Events Music Festivals Next Generation Jazz Festival

Next Generation Jazz Festival: Now Virtual

April 3 - 5, 2020

*Update: the Monterey Jazz Festival has decided to make the Next Generation Jazz Festival a virtual event for 2020. After careful consideration and discussion, they have determined that this is the safest course of action and most prudent choice to help slow the coronavirus disease. As the event brings thousands of young people, their families, and the local community to Monterey Coungty, making the event virtual is the most responsible and conscientious decision for the health and well being of our attendees.

Over 1,300 of the nation’s top student musicians flock to the Monterey Conference Center to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, this “Super Bowl of jazz education” welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands.

Over 130 groups apply each year, and from these the very best duke it out for the glory of performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Next Generation Jazz  Festival Tickets

The Next Generation Jazz Festival is free to the public. For a full schedule of events visit the Next Generation Jazz Festival's official website.

Next Generation Jazz Festival Hotels

Several hotels are conveniently located in downtown Monterey and walking distance to the event including the Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Marriott, and Hotel Pacific.

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