Monterey Jazz Festival

Summer Performances in British Columbia and Seattle

Monterey, Calif.- Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce the 2019 members of its Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival’s internationally-renowned high school all-star big band, featuring the best high school jazz musicians in the country.

This year, Monterey Jazz Festival is excited to announce that six women musicians have been selected to the 2019 NGJO, a milestone for the band. This year’s musicians include Summer Camargo (trumpet, Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Jayla Chee (bass, Carlmont High School, Belmont, Calif.); Zion Dyson (vocal, The Bishop’s School, San Diego, Calif.); Serena Geroe (guitar, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, Calif.); Kellin Hanas (trumpet, Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, Ill.); and Veronica Leahy (alto saxophone, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, N.C.).

“The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to equity and inclusivity in every area of the organization and is pleased to see our efforts working to attract more exceptional female student artists to our premier national band.”

Colleen Bailey, Monterey Jazz Festival Executive Director

“I’m so thrilled that this year the ensemble represents what we see all across the country in so many excelling high school jazz programs,” said Paul Contos, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Director and NGJO Director.

These 21 students represent the nation’s most talented high school musicians from eight states and were selected through robust online auditions, judged by professional jazz artists and educators. Student musicians in the 2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra are from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina.

Ten musicians from California include students from Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Ventura counties.

British Columbia and Seattle performances

The 2019 orchestra will travel to Seattle on June 26 for rehearsals and to perform at the 36th TD Victoria International JazzFest in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on June 29; the 33rd TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 30; and at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington on July 1.

In September, the orchestra will return to Monterey to perform the annual free “Concert on the Lawn” for Monterey County students on the Monterey County Fairgrounds (Sept. 26) with an evening performance at MJF’s Jazz Legends Gala honoring Kenny Barron and Dave Holland at Tehama Golf Club in Carmel. The Orchestra will perform throughout the Festival weekend of September 27-29, including a special performance with MJF62 Artists-in-Residence Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge on Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena on Sunday, September 29.

Created in 1971 as a part of Monterey Jazz Festival’s continuing commitment to jazz education, former members of the orchestra include many professional musicians, including pianists Kris Bowers, James Francies, Benny Green, and Patrice Rushen; bassist Larry Grenadier; drummer Chad Wackerman; saxophonists Eddie Barbash, Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Eric Marienthal, Ted Nash, Mark Turner, and Dave Koz; flutist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes; trombonist Natalie Cressman and Andy Martin; trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire, Gilbert Castellanos and Tanya Darby; and big band leader Gordon Goodwin, to name a few.

About Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. The 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 27-29, 2019 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Go to for tickets and more information.

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