Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together some 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.

  • The 2024 NGJO musicians will get together for two virtual rehearsals before September.
  • The NGJO members will be invited to the 67th Monterey Jazz Festival in September for rehearsals, performances, master classes, and workshops.
  • The orchestra will appear on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena during the 67th Monterey Jazz Festival

The 2024 application window is now closed. Thank you for your submissions!

Please contact Claire Kim-Shin, Director of Education at / 831.373.8842 for any questions.


Next Generation Jazz Orchestra 2023
Directed by Gerald Clayton

Cosmo Lieberman,** alto saxophone 1 / California
Miriam Gorof-Behel, alto saxophone 2 / Illinois
Nick Caldwell,**** tenor saxophone 1 / California
Chloe Madrak, tenor saxophone 2 / Connecticut
Austin Falvey, baritone saxophone / North Carolina

Nelson Keakopa, lead / Florida
Alex Hong,** lead / California
Giovanni Martinez,** trumpet 2 / Florida
Lucas Rivero, trumpet 3 / Florida
Joe Friedman, trumpet 4 / Washington

Luciano Soriano,** trombone 1 / California
Miles Cole,** trombone 2 / Missouri
Luke Ramee,** trombone 3 / North Carolina
Priyanka Magavi, trombone 4 / Connecticut
Zach Andrews, ** bass / Missouri

Benjamin Collins-Siegel, piano / New Jersey
Jacqueline Lee, violin / New Jersey
Mason Bryant, guitar / Ohio
Ethan Fairclough, bass / California
Benjamin Schwartz, drums / New Jersey
Ava Preston, vocal / Ohio

** Two-time NGJO member
**** Four-time NGJO member