47th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey is this weekend. The level of musicianship of the high school and college youngsters chosen to play this free, and annual jazz smorgasbord is so high and so assured.
There are 68 groups coming from nine states, breaking off into big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individuals to wow audiences and judges, the latter of which will hand-pick which youngsters get to play at the MJF in September, as well as join the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Check out the link below for more information. http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/