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Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Fest Hosts America’s Top Young Jazz Musicians

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 22, 2013

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The 9th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival takes place April 5-7, 2013, at the Monterey Conference Center. The weekend-long event includes Big Bands, Combos, Vocal Ensembles, and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The event will be open to the public, free of charge.

With more than 1200 students participating in the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the public can enjoy the largest gathering of young jazz talent in Northern California, outside of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself. Fifty-six groups from 14 states are finalists in 2013, which includes the Festival’s 43rd Annual High School Jazz Competition. Click here for the list of finalists.

Major funding for the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra performance tour comes from a three-year grant awarded by the Surdna Foundation.

California is represented by 41 ensembles from 14 counties–including Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura Counties.

Other states represented include Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Washington State.  In addition, 19 special guest groups shall perform, including student ensembles from Japan, Alaska,California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas. Altogether, 75 bands will perform at the Next Generation Jazz Festival.


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