2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival


2018 NGJF Schedule of Events

Congratulations to the 2018 NGJF Finalists!

Live Web Streams from the Next Generation Jazz Festival

Each spring we invite over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, vocal soloists, as well as conglomerate bands. The 48th Next Generation Jazz Festival takes place March 9-11, 2018.

Next Generation Jazz Festival Audition Submissions are over. Only the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and High School Composition Competition categories are still open. Deadline: March 25, 2018

The public is also invited to the Friday Night Judges Concert Presented by the California Jazz Conservatory at the Monterey Conference Center on March 9. This is a FREE event. 

Over the course of three days, students:

  • Hear and play with some of the best student performers in the country
  • Learn tips and techniques in workshops led by the pros
  • Get their minds blown by our star-studded judges band at the Friday Night Judges Concert, Presented by the California Jazz Conservatory
  • Receive detailed and thoughtful critique from our experienced adjudicators
    and the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-In-Residence, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen
  • Jam for each other and the locals all over downtown Monterey

The Next Generation Jazz Festival is open to performing groups in the following categories:

Learn more:

Schools, Product Makers and Advertisers:

Information about table rentals and advertising in the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival Program (PDF downloads) will be coming soon.

Next Generation Jazz Festival
Located at the Monterey Conference Center, Portola Hotel, and other locations in downtown Monterey
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940


Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors and Partners:


District 7

Inns of Monterey

California Jazz Conservatory


City of Monterey


Latin Percussion

Remo Drumheads

S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County

Arts Council for Monterey County

Turn 12 Bar and Grill

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Media Center for Art, Education and Technology

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast

Dali 17


Future Dates for the Next Generation Jazz Festival
49th NGJF: April 5-7, 2019
50th NGJF: April 3-5, 2020
51st NGJF: March 19-21, 2021
52nd NGJF: April 1-3, 2022


Experience Past Next Generation Jazz Festivals

You can see hundreds of pictures from past Next Generation Jazz Festivals by going to the Monterey Jazz Festival's Facebook page.

Listen to an interview previewing the 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival with Paul Contos on KUSP 88.9FM. Originally broadcast  March 24, 2014.