Programs New and Enhanced 2023 Education Programs
changing lives through jazz education


Monterey Jazz Festival is thrilled to announce MJF’s very first online Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Jazz Combo Challenge via its YouTube channel! The winner and two Honorable Mention Ensembles will be selected. The winner will be invited to the 66th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 22-24, 2023, and will perform at one of the festival stages. Free round-trip tickets to Monterey will be awarded to the members of the winning ensemble.


Trading Fours

Monterey Jazz Festival offers Trading Fours, a fun jazz ensemble class for intermediate to advanced level adult musicians. Led by jazz pianist Bill Spencer, Trading Fours will meet on selected Wednesdays from 7-9pm from May through October and will have a live performance as its final project. The class must meet minimum enrollment of six students.



MJF’s Summer Jazz Camp returns to the beautiful campus of Stevenson School in Pebble Beach beginning Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30. Middle and high school instrumentalists and vocalists of all skill levels are welcome to this intensive and immersive jazz camp. Students will study and perform with our nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty members, including the 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence and the Next Generation Women in Jazz Director, Katie Thiroux. Gerald Clayton, the director of MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will also join the camp as a special guest.


MJF Regional All-Star Program: Certificate of Excellence in Professional Musicianship

MJF is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our MJF Regional All-Star Program: Certificate of Excellence in Professional Musicianship. This program is designed to motivate our All-Star students to become better musicians. Certificates will be awarded to those high school All-Star Band or Vocal Ensemble students who satisfy a set of requirements that are established by MJF’s education department.



Each year, the Monterey Jazz Festival names an internationally-renowned Artist-in-Residence (AIR) who works year-round with MJF’s education programs, providing young musicians with unique performance and clinic opportunities. During the Monterey Jazz Festival weekend, the AIR performs with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and is a featured artist. Previous AIRs have included Derrick Hodge, Allison Miller, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Harland, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Christian Sands, and many others. In 2023 the Artist-in-Residence is award-winning saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin.



Working with students in the classroom and onstage, Monterey Jazz Festival’s Teaching Artists draws upon renowned local, regional, and national jazz instructors and performers who nurture students of all ages. This includes Regional All-Star Band and Vocal Ensemble, Middle School Combo, Summer Jazz Camp, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo, and Trading Fours.


thanks to our EDUCATION partners

Bill Graham Memorial Foundation / Enterprise Holdings Foundation / William H. Donner Foundation, Inc. / Monterey County Gives / Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services / Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation / The National Endowment for the Arts / Sally Hughes Church Foundation / Rotary Club of Cannery Row / Wilhelm Family Foundation / California Arts Council / Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation / Arts Council of Monterey Country / Pebble Beach Company / Community Foundation for Monterey Country / Harden Foundation / Quest Foundation / Monterey Peninsula Foundation / The David & Lucile Packard Foundation / William and Flora Hewlett Foundation / Denny's