chair / Crystal Springs Uplands School, Foster City, CA
Lóren Littlejohn / Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Andre Perlman, New World School of The Arts, Miami, FL
Andrew Zhang, Lakeside School, Sammamish, WA
Bruno Tzinas, New World School of The Arts, Miami, FL
Chase Bautista, bass / Prospect High School, San Jose, CA

Brandon Suarez, alto / Gulliver Preparatory, Miami, FL
Kevin Brewster, alto / East Kentwood Highschool, Grand Rapids, MI
Nick Caldwell, tenor / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA
Zeb J-A, tenor / Durham Academy, Durham, NC
Noa Zebley, baritone / Northgate High School, Concord, CA


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