Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Gerald Clayton, Director


Ian Munoz, alto*** / New World School of the Arts, Miami, Fla.
Thomas Schinabeck, alto / Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Daiki Nakajima, tenor** / Prospect High School, Saratoga, Calif.
Nick Caldwell, tenor / San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, Calif.
Adam Zilberman, baritone / Westlake High School, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Jonathan Wake / Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Grady Flamm** / Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, Calif.
Kellin Hanas** / Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, Ill.
Kenji Wagner / Interlake High School, Bellevue, Wash.
Ethan Avery*** / Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.

Ilai Macaggi** / Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nev.
Jackson Spellman / Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Riichiro Fujiki / Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Ill.
Nate Gilbreath / Bellevue Senior High School, Bellevue, Wash.
Jack English / Lone Peak High School, Highland, Utah

Isaiah Harwood, piano / California Jazz Conservatory,  Berkeley, Calif.
Satchel Moore, guitar / Wachusett Regional High School, Holden, Mass.
Ahmed McLemore, bass / Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Tex.
David Lee, drums / Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, Calif.
Jackson Hanks, vibraphone / Hoover High School, Hoover, Ala.
Maggie Kinney, vocal / St. Charles North High School, St. Charles, Ill.

** 2-year NGJO Member
*** 3-year NGJO Member



About the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (NGJO)

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 21 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form an all-star jazz orchestra. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra culminates in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the annual Artist-in-Residence. The 2020 Artist-in-Residence will be Christian Sands, one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz.

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra members:

  • Play, listen and learn with peers who challenge them
  • Workshop, rehearse and perform with name Festival artists
  • Play exceptional arrangements like the pros
  • Experience life as professional jazz artists being an on-the-road touring ensemble
  • Experience the thrill of being a performer on the Jimmy Lyons Stage during the Monterey Jazz Festival 

Frequently asked questions about auditioning and the NGJO
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra history
Read the 2020 NGJO Biographies

Read more about the NGJO alumni.

HEADER IMAGE: 2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, July 1, 2019. ©Robert Wade