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Next Generation Jazz Festival

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Apr 3 - Apr 5, 2020  All Day Event

Monterey Conference Center

1 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Event Info

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Over 1,300 of the nation’s top student musicians play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in downtown Monterey. 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.


Monterey Conference Center
In addition to our competition stages located at the Monterey Conference Center, the Next Generation Jazz Festival also provides four performance venues or “Spotlight Stages” giving non-competing travel groups and local Monterey County groups opportunities to perform.

Portola Hotel
If you are looking for vocal jazz ensembles, visit the Portola Jazz Club in the lobby of the Portola Hotel.

Dali Expo / Portola Hotel
For big bands and large ensembles check out the Dali Expo at the Custom House Plaza adjacent to the Portola Hotel or the DeAnza I Ballroom in the Portola Hotel.

Turn 12 Bar & Grill
Combo performances can be heard at Turn 12 Bar & Grill, located in downtown Monterey, where you can enjoy music while supporting local businesses.

The event is free to the public.